Dr. Julia Perilla receives the 2011 Carl V. Patton President's Outstanding Faculty and Staff Award for Community Service and Social Action


Dr. Julia Perilla (Associate Professor of Psychology) is an internationally recognized scholar for her community-based research and interventions related to issues of domestic violence, homelessness, Latino immigrant families, and the effects of exposure to natural and human-caused disasters. This strong record of service and social action has tremendous impact, particularly in Latino/Latina families and communities, but also in the lives and careers of the students who work with her on these important problems. In light of this, it was unsurprising when Dr. Perilla was nominated by her students for the Carl V. Patton President’s Award for Community Service and Social Justice, and completely fitting when Georgia State University honored her with the award for Outstanding Faculty and Staff this year. For more information on Professor Perilla's research program and community work, see her faculty profile page.  Click here to read the A&S story about Dr. Perilla's work with migrant workers in south Georgia.

Julia Perilla is Director of the National Latin@ Research Center on Family and Social Change. She is a faculty affiliate of the Georgia State University Partnership for Urban Health Research (

The Carl V. Patton President’s Award for Community Service and Social Justice were established in 2005 by former University President Patton and the Office of Civic Engagement. In 2010, the awards were named in his honor.