Irma Corral, PhD

Interim Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion | Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV


Irma Corral, Ph.D., MPH is the interim associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion and associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral health for the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV.

Dr. Corral earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from UNLV. She completed a master of science degree (MS) in psychology and a master of public health (MPH) degree with a specialization in health promotion from San Diego State University (SDSU). She then earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from SDSU and the University of California, San Diego’s joint doctoral program.

Dr. Corral is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in behavioral medicine/health psychology. Her areas of clinical care include pre-surgical psychological evaluation for a variety of medical procedures, as well as psychological care for medically complex and chronically ill patients. A former division chief for behavioral medicine at an academic medical center, she has experience leading a mental health division, as well as training psychology, social work, psychiatry, and other medical learners. Her research focuses on sociocultural and structural factors in health behavior and chronic illness, as well as racial/ethnic disparities in physical and mental health. She has a career-long history of contributing to biomedical pipeline programs as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Her health equity work has included community-based participatory research, methodological innovations for conducting community-based survey research, and capacity building initiatives for community-based organizations working with academic partners. In her current role, her interests include faculty development, learning environment management, medical Spanish programs for future healthcare workers, and mentoring of first-generation students in psychology and medicine.

Target Populations: Adults, Seniors, African American Populations, Hispanic/Latinx Populations/Asian Populations/Pacific Islander Populations/Native American Population, LGBTQIA+

Research/Focal Areas: Build Environment, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Education, Health Equity, Mental Health, Poverty