Caroline Orr


Research assistant, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University

Interests: Women’s health and reproductive health issues, violence prevention efforts, psychosocial and socioeconomic determinants of health and health disparities, the role of social stigma as it relates to health disparities and inequalities, and the intersection of public health and public policy.


Web: VCU page

Address:  Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Medicine
Health Behavior and Policy
830 East Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219


Caroline is currently working with Dr. Kellie Carlyle on several ongoing research projects in the areas of interpersonal violence and teen dating violence prevention, media literacy, and theory-based intervention design.

Caroline graduated Summa Cum Laude from East Carolina University, where she completed her B.A. in Psychology. Caroline also earned her M.A. in Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University and her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University-Maryland

Papers & Posters

Peril or protection: Discussions about #CampusCarry on Twitter and Instagram

Poster presented at DCHC 2017 conference  on April 29, 2017

Results: The discussion about Campus Carry on Instagram and Twitter is characterized by an overrepresentation of the risks of violence on college campuses and an underestimation of the risks associated with firearms on campus, along with other skewed presentations of risk. Risk factors such as alcohol, drug use, dating violence, mental illness, and sexual assault are rarely considered in these discussions, despite their prevalence on college campuses.

Panel Presentation and Discussion

“Pinning about #IPV: The discussion about intimate partner violence on Pinterest”

Friday April 28, 2017
DCHC 2017 “Patient-Centered Health Communication” Conference

The results show that victim blaming was present in 11.7% (n=88) of the sample, 8% (n=60) mentioned rape, 10.5% (n=75) mentioned bystander intervention (either the presence of or encouragement to), and 13.5% (n=102) mentioned homicide.

In addition, study results suggest that mentioning physical abuse may have an effect on Pinterest engagement… and suggest that when Pinterest users mention or show psychological abuse in pins, engagement with their pins increases


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