Pamela Scorza

Dr. Pamela Scorza is interested in the prevention of mental disorders and promotion of mental wellness. Her current research focuses on mechanisms of intergenerational transmission of risk for poor mental health in contexts of adversity. Specifically she is examining epigenetic and behavioral pathways of intergenerational transmission in a multi-generational longitudinal study of Puerto Rican youth. Dr. Scorza earned a Doctor of Science degree at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, where she was part of a research project adapting a family-based intervention to prevent mental disorders in children in families affected by HIV/AIDS in rural Rwanda.

Research Interests

Adverse childhood experiences
Child policy
Early interventions or prenatal to age three interventions
Long reach of childhood or childhood origins of adult health
Parenthood programs


Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children
World Mental Health Surveys