Professor, Family Science
Director of Maternal and Child Health PhD Program, Senior Associate Director of Maryland Center for Health Equity
Other Affiliations: Center for Health Equity
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health Building | Room: 1142L SPH
Phone: 301.405.8825 |
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CV / Resume
PDF icon Oct 20 2013 Quinn CV.PDF

Dr. Quinn is a Professor in the Department of Family Science, Director of the Maternal and Child Health PhD program, and Senior Associate Director of the Center for Health Equity in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is the Principal Investigator (with Dr. Stephen Thomas) on the Center of Excellence in Race, Ethnicity and Health Disparities Research, funded by the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and within it, she is also the Principal Investigator on a study, Uncovering and Addressing Cultural Beliefs behind Vaccine Racial Disparities.  She is also the Principal Investigator on a study, Public Understanding of Medical Countermeasures, funded by the US Food and Drug Administration. Additionally, she is a co-Investigator on the National Research Mentor Network, a NIH grant; on that grant, she is specifically engaged on the Mentor Training Core. She was the Principal Investigator on a NIH Grand Opportunity Grant, Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers: A Bioethics Research Infrastructure Initiative funded by the NIMHD and the Office of the Director, NIH. She has worked for more than twenty years on addressing the legacy of the US Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee. Dr. Quinn received her doctoral degree in Health Education at the University of Maryland. Prior to her doctoral work, she worked in substance abuse and mental health treatment programs in two local health departments.  Her research interests include engagement of minority and marginalized communities in research; factors associated with vaccine acceptance in routine and emergency situations; and risk communication in emergencies, pandemics and disasters with a specific focus on minority populations.  

Education and Training

Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park

  • Major: Health Education (Specialty Areas: Community Health in Minority Populations; Health Communication)

M.Ed., The American University, Washington, DC

  • Major: Counseling (Specialty Area: Sex Education Counseling)

BS, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

  • Major: Social Welfare

None at this time.

Honors and Awards
  • 2006 - 2011: Fellow, Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster
  • 2010: Fulbright Senior Specialist Grantee, Universidade de Fortaleza, Brazil
  • 2006 - 2007: Selected Fellow, Hewdig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women
  • 2005: Health Education Mentor Award, Society for Public Health Education
  • 2002 - 2003: Fellow, National Public Health Education Leadership Institute
  • 2000 - 2001: Selected Participant in the American Association for the Advancement of Science Course: Racial and Ethnic Minorities as Research Subjects: Challenges for Research Ethics

Dr. Stephen Thomas, Dr. Craig Fryer, Dr. Mary Garza, Dr. James Butler, Dr. Sue Passmore, Dr. Karen Hilyard, Dr. Vicki Freimuth, Dr. Brooke Liu, Erica Casper, Shawnta Jackson, Dr. Devlon Jackson

  • Passmore, S., Fryer C. , Butler, J. , Garza, M., Thomas, S., & QUINN, S.  Building a “Deep Fund of Good Will”: Reframing Research Engagement.  Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2016. 27(1) In Press.
  • QUINN, S.,  Hilyard, K. , Castaneda-Angarita, N.  & Freimuth, V.  Public Acceptance of Peramivir during the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic: Implications for Other Drugs or Vaccines Under Emergency Use Authorizations.  Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 2015. 9(2): 166-174.
  • Fryer, C. , Passmore, S., Maietta, R., Petruzzelli, J., Casper, E., Brown, N. , Butler, J., Garza, M. , Thomas, S. & QUINN, S.    The Symbolic Value and Limitations of Racial Concordance in the Engagement of Minority Populations in Research.  Qualitative Health Research.  Published online before print March 13, 2015, doi: 10.1177/1049732315575708.
  • Kasckow, J., Morse, J., Begley, A., Anderson, S., Bensasi, S., Thomas, S., QUINN, S.  & Reynolds, C.  Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in Emotionally Distressed Individuals.  Psychiatry Research.  2014. 220 (1-2): 370-375.
  • Freimuth, V., Musa, D., Hilyard, K.  & QUINN, S.   Trust in the Early Stages of the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic.  Journal of Health Communication.  2014.  (19): 321-339.
  • QUINN, S.   & Kumar, S.   Health Inequalities and Infectious Disease Epidemics: A Challenge for Global Health Security. Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science.  2014.  12 (5): 263-273.
  • Reynolds, C., Thomas, S., Morse, J., Anderson, S., Albert, S., Dew, M., Begley, A., Karp, J., Gildengers, A., Butters, M., Stack, J., Kasckow, J., Miller, M. & QUINN, S.  Early Intervention to Preempt Major Depression in Older Black and White Adults.  Psychiatric Services.  2014; 65:765–773,
  • Hilyard, K. , QUINN, S.,  Kim, K., Musa, D., & Freimuth, V.  Determinants of Parental Acceptance of the H1N1 Vaccine.  Health Education & Behavior. 2013. 41(3) 307–314.
  • QUINN, S., Kass, N. & Thomas, S.  Building Trust for Engagement of Minorities in Human Subjects Research:  Is the Glass Half Full, Half Empty or the Wrong Size? (Editorial).  American Journal of Public Health.  2013: 103 (12): 2119-2121.
  • Butler, J. , QUINN, S. , Fryer, C. , Garza, M. ,  Kim, K., & Thomas, S.  Characterizing Researchers by Strategies Used for Retaining Minority Participants: Results of a National Survey.  Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2013 (36): 61-67.
  • QUINN, S. , Parmer, J., Freimuth, V., Hilyard, K. , Musa, D. & Kim, K. Exploring Communication, Trust in Government and Vaccine Intention Later in the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic: Results of a National Survey.  Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science.  June 2013, 11(2): 96-106.
  • QUINN, S.  Garza, M. , Fryer, C. , Butler, J. , Barnard, D., Casper, E., Kim, K. & Thomas, S.  Improving Informed Consent with Minority Participants: Results from Researchers and Community Surveys.  Journal of Empirical Research on Human Subjects Ethics. 2012: 7 (5): 44-55