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
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Dr. Quinn is a Professor in the Department of Family Science, Director of the doctoral program in Maternal and Child Health, and Senior Associate Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity, School of Public Health, University of Maryland. From 2011-2017, she was Principal Investigator (with S. Thomas) for the Center of Excellence in Race, Ethnicity and Health Disparities Research, and the PI on a study, Uncovering and Addressing Cultural Beliefs behind Vaccine Racial Disparities.  She is currently PI (w. D. Broniatowski, George Washington University) on a NIGMS grant, Supplementing Survey-Based Analyses of Group Vaccination Narratives and Behaviors Using Social Media. In recent years, she was the PI on two FDA funded studies: 1) Public Attitudes Toward Medical Countermeasures and 2) Investigating Factors Associated with Participation of Racial & Ethnic Minority Populations in FDA Regulated Research. Dr. Quinn was PI (with Dr. Thomas) of a Grand Opportunity grant from the Office of the Director, NIH and NIMHD: “Bioethics Research Infrastructure Initiative: Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers”. As the PI of a CDC funded study, Public Attitudes Toward H1N1 Influenza, she led two national surveys during the H1N1 influenza pandemic, becoming the first to examine public attitudes toward emergency use authorizations for drugs and vaccines. She was also funded by the CDC to study communication between postal workers and public health professionals during the anthrax attack.  Her research interests include vaccine acceptance in routine and emergency situations; racial disparities in vaccine uptake; crisis and emergency risk communication with a specific focus on minority populations; and engagement of minority and marginalized communities in research. 

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