Professor and Chair, 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
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CV / Resume
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Dr. Quinn is Professor and Chair of 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

  • QUINN, S.,  Jamison, A., An, J., Freimuth, V., Hancock, G. & Musa, D.  Breaking Down the Monolith: Understanding Flu Vaccine Uptake among African Americans.  Social Science and Medicine: Population Health.  April 2018.  4: 25-36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2017.11.003
  • QUINN, S.,  Jamison, A., An, J., Freimuth, V., Hancock, G.  Determinants of Influenza Vaccination among High-Risk Black and White Adults.  Vaccine.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2017.10.083. October 2017.  
  • QUINN, S. , Hilyard, K. , Jamison, A., An, J., Hancock, G., Musa, D. & Freimuth, V.   The Influence of Social Norms on Flu Vaccination Among African American and White Adults.  Health Education Research.  2017.  32 (6): 473–486. https://doi.org/10.1093/her/cyx070
  • Freimuth, V., Jamison, A., An, J., Hancock, G & QUINN, S.    Determinants of Trust in the Flu Vaccine for African Americans and Whites.  Social Science & Medicine.  2017: 193: 70-79.
  • QUINN, S.   African American Adults And Seasonal Influenza Vaccination: Changing Our Approach Can Move The Needle.  Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics. 2017. https://doi.org/10.1080/21645515.2017.1376152
  • Liu, B., QUINN, S.,   Egnoto, M., Freimuth, V. & Boonchaisri, N.  Public Understanding of Medical Countermeasures.  Health Security.  2017. 15(2): 194-206.
  • Freimuth, V., Jamison, A., Hancock, G., Musa, D., Hilyard, K. & QUINN, S.  The role of risk perception in flu vaccine behavior among African American and White Adults in the US.  Risk Analysis. 2017. doi:10.1111/risa.12790
  • QUINN, S.,  Jamison, A., Freimuth, V., An, J., Hancock, G. & Musa, D.  Exploring Racial Influences on Flu Vaccine Attitudes and Behavior: Results of a National Survey of African American and White Adults.  Vaccine.  2017.  35: 1167–1174.
  • QUINN, S.,  Jamison, A., Musa D, Hilyard K, Freimuth V. Exploring the Continuum of Vaccine Hesitancy Between African American and White Adults: Results of a Qualitative Study. PLOS Currents Outbreaks. 2016 Dec 29. Edition 1. doi: 10.1371/currents.outbreaks.3e4a5ea39d8620494e2a2c874a3c4201.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. , 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.
  • Kumar, S.  , QUINN, S.  , Kim, K., Daniel, L. & Freimuth, V.  The Impact of Workplace Policies and Other Social Determinants on Influenza-Like Illness Incidence during the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic.  American Journal of Public Health.  2012; 102:134–140.
  • Kumar, S.,   QUINN, S.  , Kim, K., Musa, D. & Freimuth, V.  A Social Ecological Model for H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Acceptance in the US.  Health Education & Behavior.  2012. 39(2) 229–243.
  • QUINN, S.  , Kumar, S.  , Freimuth, V., Kidwell, K. & Musa, D.  Racial Disparities in Exposure, Susceptibility and Access to Health Care in the US H1N1 Influenza Pandemic.  American Journal of Public Health.  2011. 101 (2): 285-293.
  • QUINN, S.  , Kumar, S.  , Freimuth, V., Kidwell, K.  & Musa, D.  Public Willingness to Take a Vaccine or Drug Under Emergency Use Authorization during the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic.  Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science.  2009. 7(3), 1-16