Professor and Chair, Family Science
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 and Senior Associate Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity, School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. She is currently a Principal Investigator on a contract from the Maryland Health Care Commission for a legislatively mandated Study of Mortality Rates of African American Infants and Infants in Rural Areas in Maryland. She is also currently Principal Investigator (w. D. Broniatowski) on a National Institute of General Medical Sciences/NIH grant, Supplementing Survey-Based Analyses of Group Vaccination Narratives and Behaviors Using Social Media. She was Principal Investigator (with S. Thomas) on a National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities/NIH Center of Excellence in Race, Ethnicity and Health Disparities Research. Within the COE, she was the Principal Investigator on a mixed-methods study, Uncovering and Addressing Cultural Beliefs behind Vaccine Racial Disparities, both completed in late 2017. She was also the Principal Investigator 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 also Principal Investigator (with Thomas) of a Grand Opportunity grant from the Office of the Director, NIH: “Bioethics Research Infrastructure Initiative: Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers”. As the Principal Investigator 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 and to test an empirical model of disparities in exposure, susceptibility and access to care during a pandemic. As Principal Investigator, she also conducted a CDC funded qualitative study of communication between postal workers and public health professionals during the 2001 anthrax attack. 

She is an appointed member of a National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine committee on Evidence-Based Practices for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response. 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

FMSC 879: Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals

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

Ms. Amelia Jamison, Dr. Vicki Freimuth, Dr. Greg Hancock, Dr. Stephen Thomas, Dr. Craig Fryer, Dr. James Butler, Dr. Devlon Jackson, Dr. Susan Passmore, Dr. David Broniatowski (George Washington University), Dr. Mark Dredze (Johns Hopkins University)

  • QUINN, S. , Jamison, A. & Freimuth, V. Measles Outbreaks and Public Attitudes Towards Vaccine Exemptions: Some Cautions and Strategies for Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics. 2019.  DOI: 10.1080/21645515.2019.1646578
  • Poland, G., Lee, L., Powell, J. & the Advisory Group Meeting on Influenza Immunization among Older Adults: Population Health Strategies for Promoting Equity and Achieving Healthy People 2020 Goals (QUINN, S. is a member).  Effective and equitable influenza vaccine coverage in older and vulnerable adults: The need for evidence-based innovation and transformation.  Vaccine.  2019.  37 (16). 2167-2170.
  • Jamison, A., QUINN, S.,  & Broniatowski, D.  Malicious Actors on Twitter: A Guide for Public Health Researchers. American Journal of Public Health. 2019. 109:5, 688-692.
  • Lama, Y., Hu, D., Jamison, A., QUINN, S.   , & Broniatowski, D.  Characterizing Trends in Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Discourse on Reddit (2007-2015): An Observational Study.  JMIR Public Health and Surveillance. 2019. 5 (1). Doi 10.2196/12480.
  • QUINN, S.  , Jamison, A., An, J., Hancock, G. & Freimuth, V.  Measuring Vaccine Hesitancy, Confidence, Trust and Flu Vaccine Uptake: Results of a National Survey of US Adults.  Vaccine.  2019.  37 (9). 1168-1173.
  • Ahmed, N., QUINN, S. , Jamison, A., Hancock, G. & Freimuth, V.  Social Media Use and Flu Vaccine Uptake.  Vaccine. 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.10.049
  • Jamison, A., QUINN, S.  , & Freimuth, V.  “You don’t trust a government vaccine”: Narratives of Institutional Trust and Influenza Vaccination among African American and White Adults.  Social Science & Medicine. 2018.  221: 87-94.
  • Broniatowski, D., Jamison, A., Qi, S., AlKulaib, L., Chen, T., Benton, A., QUINN, S.   & Dredze, M.  Weaponized Health Communication: Twitter Bots and Russian Trolls Amplify the Vaccine Debate.  American Journal of Public Health. 2018. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304567*
  • Lama Y, Chen T, Dredze M, Jamison A, QUINN, S.,   & Broniatowski, D. Discordance between HPV Twitter Images and Disparities in HPV Risk and Disease: A Mixed Methods Analysis.  J Med Internet Res 2018. URL: http://www.jmir.org/0000/0/e0/ doi:10.2196/10244
  • Jackson, D., Passmore, S., Fryer, C., Chen, J., Kleinman, D., Horowitz, A., Butler, J., Garza, M., QUINN, S., & Thomas, S.  Mission of Mercy emergency dental clinics: an opportunity to promote general and oral health.  BMC Public Health.  July 2018: 18: 878  https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5792-z
  • Butler, J., Fryer, C., Garza, M., QUINN, S., & Thomas, S.   Commentary: Critical Race Theory Training to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: The Public Health Critical Race Praxis Institute. Ethnicity & Disease. 28: Supplement 1. 2018: 279-284.
  • Huang X, Smith, M., Jamison, A., Broniatowski, D., Dredze, M., QUINN, S., Cai, J., & Paul, M. Can online self-reports assist in real-time identification of influenza vaccination uptake? A cross-sectional study of influenza vaccine-related tweets in the USA, 2013–2017. BMJ Open. 2018; 9:e024018. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2018-024018
  • 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.  Vaccinehttps://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.