Sandra Crouse Quinn
Dr. Quinn is the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Education, Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, and Director of the Peace Corps Master’s International Program at the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. She is the Principal Investigator on an NIH Bioethics Research Initiative grant, Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers, funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), NIH. She is Co-principal Investigator on a 5-year Research Center of Excellence on Minority Health Disparities, also funded by the NCMHD, NIH. She is also the Co-principal Investigator on a 5-year, CDC-funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center, Public Health Adaptive Systems Studies, which focuses on public health systems’ capacities to respond to disasters and emergencies. In the PHASYS Center, her specific focus is on risk communication and vulnerable populations. Dr. Quinn is the Principal Investigator on a national study of public attitudes toward H1N1 conducted during summer 2009, and she just received a 1-year administrative supplement from CDC to extend her first survey into a longitudinal study of vaccine acceptance, disparities, attitudes toward emergency use authorizations, and other topics pertinent to the H1N1 pandemic.
She was the Principal Investigator on a recent CDC-funded study on communication between postal workers and public health professionals during the 2001 anthrax attack. Her research interests include engagement of minority and marginalized communities in research; community advisory boards; and risk communication in emergencies and disasters with a specific focus on minority populations. Dr. Quinn recently served as the guest editor of a theme issue on emergency risk communication and pandemic influenza for the journal Health Promotion Practice. She serves on the editorial board of Health Education & Behavior, for which she was a guest editor on a 2006 theme issue on health disparities, and on the editorial advisory boards of Health Promotion Practice and Family and Community Health.
Dr. Quinn teaches Risk Communication, a required course in the Certificate in Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response. She is a Communications Instructor in the Senior Crisis Management Seminar, organized by the American University under contract with the U.S. State Department. The seminar is a 1-week intensive program addressing a wide range of issues relating to crisis/emergency management for senior professionals from foreign governments.
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