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Camille R. Quinn

Associate Professor of Social Work

Camille R. Quinn

Dr. Camille R. Quinn, PhD, AM, LCSW, LISW-S, is a health criminologist scholar whose research focuses on investigating the health and mental health equity of African American adolescents and young adults at the intersections of race, gender, health, crime and system involvement. Specifically, as an extension of her vast practice experience, she uses mixed-methods research to identify and address the needs of Black girls and young women involved in the youth punishment system to develop and advance effective and proactive prevention and intervention approaches as well as practice, policy and research. Currently, Quinn is the PI of a National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities Loan Repayment award focused on mental health disparities of Black girls who are involved with the youth punishment system, and a PI of the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge grant, which invests in efforts to increase criminal justice reform at the local level.


Year Degree   School
2014 PhD Social Work University of Illinois at Chicago
1998 AM Social Service Administration University of Chicago
1992 BS Psychology University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • Boyd, D., Abubakari, G. M., LoVette, A., Whitfield, D. L., Turpin, R., Ramos, S. R., Quinn, C. R., & Hickson, D. A. (in press). Assessing the influence of child sexual behavior on depression among Black MSM in the South. Archives of Sexual Behavior.
  • McCarter, S., Quinn, C. R., Lea, C., & Abrams, L. (In press). Promote Smart Decarceration. In M. Teasley, M. Spencer, K. Tertrick & M. Davis. (Eds.), Social Work and the Grand Challenge to Eliminate Racism.
  • Waller, B., Maleku, A., Quinn, C. R., Adhikari, A., B., Sprague-Martinez, L., Traube, D., & Bellamy, J. (in press). Just research: Advancing antiracist and antioppressive social work research. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.
  • Quinn, C. R., Waller, B., Hughley, A., Boyd, D. T., Cobb, R., Hardy, K., Radney, A., & Voisin, D. R. (2023). The relationship between religion, substance misuse, and mental health among Black youth. Religion Special Issue: Religion and Health for Black Youth, 14(3), 325.
  • Quinn, C. R., Boyd, D. T., Menon, S., Mitchell, M., Radney, A., Coker, E., Allen, J. L., Simmons-Horton, S., Hughley, A., DiClemente, R., & Voisin, D. R. (2023). Exploring substance misuse behaviors among black girls in detention: Intersections of trauma, sex, and age. Addictive Behaviors: An International Journal, 143.
  • Ruch, D. A., Steelesmith, D. L., Brock, G., Boch, S., Quinn, C. R., Teplin, L., Bridge, J. A., Campo, J. V., & Fontanella, C. A. (2022). Early mortality and cause of death among youth incarcerated in the Juvenile Justice System. Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • Kim, B. K. E., DeLeon, J., Quinn, C. R., Logan-Greene, P. B., & Nurius, P. S. (2022). Understanding the School to Prison Pipeline for Black Probation Youth. In P. Burch (Ed.) System Failure: Policy and Practice in the School to Prison Pipeline. 100-117.
  • Jones, K., Boyd, D., & Quinn, C. R. (2022). The impact of mother support and natural mentoring on the depressive symptoms of Black youth. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 30(11), 2589-2600.
  • Boyd, D. T., Mohammad-Rabiu, G., LoVette, A., Whitfield, D. L., Turpin, R. E., Ramos, S. S., Quinn, C. R., & Hickson, D. A. (2022). Assessing the influence of child sexual behavior on depressoin among Black SMM in the Southeastern United States. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
  • Boyd, D. T., Jones, K., Quinn, C. R., Gale, A., Williams, E. G., & Lateef, H. (2022). Examining the role of parent relationships, resilience, school climate, community violence and mental health in Black youth. Children, 9(4), 522.
  • Abubakari, G. M. R., Smith, M. D., Boyd, D. T., Ramos, S. R., Johnson, C., Benavides, J. L., ... & Quinn, C. R. (2022). Assessing different types of HIV communication and sociocultural factors on perceived HIV stigma and testing among a national sample of youth and young adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(2), 1003.
  • Waller, B. Y., Joyce, P. A., Quinn, C. R., Shaari, A. A. H., & Boyd, D. (2022). “I’m the one that needs help”: Toward a theory of help-seeking behavior. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
  • Williams-Butler, A., Liu, F., Howell, T., Menon, S. E., Rodgers, K., & Quinn, C. R. (2022). Racialized gender differences in mental health service use, adverse childhood experiences, and recidivism among justice-involved African American youth. Race and Social Problems.
  • Quinn, C. R., DuPrey, E., Boyd, D., Lynch, R., Mitchell, M., Handley, E., & Cerulli, C. (2022). Individual and contextual risk and protective factors for Black adolescents with histories of suicidal behavior and arrest. Children, 9(4), 522.
  • Quinn, C. R., Boyd, D., Beaujolais, B., Hughley, A., Mitchell, M., Allen, J. L., & DiClemente, R. J., & Voisin, D. R. (2022). Perceptions of sexual risk and HIV/STI prevention among Black adolescent girls in a detention center: An investigation of he role of parents and peers. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 1-10.
  • Wang, X. Lee, M. Y. & Quinn, C. R. (2022). Intergenerational transmission of trauma: unpacking the effects of parental adverse childhood experiences. Journal of Family Studies.
  • Quinn, C. R., Johnson, S., Jones, K., Parekh, R., Munshi, A., & Boyd, D. (2022). Social work and the next frontier of justice: Using COVID-19 as a vehicle for healing. Social Work in Public Health, 37(8), 703-718.
  • Yoder, J., Quinn, C. R., Boscetti, R., & Martinez, C. (2022). Towards achieving racial equity in juvenile justice: Reexamining conventional trauma instruments. Race and Social Problems. 1-16.
  • Boyd, D. T., Quinn, C. R., Jones, K., & Beer, O. W. J. (2021). Assessing suicidal ideations and attempts: The role of family support, bonding, and peer suicide ideation on Black youth. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
  • Boyd, D. T., Ramos, R. S., Quinn, C. R., Jones, K., Wilton, L., & Nelson, L. E. (2021). Family and sociocultural factors on depression among sexual minority men of color. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(13), 6759.
  • Boyd, D. T., Opara, I., Quinn, C. R., Waller, B., Ramos, R. S., & Duncan, D. T. (2021). Associations between parent-child communication on sex health and drug use and use of drugs during sex among urban Black youth. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(10), 5170.
  • Kim, Y. J., Quinn C. R., & Moon S. S. (2021). Buffering effects of social support and parental monitoring on suicide. Health & Social Work, 46(1), 42-50.
  • Quinn, C. R., Beer, O. W. J., Boyd, D., Tirmazi, T., Nebbitt, V., & Joe, S. (2021). An assessment of the role of parental incarceration and substance misuse in suicidal planning of African American youth and young adults. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-13.
  • Boyd, D. T., Quinn, C. R., & Waller, B. (2021). Reimagining an AIDS free generation: Examining youth and young adults’ personal agency and its association with HIV testing. Preventive Medicine Reports, 22, 101335.
  • Waller, B. Y., Harris, J., & Quinn, C. R. (2021). Caught in the crossroad: An intersectional examination of African American women intimate partner violence survivors’ help seeking. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, 1524838021991303.
  • Waller, B. Y., Quinn, C. R., Boyd, D., DiClemente, R., & Voisin, D. R. (2020). Correlates of depression among Black girls exposed to violence. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-10.

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