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photo Deirdre A. Quinn, PhD, MSc, MLitt

General Internal Medicine

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Core Investigator, Center for Health Equity Research & Promotion (CHERP), VA Pittsburgh


Phone: 412-360-2208

Phone: 412-360-2208
Education and Training
BA, English: Writing & Rhetoric, Georgetown University, 2003
MLitt, Creative Writing, University of St. Andrews, 2004
MSc, Gender & Social Policy, London School of Economics & Political Science, 2005
PhD, Family Science, University of Maryland School of Public Health, 2017
Advanced Fellowship, Women's Health, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, 2021
Research Interest
Dr. Quinn’s research broadly explores individual-, family-, and community-level influences on sexual and reproductive health. Her early graduate work aimed to better inform interventions to reduce unwanted teen pregnancy by exploring the role of social support in teen mothers’ maintenance of contraception over time and identifying relational factors that influence teen mothers’ postpartum contraceptive choices. Her dissertation examined how emerginv adults’ religiosity, attitudes about sex, and sexual risk and protective behaviors are associated with early-life family modeling of religiosity and family communication about sex.

Since joining the VA, Dr. Quinn has focused her research lens on advancing the quality and equity of reproductive health and healthcare for women Veterans, with the goals of (1) identifying modifiable factors that contribute to disparities in care and outcomes and (2) designing policies, programs, and prevention strategies that promote quality and equity in sexual and reproductive health and healthcare and support reproductive autonomy across the life course.

Currently, Dr. Quinn is a Core Investigator in the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. She is studying links between prepregnancy health and social risks and adverse maternal outcomes among veterans using VA maternity benefits. She is also interested in developing patient-centered interventions to improve prepregancy health among veterans at high risk of adverse maternal outcomes.
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Selected Publications:
Quinn, D. A., Mor, M. K., Sileanu, F. S., Zhao, X., Callegari, L., Frayne, D., Zephyrin, L., Borrero, S. Measuring female Veterans’ prepregnancy wellness using Veterans Administration Health Record Data. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2021; 137(3): 471-480.
Quinn, D. A., Sileanu, F., Zhao, X., Mor, M. K., Judge-Golden, C., Callegari, L., Borrero, S. History of unintended pregnancy and patterns of contraceptive use among racial and ethnic minority women Veterans. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2020; 223(4).
Ashcraft, L. E., Quinn, D. A., Brownson, R. C. Strategies for effective dissemination of research to United States policymakers: A systematic review. Implementation Science. 2020; 15(89).
Quinn, D. A., Lewin, A. Family-level factors associated with emerging adults’ HPV vaccine behavior. Journal of American College Health. 2020; 68(5): 528-535.
Notable Achievements
Nominee, Top Oral Abstract in Women’s Health, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2021
Outstanding Paper Award, Second Place, National Council on Family Relations, Families & Health Section, 2020
Best Poster Award, Health Services Research & Development, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Research Week, 2020
Best Poster Award, Health Policy Dissemination and Implementation Science Track, AcademyHealth Annual Meeting on the Science of Dissemination & Implementation in Health, 2019