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Terrinieka Powell, PhD

  • Associate Professor

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Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E4614
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

(410) 955-2303

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PhD, DePaul University, 2009
MA, DePaul University, 2006
BA, Williams College, 2003


I aim to improve adolescent health outcomes through partnerships with churches, schools, and community-based organizations. Specifically, I have collaborated with institutions across several states to prevent teen pregnancy, HIV, and substance abuse among adolescents of color. My most recent publications describe strategies for public health professionals to successfully partner with community-based organizations, models used by communities to provide comprehensive support to young people, and ways Black churches can address adolescent health. My funding history demonstrate my persistent attempts to seek and secure support for my research and continues to enhance my ability to improve the lives of vulnerable young people.

Honors and Awards

2016- 2017 Faculty Appreciation Award, Departmental Student Association, JHSPH

2015-2017 JHSPH Recognition for Teaching Excellence, JHSPH

2014 Protégé & Travel Award, American Psychological Association Cyber Mentors Program

2014 HIV Intervention Science Training Program for Underrepresented New Investigators Scholar

2010-2013; 2016-present Loan Repayment Program Recipient, National Institutes of Health

2005-2009 Diversifying Faculty in Higher Education Fellowship, DePaul University

2001-2003 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, Williams College

  • adolescent health
  • implementation science, qualitative methodologies
  • community-engaged research

Selected Publications *indicates trainee

  • Powell, T.W., Wallace, M.*, Zelaya, C., Davey-Rothwell, M., & Latkin, C.A. (2018). Social Stability and household residency among vulnerable families in Baltimore. Children & Youth Services Review, 93, 226-230.
  • Powell, T.W., Weeks, F.*, Illangasekare, S.L., Rice, E., Wilson, J., Hickman, D., Blum, W.R. (2017). Facilitators and barriers to implementing church-based adolescent sexual health programs in Baltimore City. Journal of Adolescent Health, 60(2),169-175.
  • Powell, T. W., Jo, M., Martin, C. Philip, W. Astone, N.M. (2017). “It’s like a shoulder to lean on”: Social support provided by an inner-city workforce development program. Journal of Community Psychology, 45, 333- 345.
  • Williams, T. T., & Sanchez, B. (2013). Identifying and decreasing barriers to parent involvement for inner-city parents. Youth and Society, 45(1), 54-74.
  • Williams, T.T., Griffith, D.M., Pichon, L., Campbell, B., Allen, J.O. & Sanchez, J.* (2011). Involving faith-based organizations in adolescent HIV prevention. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action, 5(4), 425-431.
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