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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 am a trained Community Psychologist committed to improving adolescent health outcomes through partnerships with churches, schools, libraries, families, health departments and community-based organizations. My areas of expertise are adolescent health, qualitative methods, community-engaged approaches to research, as well as intervention development and implementation science. I have collaborated with institutions across several states to promote educational attainment as well as prevent teen pregnancy, HIV, and early substance use among adolescents of color. My current and past grant funding 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

2015-2019 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-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
  • qualitative methodologies
  • community-engaged research
  • implementation science

Selected Publications *indicates trainee

  • Powell, T.W., Rabinowitz, J. A.*, Kaufman, M., Milam, A., Musci, R.J., Maher, B., Benke, K., Sisto, D.Y. & Ialongo, N.S. (2019). Testing Gene x Community Disadvantage Moderation of Sexual Health Outcomes among Urban Women. PLosOne.
  • 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., 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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