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Terrinieka Powell, PhD

  • Vice Chair of Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism and Equity (IDARE)
  • Associate Professor

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Center & Institute Affiliations

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 with expertise in adolescent health, community-engaged research, qualitative methodologies and implementation science. Partnerships with churches, schools, libraries, families, and community-based organizations are a cornerstone of my research. I have collaborated with institutions across several states to promote adolescent well-being as well as prevent teen pregnancy, HIV, and substance use among adolescents of color. I have led and participated in six major research efforts over the past eight years. Each project has provided me with the opportunity to conduct original research, refine my skills and expertise, partner with experienced research teams, and disseminate findings that provide strategies to reduce health disparities among young people. Accordingly, publications and funding history demonstrate my commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable young people.

Honors and Awards

2019 SOURCE – Faculty Excellence in Service-Learning Award

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., West, K.*, Turner, C.E. (2020). Size matters: Addressing social determinants of health through Black churches. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Advance online publication.
  • Offiong, A.*, Lewis, Q*., Powell, T.W. (2020). Making Success Tangible: Reengaging Female Opportunity Youth in Baltimore, MD. Perspectives in Public Health, 140, 187-189.
  • 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. 14(10): e0223311.
  • 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.