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Terrinieka Williams Powell, PhD

  • Associate Professor

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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 committed to improving health among African-American inner-city youth. My areas of expertise are adolescent health research, qualitative methodologies and community-engaged approaches to research. My research demonstrates my investment in partnership approaches by working with families, churches and schools. I embrace an interdisciplinary philosophy, which allows me to draw on theories from psychology, public health, and sociology. I have a successful record of completing projects, publishing manuscripts, and securing pilot grant funding, which offer compelling evidence for my future success. I have empirically shown that families, churches, and schools can be a sexual health resource for young people. However, addressing sexual health alone will not meet the multifaceted needs of vulnerable inner-city youth. My long-term goals are to design, implement and evaluate integrated interventions for vulnerable African-American adolescents through partnerships with schools and churches.

Honors and Awards

2014 APA Cyber Mentors Program Protégé

2014 HIV Intervention Science Training Program for Underrepresented New Investigators Scholar

2010 Invited Participant, New Connections: Increasing Diversity of Robert Wood Johnson Foundations’ Programming Symposium, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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

2009 Exemplary Diversity Scholar Citation, National Center for Institutional Diversity,

University of Michigan

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

2002 Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain, Hamilton College

2001 Cornelia Aldis Memorial Scholarship, Williams College

2001 1960’s Scholar, Williams College

2001-2003 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, Williams College

2001-2003 Dean’s List, Williams College

  • adolescent health
  • qualitative
  • faith- and school-based research
  • community-engaged researc

Selected Publications *indicates trainee

  • Powell, T.W., Herbert, A.*, Ritchwood, T., & Latkin, C.A. (2016). “Let Me Help You Help Me”: HIV Prevention in Churches for Young Adult Black Men who have Sex with Men. AIDS Education and Behavior, 28(3), 202-215.
  • Pichon, LC, Powell, TW (2015). Review of HIV Testing Efforts in Historically Black Churches. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12, 6016-6026.
  • Williams, T.T., Dodd, D.*, Campbell, B., Pichon, L.C., & Griffith, D. M. (2014). Discussing adolescent sexual health in African American churches. Journal of Religion and Health, 53(2), 339-351.
  • 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., Sanchez, B., & Hunnell, J.* (2011). Aligning theory with practice: Understanding parental involvement in an inner-city high school. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 689-697
  • Integrated Health Interventions for Students