Deirdre A. Quinn, PhD, MSc
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System University Drive Division, Pittsburgh, PA
Deirdre A. Quinn, PhD, MSc, MLitt, is a Research Health Scientist with the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and Adjunct Instructor of Medicine in the Division of Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Quinn earned her doctorate in Family Science from the University of Maryland School of Public Health and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at CHERP in the Advanced Fellowship in Women's Health training program. She also holds an MSc in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics & Political Science and an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of St. Andrews.
Dr. Quinn's research explores individual- and community-level influences on sexual and reproductive health. Her VA HSR&D-funded Career Development Award proposes to examine how links between women Veterans' pre-pregnancy health risks (e.g., chronic conditions) and healthcare experiences, social characteristics (e.g., race/ethnicity, rurality), and maternal outcomes can inform interventions to improve women Veterans' healthcare. Using a national cohort of women Veterans that Dr. Quinn identified during her pilot work, she will classify women Veterans according to co-occurring pre-pregnancy health risks, describe associations between risk profile groups and adverse maternal outcomes, and identify how these associations vary across vulnerable subgroups. She will also conduct qualitative interviews with women Veterans from the identified risk profile groups to explore their pre-pregnancy healthcare needs, experiences, and preferences. Finally, she will convene an advisory panel of VA clinical and operational informants and women Veterans to develop, refine, and pilot test intervention components to optimize women Veterans' pre-pregnancy health and maternal outcomes.
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