Pain in children with intellectual disability and complex conditions
Evaluation of pain for hospitalized children with severe-profound intellectual disability, school nurse approaches to pain assessment for students with intellectual disability, special education teacher approaches to identifying pain in the classroom setting
Dr. Quinn is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. A doctorally prepared nurse researcher, she is also a nationally certified school nurse. Dr. Quinn currently provides direct nursing care to children with intellectual disabilities (ID) and complex conditions on a part-time basis outside of her duties as a faculty member.
She has presented research related to pediatric pain and school health internationally. Dr. Quinn trains school nurses throughout the United States on pain and pain assessment in schoolchildren with ID. She has conducted both team and independent research related to pain assessment in children in the community and acute-care settings. Dr. Quinn is also involved in quality improvement and original research aiming to improve experiences for children and families with ID at Boston Children’s Hospital. Here, she collaborates with nurses, physicians, and other project staff from the Complex Care Service and the Pain Treatment Service within the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine to increase efficiencies in the medical and nursing evaluation process for children with complex conditions.
Outside of her clinical research areas, Dr. Quinn takes interest in examining theory-guided research, seamless education in nursing, and student success in nursing programs.