Key Research Area:
Pain in children with intellectual disability and complex conditions
Evaluation of pain for hospitalized children with severe-profound intellectual disability
Leveraging parent pain perspectives to improve pain care for children with complex conditions
Undergraduate pediatric clinical rotations in school health
Workplace bullying directed toward school nurses
Dr. Quinn is an assistant professor in the Solomont School of Nursing, Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. A doctorally prepared nurse researcher, she also holds three board certifications: Nationally Certified School Nurse (National Board for Certification of School Nurses), Certified Nurse Educator (National League for Nursing), and Pain Management Nurse (American Nurses Credentialing Center). 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 conducts both team and independent research related to pain in children in both 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 increase efficiencies in the medical and nursing evaluation process for children with complex conditions. In the community setting, she is currently conducting interviews with parents of children with complex needs to (1) ascertain parents’ perceived characteristics of child pain experiences, (2) determine the extent to which parents feel caregivers adequately address pain, and (3) identify ways in which pain collaboration between parents and caregivers may be improved.
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.