Adam Quinn

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Master of Social Work (MSW)

Adam received his Ph.D. in Social Work and an M.S. in Statistics from the University of Georgia in 2016, as well as a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2007. He has taught social work, psychology, research methods, and statistics courses.
His research interests include investigating the social determinants of health disparities, examining predictors of secondary traumatic stress among mental health professionals, and understanding factors related to alcohol-use disorders among older adults across the life course.
Previous to Adam's teaching and research work, he worked as a mental health counselor helping a variety of client populations, including adults struggling with PTSD, substance abuse, and/or severe and persistent mental illness, as well as adolescents with developmental trauma.
Overall, he feels that learning is a reciprocal process whereby the teacher both transmits his or her knowledge to the student, but also remains open to learning from his or her students as well. The optimal learning environment is one in which people feel accepted and understood, whereby open communication of ideas occurs. Adam also have strong commitments to social change and supporting multiculturalism, particularly in higher education.

Courses Taught

SOCW 6301 - Social Work Practice Research I

SOCW 6311 - Social Work Practice Research II


PhD, University of Georgia

MS, University of Georgia

MSW, University of Washington

Public Service

Advantage Behavioral Health Systems, Guest Speaker - Athens


Quinn, A., Ji, P., Nackerud, L. (2019). Predictors of secondary traumatic stress among social workers: Supervision, income, and caseload size. Journal of Social Work

Quinn, A. (2013). A person-centered approach to multicultural counseling competence. Journal of Humanistic Psychology

Quinn, A., Mowbray, O. (2020). Predictors of alcohol use disorders among baby boomers across the life course. Journal of Applied Gerontology

Quinn, A. (2008). A person-centered approach to the treatment of combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Humanistic Psychology