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Vice Chair of Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism and Equity (IDARE)
Associate Professor

Terrinieka Powell, PhD, MA, collaborates with institutions to promote adolescent well-being, prevent teen pregnancy, HIV, and substance use among adolescents of color.

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room E4614

Research Interests

adolescent health (sex, drugs and violence prevention), qualitative methods, community-engaged research, and implementation science

Experiences & Accomplishments
DePaul University
DePaul University
Williams College

Trained as a community psychologist,  I have expertise in adolescent health, qualitative methods, community-engaged research, and implementation science. At BSPH, I lead the B Lab, a Baltimore-based research team helping to create a world where all youth are safe, healthy, hopeful, and connected. Partnerships with churches, schools, libraries, families, and community-based organizations are a cornerstone of my research. I have collaborated with institutions across the world to prevent substance use and sexual risk-taking among young people. With partners, I create interventions that are sustainable and responsive to the social context. My research activities, publications and funding history all demonstrate my commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable young people.

Honors & Awards

2019 SOURCE – Faculty Excellence in Service-Learning Award
2016- 2017 Faculty Appreciation Award, Departmental Student Association, JHSPH
2015-2019 JHSPH Recognition for Teaching Excellence, JHSPH
2014 Protégé & Travel Award, American Psychological Association Cyber Mentors Program
2014 HIV Intervention Science Training Program for Underrepresented New Investigators Scholar
2010-present Loan Repayment Program Recipient, National Institutes of Health
2005-2009 Diversifying Faculty in Higher Education Fellowship, DePaul University
2001-2003 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, Williams College

Select Publications

Selected Publications *indicates trainee

  • Powell, T.W., West, K.*, Turner, C.E. (2020). Size matters: Addressing social determinants of health through Black churches. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Advance online publication.

  • Offiong, A.*, Lewis, Q*., Powell, T.W. (2020). Making Success Tangible: Reengaging Female Opportunity Youth in Baltimore, MD. Perspectives in Public Health, 140, 187-189.

  • Powell, T.W., Rabinowitz, J. A.*, Kaufman, M., Milam, A., Musci, R.J., Maher, B., Benke, K., Sisto, D.Y. & Ialongo, N.S. (2019). Testing Gene x Community Disadvantage Moderation of Sexual Health Outcomes among Urban Women. PLosOne. 14(10): e0223311.

  • Powell, T.W., Wallace, M.*, Zelaya, C., Davey-Rothwell, M., & Latkin, C.A. (2018). Social Stability and household residency among vulnerable families in Baltimore. Children & Youth Services Review, 93, 226-230.

  • Powell, T.W., Weeks, F.*, Illangasekare, S.L., Rice, E., Wilson, J., Hickman, D., Blum, W.R. (2017). Facilitators and barriers to implementing church-based adolescent sexual health programs in Baltimore City. Journal of Adolescent Health, 60(2),169-175.

Faith Leader Informed Prevention (FLIP)
Center for Urban Families: The Impact Story Enhanced
Integrated Health Interventions for Students
Better Together