E-mail: caq2104@columbia.edu

Constance Quinn is the Clinical Coordinator of the Inpatient Psychiatry Program at the Veterans Administration Hospital at the FDR Campus in Montrose NY.  She joins Columbia University for the spring 2010 semester teaching Direct Practice with Individual Families and Group.

Dr. Quinn has spent most of her career in the domain of public service with a focus on mental health and human rights.  The early part of her career was spent in a working for the NYS Office of Children and family services where she was the clinical director of the Sex Offender Treatment Program at Highland Residential Center , Highland NY and then went on the develop an OASAS Drug Free Residential Center at the Brookwood Secure Center, Claverack  NY .  Sensing conflict between the values of social welfare and social control in both settings, she moved to a position within the NYS Office of Mental Health at the Capital District Psychiatris Center in the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic. There she became actively involved in not only her clinic responsibilities, with a specialty in3-8 year olds, but also CSE advocacy. She moved on to develop the mental health screening and assessment practice model the Dutchess County Probation and Community Correction PINS Diversion program. This included being the clinical liaison for the V-DISC sponsored by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Currently, she is the clinical Coordinator of inpatient psychiatry at the Montrose VA hospital since June 2007.

Dr. Quinn received her Bachelor’s Degree from Bard College in 1993, her MSW from Adelphi University in 1996 and her DSW for Adelphi in 2004. She has also served as a field supervisor of social work students since 1998 for both SUNY Albany and Adelphi University, served on the adjunct faculty at Adelphi University School of Social Work since 2004, and held various consultation positions and is currently working a book chapter exploring issues, challenges and barriers to mental health advocacy and the veteran population.