Kevin Quinn, Ph.D.
Kevin Quinn, Ph.D. is Acting Director of the Office of Science Policy, Planning and Communications at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) as well as the Army STARRS Study Director at NIMH. Dr. Quinn was appointed Study Director after serving as Army STARRS’ lead Program Officer from September 2010 to December 2012. He joined the National Institute of Mental Health in September of 1997 to run the Cognitive Neuroscience Program. From the fall of 1998 to the fall of 2010, Dr. Quinn was the Chief of the Behavioral Science and Integrative Neuroscience Research Branch and oversaw the NIMH research investment in cognitive, affective, social and theoretical neuroscience conducted primarily at the systems neuroscience level. This branch supports basic research conducted at universities throughout the US utilizing studies in humans and animal models and supports computational/modeling approaches as well. Prior to this, he spent eight years at Northwestern University Medical School in the Department of Physiology where he pursued a research program focused on a systems-level analysis of the neural basis of learning and plasticity utilizing electrophysiological, behavioral and computational/theoretical approaches. His last position there prior to coming to NIH was that of Research Assistant Professor in the Physiology Department. Dr. Quinn completed his doctoral studies at the Oregon Health & Science University where he received a Ph.D. in physiological psychology.