Nadine M Finigan-Carr, Ph.D., is a prevention research scientist focused on the application of behavioral and social science perspectives to research on contemporary health problems, especially those which disproportionately affect people of color. Her scholarship is grounded in theories and methods found primarily in the field of health behavior change among individuals and the environments that support or impede chronic disease prevention or management, injury, and violence. More specifically, she has focused on adolescent risk behaviors and their determinants.
Dr Finigan-Carr began her career as a classroom teacher where she quickly realized that teaching was more than being aware of the educational needs of her students but also involved considering the physical and mental health needs. Currently, Dr. Finigan-Carr is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland: School of Social Work. In this position she has research projects at both the state and federal levels designed to intervene with system involved youth – those in foster care or the juvenile justice system, for example.  These youth have a double vulnerability – adolescence, a critical stage marked by increased risk for negative social and behavioral outcomes including aggression and sexual risk behaviors; and, being removed from their families of origin.
PhD, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, 2011
MS, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD 1999
BS, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 1992
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Prevention Science
Child and Adolescent Development
Sexual Risk Behaviors
Maternal and Child Health - Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Aggression and Violence
Substance Use and Abuse
Personal Interests
I have a loving husband and son. We enjoy spending time together traveling around the world.

I have been a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated for more than 25 years.