Dr. Quinn received a B.A. degree in Psychology (1998) from Princeton University. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree (2004) from Harvard Medical School. Following his M.D. degree he completed a 4-year residency in Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/Mclean Hospital.

Personal Statement

My current interests as an academic psychiatrist at the University of New Mexico include the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral manifestations of neurologic diseases and traumatic brain injury, the diagnosis and treatment of major depressive disorder in diverse populations, and the safe and effective use of neuromodulation therapies to treat psychiatric symptoms.

Following the conclusion of my fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital, I joined the UNM Department of Psychiatry in 2009, assumed medical directorship of the UNMH Psychiatric Consultation Service, and achieved board certification in adult psychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry. By applying evidence-based practice and ensuring high standards of consultation with a focus on helpfulness, I oversaw the near-doubling of the volume of the service. I founded the UNM/NMVAHCS Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine to train more specialists in consultation-liaison psychiatry, and have graduated seven CL psychiatrists. I formed and have served as Chief of the Division of Behavioral Health Consultation and Integration for the past four years, leading growth and expansion of psychiatric treatment in the areas of primary care, medical and surgical subspecialties, and at Sandoval Regional Medical Center. I am now the Vice Chair for Adult Clinical Services for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. I have organized national conference symposia, written textbook chapters, and designed professional curricula in the areas of medical catatonia, traumatic brain injury, delirium, depression in kidney disease, noninvasive neuromodulation, and psychiatric complications in hepatitis C.

Owing to the large numbers of neurologically impaired patients requiring psychiatric consultation at UNM, I sought and achieved board certification in behavioral neurology/neuropsychiatry in 2012. I established a traumatic brain injury clinic co-located in the outpatient Neurosurgery Clinic to specifically address the needs of this population. In November of 2016 I became board-certified in brain injury medicine, and in my current outpatient practice I routinely handle neurobehavioral problems after TBI including agitation and impulsivity, executive dysfunction, and apathy. I am one of a small group of clinicians in the country who are board-certified in adult psychiatry, consultation psychiatry, behavioral neurology, and brain injury medicine.

My interest in neuromodulation began with my efforts to treat patients with severe neuropsychiatric syndromes after they failed to respond to pharmacotherapy. I have served as the Division Chief for Psychiatric Neuromodulation at UNM, as an attending on the Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Service, and established the UNM Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Service in 2017. I treat patients clinically with ECT, TMS, vagal nerve stimulation, and deep brain stimulation. As a mentored PI in the UNM Center for Brain Recovery and Repair, I conducted a NIH/NIGMS-funded randomized controlled trial administering transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) to patients with mild to moderate TBI to ameliorate chronic cognitive and emotional deficits. I am now the consortium principal investigator for two multi-center Department of Defense-funded randomized controlled trials (NAVIGATE-TBI; CONNECT-TBI) examining targeted neuromodulation for deficits after TBI in US Veterans and Servicemembers using various advanced imaging modalities.

Areas of Specialty

Traumatic brain injury
Noninvasive neuromodulation
Treatment of Depression in the Medically Ill
Evaluation and Treatment of Catatonia

Achievements & Awards

Recipient, Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Visiting Professorship Program, 2022-2023: Awarded each year to one CL psychiatrist nationally to be funded to visit another institution, in this case Stanford University, to provide teaching, mentorship, and collaboration.

Fellow, Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, 2020: Bestowed for manifesting active participation in the Academy, and for making exemplary contributions to the field of consultation-liaison psychiatry as an educator, researcher, and administrator.

Robert Kellner Teaching Award, UNM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, 2016-2017: Given annually by the UNM psychiatry residents to a faculty member for their excellence in teaching.

PGY4 Teaching Award, UNM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, 2015-2016: Given in recognition for teaching contributions to the graduating PGY4 resident class.

Core Faculty Teaching Award, UNM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, 2014-2015: Given for outstanding contributions to resident education in clinical rotations.

Preceptor Excellence Award, UNM School of Medicine Psychiatry Clerkship, 2014-2015: Selected by UNM Phase II students during their clerkship for excellence in teaching.

Winner, “Think Like a Doctor” New York Times Contest, 2014: Was the first respondent to correctly identify Cushing syndrome in the well-known diagnostic mystery column by NYTimes writer Dr. Lisa Sanders. (

Milton Rosenbaum Faculty Award, UNM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, 2013: Selected by the UNM Department of Psychiatry as the faculty member who best exemplifies competence, curiosity, generosity, and generativity.

Albuquerque The Magazine Top Doc, 2013-2016: Selected by local doctors as someone to whom they would refer a family member for care.

International Psychoanalytic Research Project Single Case Archive, March 2013: Selected author of case report to be included in an archive of ISI-published psychoanalytic case reports.

IDEAS in Psychiatry Program Grant, UNM Department of Psychiatry, 2012: Selected to receive funds to attend the Electroconvulsive Therapy Course at North Shore/Long Island Jewish Hospital and receive mentorship from leaders in the field of ECT.

UNM Medical Leadership Academy, 2012-2014: Nominated for, attended, and graduated from a two-year intensive leadership seminar series taught by UNM HSC leaders.

Apple for the Teacher Award, UNM School of Medicine, 2012: Awarded to the faculty member chosen by the UNM medical students as the best teacher during their Phase III rotations.

Alpha Omega Alpha, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, 2012: Inducted into the national medical honor society as outstanding faculty, for excellence in the areas of scholarship, personal integrity, and leadership qualities.

American Psychoanalytic Association Fellowship, 2008-2009: Awarded nationally to twelve trainees with potential in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, to attend the APsA biannual Meetings and participate in mentorship opportunities with leaders in the field of psychoanalysis.

Thomas P. Hackett Award, MGH/Mclean Adult Psychiatry Residency, June 2008: Awarded to the resident who most demonstrates potential for academic achievement and embodies the spirit of the former Chief of Psychiatry Dr. Thomas Hackett, and invited to present at MGH Psychiatry Grand Rounds on “Neuropsychiatric Sequelae of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.”

Anne Alonso Award, MGH/Mclean Adult Psychiatry Residency, June 2008: Awarded to the resident who most demonstrates aptitude and potential in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

SelectedCase Presenter, MGH Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, Annual Case Conference, January 2008.

Wilkenfeld Psychiatric Resident Scholarship, American Group Psychotherapy Association,March 2007: Awarded tuition and travel stipend to attend the Annual Meeting in Austin.

Resident Teaching Award, Harvard Medical School, June 2006: Given to residents in the Harvard teaching hospital system for excellence in medical student teaching who are nominated by the HMS graduating class of 2006.

Honor Delegate, American Academy of Achievement, May 2003: Selected to attend Achievement Summit, as one of the nation’s most promising graduate students, to interact with current leaders in government, science, industry, and the arts.

Inductee, Harvard Medical School Aesculapian Club, 2003: Inducted into Harvard Medical School’s oldest student society, for outstanding contributions to the class, community, and medical school.

Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship, 2002: Awarded stipend and tuition to complete masters degree program in creative writing at Queen’s University, Belfast.

NCAA Post-graduate Scholarship, June 1998: Awarded to ten scholar-athletes across all sports in the entire Division I, to continue graduate-level study.

Key Publications

Journal Article
Quinn, Davin, Abbott CC, Quinn DK, Miller J, Ye E, Iqbal S, Lloyd M, Jones TR, Upston J, Deng ZD, Erhardt E, Shawn M McClintock SM. Electroconvulsive therapy pulse amplitude and clinical outcomes. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 2020; in press.
Journal Article
Quinn, Davin, Hedayati SS, Daniel DM, Cohen S, Comstock B, Cukor D, Diaz-Linhart Y, Dember LM, Dubovsky A, Greene T, Grote N, Heagerty P, Katon W, Kimmel PL, Kutner N, Linke L, Quinn D, Rue T, Trivedi MH, Unruh M, Weisbord S, Young BA, Mehrotra R. Rationale and design of a trial of sertraline vs. cognitive behavioral therapy for end-stage renal disease patients with depression (ASCEND). Contemp Clin Trials 2015; 47: 1-11.
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Quinn, Davin, Luo A, Muraida S, Pinchotti D, Richardson E, Ye E, Hollingsworth B, Win A, Myers O, Langsjoen J, Valles E, Zolyomi A, Quinn DK. Bispectral index monitoring with density spectral array for delirium detection. Accepted at Psychosomatics, August 27, 2020. Tonarelli S, Quinn DK. Reader response: Time course and diagnostic utility of NfL, tau, GFAp, and UCH-L1 in subacute and chronic TBI. Neurology. 2020 Aug 3; available at
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Quinn, Davin, Mayer AR, Master CL, Fann JR. Treatment in psychiatry: prolonged postconcussive symptoms. American Journal of Psychiatry 2018; 175(2): 103-111.
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Quinn, Davin, Upston J, Jones TR, Brandt EM, Story-Remer J, Fratzke V, Wilson JK, Rieger R, Hunter MA, Gill D, Richardson JD, Campbell R, Clark VP, Yeo RA, Shuttleworth CW, Mayer AR. Cerebral perfusion effects of cognitive training and transcranial direct current stimulation in mild-moderate TBI. Accepted at Front Neurol




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Research and Scholarship

Quinn DK, Story-Remer J, Fratzke V, Brandt E, Rieger R, Wilson JK, Gill D, Mertens N, Upston J, Jones TR, Hunter MA, Richardson JD, Myers O, Campbell R, Clark VP, Yeo RA, Shuttleworth CW, Mayer AR. Transcranial direct current stimulation modulates working memory and prefrontal-insula connectivity after mild-moderate traumatic brain injury. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 2022; 16:1026639. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2022.1026639.

Mayer AR, Quinn DK. Neuroimaging biomarkers of new-onset psychiatric disorders following traumatic brain injury. Biological Psychiatry 2022; 91(5): 459-469. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2021.06.005.

Quinn DK, Jones T, Upston J, Huff M, Ryman S, Vakhtin A, Abbott CC. Right prefrontal intermittent theta-burst stimulation for major depressive disorder: a case series. Brain Stimulation 2021;14: 97-99. Published online November 22, 2020.

Quinn DK, UpstonJ, JonesTR, BrandtEM, Story-RemerJ, FratzkeV, WilsonJK, Rieger R, HunterMA, Gill D, RichardsonJD, Campbell R, ClarkVP, YeoRA, ShuttleworthCW, Mayer AR.Cerebral perfusion effects of cognitive training and transcranial direct current stimulation in mild-moderate TBI. Front Neurol 2020;

Quinn DK, Mayer AR, Master CL, Fann JR. Treatment in psychiatry: prolonged postconcussive symptoms. Am J Psychiatry 2018; 175(2): 103-111.