Rebecca Quiñones, M.T.S.

Rebecca QuinonesBiography

Rebecca is a graduate student at the University of Florida in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the Medical/Health Psychology track. Rebecca received her Bachelor’s degree in religion from the University of Florida in 2008. She went on to complete her Master’s degree in Theological Studies with a concentration in religion, ethics and politics at Harvard Divinity School in 2011. Rebecca then went on to serve for three years as a member of a pediatric oncology IRB at Nemours Children’s Clinic in Jacksonville. Afterwards, she moved to Boston and worked at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where she conducted research on the intersection of religion and medicine as part of the Initiative on Health, Religion and Spirituality at Harvard. After fulfilling this research position she then went on to serve as a clinical research coordinator at DFCI in the GI Cancer Genetics and Prevention Department where she was in charge of a pancreatic cancer screening study. Starting this fall she will working under the mentorship of Dr. Deidre Pereira in the Psycho-Oncology Lab studying the psychological impact of cancer on AYA patients, with a particular focus on their spirituality.

Research Focus

Rebecca’s research interests are with adolescents and young adults with cancer, and in particular identifying the unique challenges that this population faces. She is particularly interested in exploring the potential benefit of including spirituality assessments in these patients’ overall treatment plan.

Publications

Journal Publications

Sanders, Justin, M.D.; Chow, Vinca, M.D.; Enzinger, Andrea, M.D.; Lam,Tai-Chung, M.B.B.S; Smith, Patrick, PhD, M.Div; Quiñones, Rebecca, MTS; Baccari, Andrew, M.Div.; Philbrick, Sarah, B.S.; White-Hammond, Gloria, M.D., M. Div.; Peteet, John, M.D; Balboni, Tracy, M.D. M.P.H.; Balboni, Michael, PhD. “Seeking and Accepting: U.S. Clergy Theological and Moral Perspectives Informing Cancer Decision Making at the End of Life.” Cancer, 2017 Oct;20(10):1059-1067.

Balboni, Michael J. PhD, Smith, Patrick T., PhD, Quiñones, Rebecca, MTS, Nibecker, Callie M., BS, Sanders, Justin J., M.D.; Timms, Richard, MD., Shields, Alexandra E., Ph.D., Balboni, Tracy A., M.D. “How Community Clergy Provide Spiritual Care: Toward a Conceptual Framework for Clergy End of Life Education.” Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Volume 5, Issue 4, pgs. 673-681, December 16th, 2015.

LeBaron, Virginia, T. PhD., APRN, FAANP, Cooke, Amanda, MD., Resmini, Jonathan, MDiv, Garinther, Alexander, BS, Chow, Vinca, MD., Quiñones, Rebecca, MTS, Noveroske, Sarah, BA, Smith, Patrick T., PhD, Peteet, John, MD., Balboni, Tracy A., MD, MPH, and Balboni, Michael, J. PhD. “Clergy Views on A Good Versus a Poor Death: Ministry to the Terminally Ill.” Journal of Palliative Medicine, Volume 18, Number 12, 2015.

Online Publications

Rebecca Quiñones, MTS. “An Interview with Student Poster Presenters from the 4th Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion.” Initiative on Health, Religion, and Spirituality at Harvard, website article, http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/rshm/student-poster-presentations (Links to an external site.).

Rebecca Quiñones, MTS. “Interview with Dr. Candy Gunther Brown Author of the Healing Gods: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Christian America.” Initiative on Health, Religion and Spirituality at Harvard, website article, http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/rshm/interview-dr-candy-gunther-brown (Links to an external site.).

Rebecca Quiñones, MTS. “An Interview with Dr. Lydia Dugdale Author of: Dying in the Twenty-First Century: Toward a New Ethical Framework for the Art of Dying Well.” Initiative on Health, Religion, and Spirituality at Harvard, website article, http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/rshm/interview-dr-lydia-dugdale (Links to an external site.).

Rebecca Quiñones, MTS. “Religion and Global Health: An Interview with Dr. Susan Holman.” Initiative on Health, Religion, and Spirituality at Harvard, website article, http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/rshm/religion-and-global-health-interview-dr-susan-holman (Links to an external site.).

Presentations

Rebecca Quiñones and Audra Hite, Sarah Noveroske, Christine Mitchell, Patrick Smith, Amanda Cooke, Vinca Chow, Tyler VanderWeele, Tracy Balboni, and Michael Balboni. University of Massachusetts Boston, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School. “Clergy End of Life Care and Race: Preliminary Findings of the National Clergy Project.” Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion, March 2015, Poster Presentation.

Rebecca Quiñones and Audra Hite, Sarah Noveroske, Christine Mitchell, Patrick Smith, Amanda Cooke, Vinca Chow, Tyler VanderWeele, Tracy Balboni, and Michael Balboni. University of Massachusetts Boston, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School. “Clergy End of Life Care and Race: Preliminary Findings of the National Clergy Project.” Caring for the Human Spirit, Conference sponsored by the Healthcare Chaplaincy Network, March 2015, Poster Presentation.

Virginia T. LeBaron, Rebecca Quiñones, Callie Nibecker, Gloria White-Hammond, Patrick T. Smith, Tracy A. Balboni, Michael, J. Balboni. “Developing a Conceptual Framework of Optimal Spiritual Care: Clergy Perspectives.” ASCO Palliative Care Symposium, September 2015, Poster Presentation.

Virginia T. LeBaron, Rebecca Quiñones, Callie Nibecker, Gloria White-Hammond, Patrick T. Smith, Tracy A. Balboni, Michael, J. Balboni. “Developing a Conceptual Framework of Optimal Spiritual Care: Clergy Perspectives.”Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, October 2015, Poster Presentation.

Andrew Baccari, MDiv candidate and Rebecca Quiñones, MTS, Callie Nibecker, BS., Candy Gunther Brown, PhD., Tyler VanderWeele, PhD., Michael Balboni, PhD. “Prevalence and Types of Miraculous Healings among U.S. Congregations in 2014”. Conference on Medicine and Religion, March 2015, Poster Presentation.

Andrew Baccari, MDiv candidate and Rebecca Quiñones, MTS, Callie Nibecker, BS., Candy Gunther-Brown, PhD., Tyler Vanderweele, PhD., Michael Balboni, PhD. “Prevalence and Types of Miraculous Healings among U.S. Congregations in 2014”. Caring for the Human Spirit, Conference sponsored by The Healthcare Chaplaincy Network, March 2015, Poster Presentation.

Abstracts

Virginia T. LeBaron, Rebecca Quiñones, Callie Nibecker, Gloria White-Hammond, Patrick T. Smith, Tracy A. Balboni, Michael, J. Balboni. “Developing a Conceptual Framework of Optimal Spiritual Care: Clergy Perspectives.” Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, October 2015, Abstract.

Michael Balboni, Adam Sullivan, Rebecca Quiñones, Tyler VanderWeele, and Tracy Balboni. “Clergy Religious Beliefs and ICU Utilization at the End of Life”. ASCO Palliative Care Conference, October 2015, Abstract.

Virginia LeBaron, APRN, PhD; Amanda Cooke, MD; Jonathan Resmini, MDiv; Alex Garinther, MA; Rebecca Quiñones, MTS; Sarah Noveroske, BA; Patrick T. Smith, PhD; Michael Balboni, PhD. “Exploring Clergy Perspectives on a ‘Good Death’ versus ‘Bad Death’ when Ministering to the Terminally Ill.” Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion, March 2015, Abstract.

Honors and Awards

2015 Blue Ribbon Poster Prize at the 4th Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion

2020 McKnight Fellow

2020 Grinter Fellow