Frank L. Quinn

Dr. Frank L. Quinn has served the Columbia community as a therapist since 1976. A native of North Carolina, his undergraduate and master’s degrees were earned at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but he received his doctorate from the University of South Carolina. His early career focused on addictions and their impact on families. Dr. Quinn’s groundbreaking research on electronic and convenience gambling helped end the scourge of video poker in South Carolina and earned him the Medal of Merit from the Parliament of Southeastern Australia.

Beginning in 1986 he has served as an adjunct professor at numerous local colleges, teaching undergraduate psychology at Columbia College and graduate students in the mental health counseling programs at the University of South Carolina, Webster University and Lenoir Rhyne University. He has been a guest lecturer at many universities including the University of Adelaide (Australia), the University of Edmonton (Canada) and Dalhousie University Law School (Nova Scotia).


Although widely regarded as one of the worst poets of his generation, his book Fat Dog Don’t Run No Rabbit: Promoting change in overprivileged children and their families, is an essential read and received warm reviews on the John Boy and Billy Show, by noted critic Robert D. Raford. Dr. Quinn’s forays into the world of poetry and literature have not yet met the acclaim that they richly deserve, but his professional writing has helped shape policies and treatment throughout the world. Two examples of this would be “The Effects of Psychoeducation Intervention with Chronic Schizophrenics” with Dr. Charles Goldman and “From Mad Joy to Misfortune: The Merger of Law and Politics in the World of Gambling” with Professor R. Randall Bridwell.

Dr. Quinn has been with Carolina Psychiatric Services since 1990 and has served as the managing partner since 2006. His therapeutic specialties include: anxiety, mood disorders, addiction and the evaluation/treatment of sex offenders.