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Cathryn Samples, MD, MPH, AAHIVS

Department: Adolescent Young Adult Medicine
Research Centers: Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Research Center
Hospital Title: Assistant in Medicine
Academic Title: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Research Area: HIV prevention/care

Research Overview

Cathryn Samples' work focuses on HIV infection and risk in adolescents and young adults. The goals of her research are to develop more successful approaches to the prevention of HIV and other conditions related to sexual activity, to improve HIV case finding and risk reduction among youth, and to improve the treatment and care of HIV among youth, whether recently infected or long term survivors of perinatal HIV infection. She is also interested in community based research aimed at reducing risk among urban youth.

She is Clinical Director of the Boston HAPPENS Program, which provides HIV care and support to youth ages 12-24 years. In addition this program offers HIV counseling and testing, as well as education and technical assistance to community based organizations, working with youth.

Dr. Samples is Principal Investigator of the Boston Unit of the Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN), a 15-site multicenter NIH-funded research network focusing on research interventions to improve treatment, care, adherence and prevention for HIV-infected youth, and youth at risk. Current projects include studies of: metabolic consequences of HIV and HAART; structured treatment interruption; serosurveillance among youth at risk; and behavioral interventions, aimed at both primary and secondary prevention. She is also an investigator with the Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group Unit at the Children's Hospital, Boston AIDS Program.

About Cathryn Samples

Cathryn Samples received her MD degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and her MPH degree from Tulane University School of Public Health. She completed an internship and residency at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, and served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Connecticut State Health Department, and as Assistant Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health. Throughout her career in public health and academic medicine, she has also been a community health center primary care clinician and program administrator.

Key Publications

  • Olshen E, Samples CL. Postexposure prophylaxis: an intervention to prevent human immunodeficiency virus infection in adolescents. Current Opinion in Pediatrics 2003; 15: 379-84.
  • Harris SK, Samples CL, Keenan PM, Fox DJ, Melchiono MW, Woods ER. Boston HAPPENS Program. Outreach, mental health, and case management services: can they help to retain HIV-positive and at-risk youth and young adults in care? Maternal & Child Health Journal 2003; 7: 205-18.
  • Woods ER, Samples CL, Melchiono MW, Harris SK. Boston HAPPENS Program: HIV-positive, homeless, and at-risk youth can access care through youth-oriented HIV services. Seminars in Pediatric Infectious Diseases 2003; 14: 43-53.

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