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Cathryn Samples, MD, MPH, AAHIVS

Medicine Research
Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Research
Hospital Title:
Assistant in Medicine
Academic Title:
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Research Focus Area:
HIV prevention/care
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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, juvenile justice, violence and health disparities.

She is 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 Regional Medical Director for metro Boston Department of Youth Services, overseeing a nurse practitioner practice serving detained and committed youth.

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.

  • Olshen E, Hsu K, Woods ER, Harper M, Harnisch B, Samples CL. Use of human immunodeficiency virus postexposure prophylaxis in adolescent sexual assault victims. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006;160(7):674-80

  • Fournier ME, Austin SB, Samples CL, Goodenow CS, Wylie SA, Corliss HL. A comparison of weight-related behaviors among high school students who are homeless and non-homeless. J Sch Health. 2009 Oct;79(10):466-73

  • Tuysuzoglu S, Corliss HL, Fitzgerald SM, Abascal BR, Samples CL. Acceptability and feasibility of rapid HIV testing in an adolescent clinic setting: youth testing attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors. J Adolesc Health. 2011 Dec;49(6):609-14

  • Louis-Jacques J, Samples CL. Caring for teens with chronic illness: risky business? Curr Opin Pediatr. 2011 Aug; 23(4)367-72

  • Monge MC, Samples CL. Primary care for children and adolescents living with HIV. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2012 Aug; 24(4)453-461

  • Kapadia F, Frye V, Bonner S, Emmanuel PJ, Samples CL, Latka MH. Perceived Peer Safer Sex  Norms and Sexual Risk Behaviors among Substance Using Latino Adolescents. AIDS Education and Prevention. 2012 Feb;24(1):27-40

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