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Cathryn Samples, MD, MPH, AAHIVS

Department:
Medicine Research
Division
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.

Publications

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  1. Monge MC, Samples CL. Primary care for children and adolescents living with HIV. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2012 Aug; 24(4):453-61.
  2. 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 Educ Prev. 2012 Feb; 24(1):27-40.
  3. Louis-Jacques J, Samples C. Caring for teens with chronic illness: risky business? Curr Opin Pediatr. 2011 Aug; 23(4):367-72.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 Jul; 160(7):674-80.
  6. D'Angelo LJ, Samples C, Rogers AS, Peralta L, Friedman L. HIV infection and AIDS in adolescents: an update of the position of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. J Adolesc Health. 2006 Jan; 38(1):88-91.
  7. Olshen E, Puro V, Samples CL. Preventing HIV in adolescents with non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis. Ital J Pediatr. 2005; 31:33-7.
  8. Samples CL. Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Young Women. Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, eds. Emans SJ, Laufer M, Goldstein DP. 2005; (Chapter 16).
  9. Harris JC,Stewart SA, Pratt BB, Rich M,Woods ER, Samples CL . OPPORTUNITIES TO INCREASE HIV TESTING AMONG YOUNG MEN OF COLOR [Abstract]. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2005.
  10. Olshen E, Hsu KK, Woods ER, Harper MB, Samples CL . Rates of psychiatric co-morbidity among adolescent sexual assault victims [Abstract]. Ambulatory Pediatric Association. 2005.
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  12. Friedman LB, Ellen J, Samples CL. HIV Prevention for Gay Male Youth -- Now More than Ever [Abstract]. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2004.
  13. Harris SK, Samples CL, Keenan PM, Fox DJ, Melchiono MW, Woods ER. Outreach, mental health, and case management services: can they help to retain HIV-positive and at-risk youth and young adults in care? Matern Child Health J. 2003 Dec; 7(4):205-18.
  14. Harris JC, Stewart SA, Pratt BB, Rich M, Woods ER, Sample CL. A qualitative study of HIV testing beliefs, attitudes and behaviors of Black and Latino males age 15-24 in the Boston metropolitan area. American Public Health Association. 2003; Poster.
  15. Olshen E, Samples CL. Postexposure prophylaxis: an intervention to prevent human immunodeficiency virus infection in adolescents. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2003 Aug; 15(4):379-84.
  16. 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. Semin Pediatr Infect Dis. 2003 Jan; 14(1):43-53.
  17. Woods ER, Samples CL, Melchiono MW, Keenan PM, Fox DJ, Harris SK. Initiation of services in the Boston HAPPENS Program: human immunodeficiency virus-positive, homeless, and at-risk youth can access services. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2002 Oct; 16(10):497-510.
  18. Harris SK, Samples CL, Keenan PK, Fox DJ, Melchiono MW, Woods ER. Predictors of retention in care among HIV+ and at-risk youth. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2002; 30(2):107.
  19. Woods ER, Samples CL, Singer B, Peters NP, Trevithick LA, Schnier A, Tierney S, Feudo R, Pickett G, Wright ER, Remafedi G, Greenberg BL, Melchior LA, Huba GJ. Young People and HIV/AIDS: The need for a continuum of care: Findings and Policy recommendations from nine adolescent focused projects supported by the Special Project Significance Program (SPNS). AIDS and Public Policy Journal. 2002; 17(3).
  20. Samples CD, Bernier S, Hayes-Swain A, Reid C, Zander A. Positive Action: Lessons learned from a community health center life skills intervention in three local middle schools and after school programs. School Health Education Section, American Public Health Association. 2000.
  21. Keenan PM, Samples CL, Chase LH. HIV post exposure prophylaxis: The challenges of meeting medical and psychosocial needs of adolescnets and young adults after a sexual assault. Workshop, Society for Adolescent Medicine. 2000.
  22. Freedman JE, Woods ER, Cavallo MA, Samples CL. Coming of age with HIV: A comparison of adolescents with sexually and vertically acquired infection. Society for Adolescent Medicine. 2000; Poster.
  23. Woods ER, Samples CL, Melchiono MW, Keenan PM, Fox DJ, Chase L, Burns M, Price V, Paradise J, O'Brien R, Claytor R, Brooke R, Goodman E. The Boston HAPPENS program: needs and uses of services by HIV-positive compared to at-risk youth, including gender differences. Evaluation & Program Planning. 2000; 23:187-98.
  24. Woods ER, Samples CL, Singer B, Peters NP, Tierney S, Trevithick L, Schneir A, Feudo R, Wright ER, Pickett G, Remafedi G, Greenberg BL, Melchior LA, Huba GJ. The need for a continuum of care for youth living with HIV: Findings from nine adolescent projects supported by the Special Projects of National Significance Program, Health Resources and Services Administration. American Public Health Association. 1999.
  25. Goodman E, Samples CL, Keenan PM, Fox DJ, Melchiono M, Woods ER. Evaluation of a targeted HIV testing program for at-risk youth. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 1999 Nov; 10(4):430-42.
  26. Melchiono MW, Keenan PM, Samples CL, Fox DJ, Chase LH, Woods ER. Five year update of a model of care for homeless and HIV positive adolescents. American Public Health Association. 1998.
  27. Woods ER, Samples CL, Melchiono MW, Keenan PM, Fox DJ, Chase LH, Tierney S, Price VA, Paradise JE, O'Brien RF, Mansfield CJ, Brooke RA, Allen D, Goodman E. Boston HAPPENS Program: a model of health care for HIV-positive, homeless, and at-risk youth. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) Adolescent Provider and Peer Education Network for Services. J Adolesc Health. 1998 Aug; 23(2 Suppl):37-48.
  28. Keenan PM, Melchiono MW, Fox DJ, Samples CL, Chase LH, Garcia R, Burns M, DeYoung L, Kaleq A, Woods ER. The experience of case management in an urban program for HIV positive, high risk, homeless adolescents. 10th National AIDS Update Conference. 1998.
  29. Goodman E, Samples CL, Keenan PM, Fox DJ, Melchiono M, Woods ER. Do high rish youth use targeted HIV testing services: experience of a program of care for high risk youth. Journal of Adolescent Health. 1998; 22:163.
  30. Chase LH, Goodman E, Keenan PM, Fox D, Samples CL, Garcia R, Kiwanuka M, Paradise J, Woods ER. Mental health and substance abuse services for HIV postiive, homeless and at-risk youth. Journal of Adolescent Health. 1998; 22:154.
  31. Samples CL, Goodman E, Woods ER. Epidemiology and Medical Management of Adolescents. Pediatric AIDS: The Challenge of HIV Infection in Infants, Children and Adolescents, eds. Pizzo PA, Wilfert CM. 1998; (Chapter 36).
  32. Samples CL. Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Adolescent Women. Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, eds. Emans SJ, Goldstein DP, Laufer M. 1998.
  33. Keenan PM, Melchiono MW, Fox DJ, Samples CL, Chase LH, Garcia R, Burns M, DeYoung L, Kaleq A, Woods ER. The experience of case management in an urban program for HIV positive, high risk, homeless adolescents. American Public Health Association. 1997.
  34. Woods ER, Samples CL, Melchiono M, Keenan PM, Fox DJ, Chase L, Burns M, Paradise J, Price V, Kula L, Goodman E. Health service needs for HIV positive and at-risk young women. National Conference on Women and HIV. 1997.
  35. Goodman E, Burns M, Samples CL, Keenan PM, Fox DJ, Woods ER. HIV testing experience of a model of care for high risk youth: Testing the worried well. Pediatric Research. 1997; 41:4A.
  36. Keenan PM, Chase L, Samples C, Woods E, Tierney S. The relationship between mood, substance use, and CD4 count in HIV positive, high risk, homeless adolescents. American Public Health Association. 1996.
  37. Rosenfeld SL, Fox DJ, Keenan PM, Melchiono MW, Samples CL, Woods ER. Primary care experiences and preferences of urban youth. J Pediatr Health Care. 1996 Jul-Aug; 10(4):151-60.
  38. Woods ER, Melchiono MW, Samples CL, Keenan PM, Fox DJ, Tierney S. A new model of health care for adolescent/young adult homeless and HIV positive youth. Journal of Adolescent Health. 1996; 18:123.
  39. Samples CL, Melchiono MW, Mao CA, Goodman E, Keenan PM, Wood ER. Clinical intake and flow sheet for HIV positive adolescents and young adults. American Public Health Association. 1995.
  40. Melchiono MW, Samples CL, Mann R, Woods ER. Adolescent and young adult HIV seroprevalence survey. American Public Health Association. 1995.
  41. Samples CL. Clinical Care Flow Sheet. 1995.
  42. Melchiono MW, Samples CL, Mann R, Woods ER. Adolescent and young adult HIV seroprevalence survey. Society for Adolescent Medicine. 1995.
  43. Woods ER, Melchiono MW, Goodman E, Samples CL, and the Boston HAPPENS Program Participants. A new model of health care for adolescent/young adult homeless and HIV positive youth. Caucus on Homelessness, American Public Health Association. 1994.
  44. Samples CL and Samuels RC. Streetworker's Role in Youth Needs Assessment. Epidemiology Section Paper, American Public Health Association. 1994.
  45. Morey MA, Melchiono MW, Samples CL, Allred EN, Woods ER. Voluntary testing in adolescents: A comparison of two urban sites. American Medical Women's Association. 1994.
  46. Melchiono MW, Samples CL, Mann R, Woods ER. Adolescent and young adult HIV seroprevalence survey. North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. 1994.
  47. Morey MA, Melchiono MW, Samples CL, Allred En, Woods ER. Voluntary HIV testing in adolescents: A comparison of two urban sites. Society for Adolescent Medicine. 1994.
  48. Morey MA, Melchiono MW, Samples CL, Allred EN, Woods ER. Voluntary HIV Testing in Adolescents: A comparison of two urban sites. Society for Adolescent Medicine. 1994.
  49. Samples CL, Pagan R, Castillo ME. Project Protection: A holistic communityp-based HIV program. Latino Caucus Paper, American Public Health Association. 1991.
  50. Samples CL. SHAPE, The School Health Planning and Evaluation Project. School Health Section, American Public Health Association. 1991.
  51. Samples CL. Suicide Prevention Training Manual. 1986.
  52. Kaslow RA, Samples CL, Simon DG, Lewis JN. Occurrence of erythema chronicum migrans and Lyme disease among children in two noncontiguous Connecticut counties. Arthritis Rheum. 1981 Dec; 24(12):1512-6.
  53. Lyons RW, Samples CL, DeSilva HN, Ross KA, Julian EM, Checko PJ. An epidemic of resistant Salmonella in a nursery. Animal-to-human spread. JAMA. 1980 Feb 8; 243(6):546-7.
  54. Samples CL. Morbidity/Mortality Newsletter. 1977.
  55. 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.
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