ABOUT THE RESEARCHER

OVERVIEW

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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.

BACKGROUND

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. Did the 2011 AAP recommendations on youth HIV testing change practice? Trends from a large urban adolescent program. HIV AIDS (Auckl). 2017; 9:95-100. View abstract
  2. Primary care for children and adolescents living with HIV. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2012 Aug; 24(4):453-61. View abstract
  3. Perceived peer safer sex norms and sexual risk behaviors among substance-using Latino adolescents. AIDS Educ Prev. 2012 Feb; 24(1):27-40. View abstract
  4. Caring for teens with chronic illness: risky business? Curr Opin Pediatr. 2011 Aug; 23(4):367-72. View abstract
  5. 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. View abstract
  6. 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. View abstract
  7. Use of human immunodeficiency virus postexposure prophylaxis in adolescent sexual assault victims. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006 Jul; 160(7):674-80. View abstract
  8. 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. View abstract
  9. Preventing HIV in adolescents with non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis. Ital J Pediatr. 2005; 31:33-7. View abstract
  10. Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Young Women. Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, eds. Emans SJ, Laufer M, Goldstein DP. 2005; (Chapter 16). View abstract
  11. OPPORTUNITIES TO INCREASE HIV TESTING AMONG YOUNG MEN OF COLOR [Abstract]. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2005. View abstract
  12. Rates of psychiatric co-morbidity among adolescent sexual assault victims [Abstract]. Ambulatory Pediatric Association. 2005. View abstract
  13. HIV Prevention for Gay Male Youth -- Now More than Ever [Abstract]. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2004. View abstract
  14. 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. View abstract
  15. 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. View abstract
  16. Postexposure prophylaxis: an intervention to prevent human immunodeficiency virus infection in adolescents. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2003 Aug; 15(4):379-84. View abstract
  17. 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. View abstract
  18. 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. View abstract
  19. Predictors of retention in care among HIV+ and at-risk youth. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2002; 30(2):107. View abstract
  20. 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). View abstract
  21. 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. View abstract
  22. 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. View abstract
  23. Coming of age with HIV: A comparison of adolescents with sexually and vertically acquired infection. Society for Adolescent Medicine. 2000; Poster. View abstract
  24. 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. View abstract
  25. 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. View abstract
  26. Evaluation of a targeted HIV testing program for at-risk youth. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 1999 Nov; 10(4):430-42. View abstract
  27. Five year update of a model of care for homeless and HIV positive adolescents. American Public Health Association. 1998. View abstract
  28. 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. View abstract
  29. The experience of case management in an urban program for HIV positive, high risk, homeless adolescents. 10th National AIDS Update Conference. 1998. View abstract
  30. 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. View abstract
  31. Mental health and substance abuse services for HIV postiive, homeless and at-risk youth. Journal of Adolescent Health. 1998; 22:154. View abstract
  32. 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). View abstract
  33. Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Adolescent Women. Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, eds. Emans SJ, Goldstein DP, Laufer M. 1998. View abstract
  34. The experience of case management in an urban program for HIV positive, high risk, homeless adolescents. American Public Health Association. 1997. View abstract
  35. Health service needs for HIV positive and at-risk young women. National Conference on Women and HIV. 1997. View abstract
  36. HIV testing experience of a model of care for high risk youth: Testing the worried well. Pediatric Research. 1997; 41:4A. View abstract
  37. The relationship between mood, substance use, and CD4 count in HIV positive, high risk, homeless adolescents. American Public Health Association. 1996. View abstract
  38. Primary care experiences and preferences of urban youth. J Pediatr Health Care. 1996 Jul-Aug; 10(4):151-60. View abstract
  39. A new model of health care for adolescent/young adult homeless and HIV positive youth. Journal of Adolescent Health. 1996; 18:123. View abstract
  40. Clinical intake and flow sheet for HIV positive adolescents and young adults. American Public Health Association. 1995. View abstract
  41. Adolescent and young adult HIV seroprevalence survey. American Public Health Association. 1995. View abstract
  42. Clinical Care Flow Sheet. 1995. View abstract
  43. Adolescent and young adult HIV seroprevalence survey. Society for Adolescent Medicine. 1995. View abstract
  44. A new model of health care for adolescent/young adult homeless and HIV positive youth. Caucus on Homelessness, American Public Health Association. 1994. View abstract
  45. Streetworker's Role in Youth Needs Assessment. Epidemiology Section Paper, American Public Health Association. 1994. View abstract
  46. Voluntary testing in adolescents: A comparison of two urban sites. American Medical Women's Association. 1994. View abstract
  47. Adolescent and young adult HIV seroprevalence survey. North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. 1994. View abstract
  48. Voluntary HIV testing in adolescents: A comparison of two urban sites. Society for Adolescent Medicine. 1994. View abstract
  49. Voluntary HIV Testing in Adolescents: A comparison of two urban sites. Society for Adolescent Medicine. 1994. View abstract
  50. Project Protection: A holistic communityp-based HIV program. Latino Caucus Paper, American Public Health Association. 1991. View abstract
  51. SHAPE, The School Health Planning and Evaluation Project. School Health Section, American Public Health Association. 1991. View abstract
  52. Suicide Prevention Training Manual. 1986. View abstract
  53. Occurrence of erythema chronicum migrans and Lyme disease among children in two noncontiguous Connecticut counties. Arthritis Rheum. 1981 Dec; 24(12):1512-6. View abstract
  54. An epidemic of resistant Salmonella in a nursery. Animal-to-human spread. JAMA. 1980 Feb 08; 243(6):546-7. View abstract
  55. Morbidity/Mortality Newsletter. 1977. View abstract