Robert H. Ebert Career Development Awards Granted to Three Institute Faculty

The Robert H. Ebert Career Development Award, named for the founder of Harvard Community Health Plan and former Dean of Harvard Medical School, supports the work of Institute faculty who demonstrate exceptional promise in the area of ambulatory care, primary care, or preventive medicine.

These awards provide resources to develop leading-edge programs in teaching and research and to pursue scientific and professional activities consistent with the department’s mission. Congratulations to this year’s awardees:

HIV, Comorbidities, and COVID-19: New study sheds light on the need for comorbidity prevention for those living with HIV

Treatment for HIV, or antiretroviral therapy, consists of the combination of at least three antiretroviral drugs that suppress the virus and stop the progression of HIV. A treatment regimen can be started at any point after diagnosis – though the sooner, the better – and is recommended for all people living with HIV.

Investigator Spotlight: Getting to Know Davene Wright

Davene Wright, Beyond the CV


Welcome to our spotlight series, where we look beyond the CV and learn more about our investigators. Meet Davene Wright, PhD, a new faculty member who joined our department in 2019. A decision scientist, Dr. Wright aims to improve the supply of and demand for efficient health care that can improve the management of pediatric chronic diseases, with a focus on childhood obesity.

Let’s dive in!

Whitney Sewell

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Whitney Sewell, PhD, MSW is a postdoctoral fellow and emerging scholar working with Drs. Julia Marcus and Doug Krakower in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. Her primary research focuses on preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) access and implementation, particularly for Black Women in the United States.

Kaitlyn Cook

Research Fellow

Kaitlyn Cook is a Research Fellow in the Division of Biostatistics in the Department of Population Medicine. She received her PhD in Biostatistics from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research focuses on methodological development for cluster-correlated and interval-censored data, with a particular emphasis on applications to cluster-randomized HIV (or other infectious disease) prevention studies. 

Tingting Yu

Research Fellow

Tingting Yu is a research fellow at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She received her Ph.D. degree in Statistics with a specialization in Biostatistics from the University of British Columbia. Her research area includes longitudinal data analysis, survival data analysis, joint modeling of correlated data, as well as addressing issues of data complications such as censoring and outliers.