Erin E. Sullivan
Erin E. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Research and Curriculum Director, Center for Primary Care; Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine

Erin E. Sullivan, PhD, is the research and curriculum director at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care. In this role, Erin leads the Center’s research program, where her team studies high performing primary care systems around the world. Erin also directs the Center’s evaluation efforts for the Center’s Advancing Teams Program and Primary Care Improvement Network. She also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and co-directs the Physician as a Leader course for fourth year medical students.

Prior to joining the Center, Erin worked at the Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University, where she initially focused on developing a Master’s level global health curriculum before moving on to direct a series of mixed methods health systems studies focused on HIV, TB and malaria programs in resource-limited settings. She served as the qualitative methods expert for these studies, designing interview tools, focus group guides and analysis plans for her team and 14 partner institutions. This research yielded technical reports for academic and large international health institutions (e.g., WHO, UNAIDS).

While at the Global Health Delivery Project, Erin also co-directed the management seminar within the Global Health Effectiveness Program at Harvard’s School of Public Health and served as a faculty member for Global Entrepreneurship Lab GHD, MIT Sloan’s flagship international project-based class.

Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts in art history from Wellesley College and a PhD in business studies from Trinity College, Dublin.


Harvard Medical School, Center for Primary Care