The APRP was an affiliate of Harvard University from August 2007 through April 2010 under a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. All content is archived as of June 1, 2010.


Staff & Researchers


Edward C. Green, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist and Director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project

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Dr. Green is a medical anthropologist with over 30 years of experience in developing countries in applied research, project design, implementation, and evaluation, as well as in social marketing and behavior change & communication (BCC) health education. Prior to joining the APRP, he was Takemi Fellow at the Department of Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health. His sectoral experience includes AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, family planning, primary health care, maternal and child health, children affected by war, water and sanitation. Dr. Green is a specialist in integrating traditional (indigenous) and “modern” health systems, and has pioneered a number of collaborative programs in AIDS prevention and primary health care involving African healers. His 2003 book, Rethinking AIDS Prevention, has helped shape current U.S. AIDS prevention policy, as embodied in the ABC policies of USAID and PEPFAR. He is a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS, (PACHA); a recent member of the Advisory Council of the Office of AIDS Research, Department of Health and Human Services; the board of; the board of the National Foundation for Alternative Medicine; and several other boards of directors. Dr. Green is the author of five books and over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, and commissioned technical reports.


Daniel Halperin, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist

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Prior to joining the APRP, Dr. Halperin was the Senior HIV Prevention and Behavior Change Advisor at USAID in Washington ,DC . Dr. Halperin has conducted epidemiological and ethnographic research for over thirty years on a number of health and sociocultural issues in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and other developing regions. Since completing doctoral training in cultural/medical anthropology and Latin American Studies at the University of California , Berkeley in 1995, his work has mainly focused on the heterosexual transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Most of his research and scientific publications (including in leading journals such as The Lancet, British Medical Journal, AIDS, etc.) have dealt with some of the previously more neglected HIV co-factors, such as concurrent sexual partner networks, lack of male circumcision, “dry sex” practices, alcohol use, and heterosexual anal intercourse. He has conducted field research and consultations over the years in a number of countries, including Brazil , South Africa , Botswana , Zimbabwe , the Dominican Republic , Peru and in various inner-city U.S. communities, and has an extensive background working with at-risk youth, particularly socially disadvantaged young men.


Allison Herling Ruark, MSPH, Research Fellow

Ms. Ruark holds an M.S. in Public Health at Oregon State University , and while earning this degree conducted qualitative research with youth in Uganda about the sociocultural context of delay of sexual debut. Ms. Ruark has also worked or conducted research in Kenya , Zimbabwe , Malawi , Mozambique , and other countries in Africa . Prior to joining the APRP, she worked with USAID-funded HIV prevention, support, and orphan care programs under Catholic Relief Services and Medical Service Corporation International. Her current research focuses on youth and women, specifically youth sexual behavior and the timing of sexual debut, the transition to adulthood among adolescents, links between youth and adult sexual behavior, HIV risk within marriage, and the vulnerability of women to HIV.

Jennifer Goldsmith, M.S., M.Ed., Director of Finance and Administration of the AIDS Prevention Research Project 

Ms. Goldsmith earned her MS in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, her MEd at Boston College and BA from the University of Michigan. Jennifer has previously worked as Assistant Dean for Finance at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Director of Strategic and Financial Planning at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She has worked as a strategy consultant for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and has responsibility for implementation of strategic initiatives for Graduate Medical Education at Partners HealthCare.



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