Title and Affiliation
Program Director, PHACS Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Project Director, Data Resources Core
Project Director, Scientific Administrative Core
Liz Salomon, EdM began her career working in special education and discovered her love of research at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she focused her studies on education for social and political change, human development and psychology, and qualitative and participatory research.
Liz joined the Research and Evaluation Department at Fenway Community Health in 1998 and, during her time there, worked with increasing levels of responsibility on HIV vaccine, medical adherence, primary and secondary prevention, community needs assessment, and microbicide acceptability studies. Much of Liz’s initial HIV research work was funded by the HIV Network for Prevention Trials (HIVNET), which helped lay the groundwork for the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) and the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN).
From 2008 - 2011 Liz served as the Assistant Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Clinical Research Program’s Education Unit where she directed the development and dissemination of investigator and study staff clinical research training. Missing her work with youth and in HIV, Liz returned to The Fenway Institute (TFI) at Fenway Health in 2011 to help lead their site of the Adolescent Trials Network (ATN).
As TFI’s Project Director for Community-Based Research, Liz helped direct the Boston site of Connect to Protect® (C2P): Building a Community-Based Infrastructure for HIV Prevention. Through her work on this project, Liz mobilized a cross-sector racial justice and health equity-focused coalition that worked to catalyze structural (program, policy and practice-level) changes in the Boston community. Liz also helped lead the Boston site of the Strategic Multisite Initiative for the Identification, Linkage and Engagement in Care of Youth with Undiagnosed HIV Infection (SMILE in Caring for Youth) which sought to support youth living with HIV in navigating and removing structural barriers to accessing the continuum of care.
From 2016-2018, Liz served as Director of Programs at Primary Care Progress, a leadership development organization for primary care practitioners and students across the US, and became the Program Director for the PHACS Data & Operations Center (DOC) in May of 2018 and the PHACS Program Director in September of 2020. In this role, Liz provides administrative leadership across the PHACS network’s research projects and cores and provides particular support to the work of the SAC, DRC and the HECC as well as the PHACS and HOPE protocol teams Liz is honored to be a part of the PHACS family and is excited to help bring its mission to fruition in the coming years.