Louise C. Ivers
Dr. Louise C. Ivers, MD, MPH, DTM&H is the Faculty Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Executive Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Global Health. Dr. Ivers is also the David Bangsberg Endowed Chair in Global Health Equity at MGH and a Professor of Medicine and Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Ivers has spent her career providing care to the rural and urban poor and engaging in patient-oriented investigation that offer solutions to barriers to healthcare. She works on the design, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale public health programs in resource-limited settings with the goal of achieving health equity. She has worked on healthcare delivery in India, Southeast Asia, and Africa. From 2003-2017, Dr. Ivers served in various leadership roles for Partners in Health, including Clinical Director, Chief of mission, and Director of strategic implementation. In addition to expanding access to healthcare for the poor, Dr. Ivers has contributed to published research articles on HIV/AIDS, food insecurity, and cholera treatment and prevention and is involved in global policy and advocacy.
Belinda Clerisme is the Executive Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute and works in partnership with the Faculty Director to execute the strategic vision for the institute. She is responsible for oversight of all administrative and financial activities, including strategy, financial planning, fundraising, space planning, human resources, and communications.
She brings to HGHI a strong background in financial management and strategic planning. Among the many highlights of her career are serving as Executive Director of Administration for the Harvard College Dean of Students Office; Director of Strategic Planning for MedStar Georgetown University Hospital; International Finance Director for Partners In Health; and Senior Finance and Planning Administrator for Harvard Medical School. She also served as the Treasurer for the Board of Directors of Anseye Pou Ayiti (Teach for Haiti).
Associate Faculty Director
Dr. Katz, the Associate Faculty Director at HGHI, serves as an Associate Physician in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is a research scientist at the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research over the past decade has focused on the social determinants of health-seeking behavior among people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, with the goal of developing sustainable, socio-behavioral interventions aimed at improving care for the most under-served.
Dr. Katz is trained in Infectious Diseases and received her MD from the University of California at San Francisco and trained in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She completed a fellowship in Global Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and has been on staff there since 2009.
She has been consistently funded as a Principal Investigator through the National Institutes of Health since 2012 and has served as an Editorial Fellow and a National Correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine.
Assistant Director of Programs
Carissa Novak is the Assistant Director of Programs, overseeing all programmatic work at HGHI. Prior to joining HGHI, she worked at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment with an ecology and infectious disease research team, where she spent time living and working in Madagascar.
She also worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill managing a large-scale sexual assault research network, which included leading the first ever prospective study of sexual assault trauma in adult women in the US. She lived and worked in Kenya and Uganda while studying barriers to reproductive healthcare, specifically in seeking treatment for HPV and cervical cancer. She received her Master of Science in Global Health from Duke University’s Global Health Institute, and her BA in International Relations from Auburn University.
Emily Maguire manages the Harvard Global Health Institute’s undergraduate student engagement initiatives.
Prior to joining HGHI in 2015, she worked with Education First and the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. She earned a Master’s in Education from Harvard and a BA in Psychology from Boston College.
Olivia manages the Harvard Global Health Institute's fellowship programs. The LEAD Fellowship for Promoting Women in Global Health and the Burke Global Health Fellowship.
Prior to joining HGHI in 2019, she managed international fellowship programs and trainee education at Boston Children's Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery and EqualHealth. Olivia earned a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Regis College and a B.A. in Public Health.
Senior Program Coordinator
Luke Testa currently supports programmatic initiatives focused on global HIV equity and climate change and health. Luke also supports HGHI's communications portfolio.
Luke is a part-time student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where he is studying to earn a Masters of Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Luke's interests fall at the intersection of implementation science and behavioral health.
Program Manager, GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard Initiative
Katy O'Neill is the Program Manager for the GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard Initiative and the Assistant to Professor Vikram Patel. Based in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, she is responsible for the administrative tasks, event programing, and communications of the Initiative as well as supporting Dr. Patel's administrative needs.
Katy O’Neill is the Program Manager for two mental health programs at Harvard Medical School: the Mental Health For All Lab and the GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard Initiative. As Program Manager of the Mental Health For All Lab, Katy oversees research program activities, proposed and current projects, and supervision of staff and students. She collaborates with research partners and related institutions across Harvard and around the world. Katy received her Master in Public Health from Boston University, specializing in Global Health in 2019. Her primary research interests include the intersection of gender, interpersonal relationships and mental health. Prior to joining Harvard, Katy was the Financial Aid Officer at Boston University School of Theology and a part-time Research Assistant for the Global & Local Center for Mental Health Disparities at Boston University School of Medicine.