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I am a third-year MD-PhD (first-year PhD) student interested in the intersection of policy, ethics, and clinical care with a particular focus on family and community health. I conduct mixed methods research and will focus my doctoral training in Organization and Implementation Science. Prior to training at UNC, I worked in biomedical ethics research. My past projects focused on the ethics of unproven therapies, policy surrounding compassionate use provision of experimental drugs, and patient views on the incorporation of artificial intelligence into healthcare. I have also worked on research related to HPV vaccination and HIV vaccine development.

Since arriving at UNC, I have explored the impact of summer programming for rural youth of color with the Center for Health Equity Research, taken part in an archival analysis of HIV/AIDS physician/scientist/advocate Joseph Sonnabend’s impact on community-based clinical trials in the 1980s-90s, and contributed to two systems mapping projects. One systems project focuses on continuous glucose monitoring use among older adults with type 1 diabetes, and the second aims to strengthen reproductive care for people living with chronic disease. 

I look forward to my Carolina Population Center project which compares trends in family formation between heterosexual and sexual and gender minority individuals using the Add Health dataset. 

Research Interests

Ethics; sexual and reproductive health; community health; mixed methods


Carolyn Tucker Halpern