Yale University

Katie Brooks Biello, M.P.H.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Global HIV Epidemiology, The Fenway Institute
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Member, Interdisciplinary Research Methods Core, CIRA
  • Former Predoctoral Fellow, CIRA


In years 1-2 as a pre-doctoral fellow at CIRA and a doctoral student in the Yale School of Public Health, Dr. Brooks Biello completed coursework and passed the qualifying exams with scores of high pass or higher in all areas to advance to candidacy. Over the 4 years on the training grant, Katie was actively involved with CIRA through weekly seminars, presenting her work at Research in Progress. She became involved in a number of projects led by CIRA faculty. These included community-level studies on neighborhood risks, intervention studies on pregnancy and sexual risk, and secondary data analyses of large national datasets. Katie roles in these projects ranged from data manager to data analyst. Over these years, she published seven first-authored manuscripts with other CIRA researchers, including with her mentors, Dr. Ickovics and Dr. Kershaw, and with Drs. Linda Niccolai and Melinda Pettigrew of Yale School of Public Health. These topics range from examining racial differences in age at preventable hospitalization, comparing mental health trajectories of teens, and assessing the role of segregation in sexual risk disparities. These papers were published in the American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Epidemiology, Sexually Transmitted Infections, among others. Katie also co-authored two additional manuscripts that are either published or under review.

At the end of her tenure on the training grant, Katie completed her dissertation research, which focused on examining whether there is a relationship between residential racial segregation and the large racial disparity in sexual risk in the US. She presented the results of this research to students, faculty and staff of Yale and was conferred a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow in Global HIV Epidemiology at the Fenway Institute in Boston, MA, with a dual appointment at Harvard School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology.