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Larkin Callaghan, PhD, MA

Title(s)Director, Comms & Partnerships, AIDS Research Institute
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    University of Southern California2005
    Columbia University2007
    Columbia University2012
    Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, Dept of EpidemiologyFellowship2013

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    Larkin is a global health and development research and communications expert with 15 years experience in epidemiology, global health, and disparities. She has extensive statistical training, has managed field operations, implementation and evaluation for global research projects, launched multilateral partnerships in resource limited settings, and executed health communication and messaging strategies.

    With research training underscoring a programs, financial, advisory, negotiations and crisis management background, she's worked with various organizations and funders: Stanford, UCSF, Columbia, NIH, CDC, State Dept, and state and federal health departments. Larkin has sole-authored competitive grant applications and renewals resulting in awards of $25mil+, and led teams securing $200mil+ across federal and private awards. She has negotiated and overseen the planning, launch, and management of training and research-clinical partnerships in 10+ developing countries, fostering internal/external stakeholder relationships with foreign governments; negotiated the distribution/disposition of goods across borders with agencies and foreign governments; served as an advisor for global health innovation projects seeking university and industry funding; and has taught at Stanford and Columbia.

    Larkin is also a health communications consultant and writer. As a UN correspondent she worked with country missions, ambassadors, and press secretaries; as a research reporter for Women Under Siege she codified some of the earliest cases of sexual violence in Syria's civil war. With bylines and as a ghostwriter, she translates epidemiological, development, and policy research, crafts talking points and speeches, and advises on pressers, media strategies, and PR for global health groups. She has been a contracted NIH grant writer.

    Larkin received her masters and doctoral degrees from Columbia, and has worked in and with teams in 19 LMIC in sub-Saharan Africa, S. America, the Caribbean, and SE Asia.

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