Ruslan V. Nikitin is a health policy analyst at Harvard Catalyst’s Community Engagement Program (Harvard Medical School), working closely with Dr. Karen Emmons and Dr. Howard Koh on policy projects.

In addition to providing policy research consultations, Ruslan recently led the content curation and the development of the Policy Atlas – a free, web-based catalogue of policy data that is designed to facilitate health policy research by making data more accessible and easily searchable. Another area of contribution was the creation of ThinkResearch Community Engaged podcast series that aims to effectively translate evidence into practice and meaningfully engage and empower community partners in research.

Ruslan holds master's degrees in Social Policy and International Health Policy and Management and a PhD in Social Policy from Brandeis University. His doctoral thesis examined the effects of social networks/personal relationships on type 2 diabetes and unhealthy alcohol use among middle-aged and older adults. He was also a pre-doctoral National Institutes of Health, NIAAA trainee and 2020 Social Networks & Health fellow at the Duke Network Analysis Center.