Ruslan V. Nikitin, PhD, was a health policy analyst at Harvard Catalyst’s Community Engagement Program (Harvard Medical School), leading the strategy and implementation of policy and evidence translation work. He was also a steering committee member of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Initiative on Health and Homelessness.

In addition to providing policy research consultations, Ruslan led the content curation and the development of the Harvard Catalyst 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. Using a social network analysis, his doctoral thesis examined the effects of personal social bonds 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.