Amy M. Sullivan, Ed.D., is Director for Education Research at the Shapiro Institute. She also serves as Scientific Review Officer for education research projects in the BIDMC Department of Medicine. Dr. Sullivan is a research psychologist with expertise in research in medical education and psychosocial oncology and palliative care. She is also on the staff of the Harvard Medical School Academy as the Associate Director for Research. Dr. Sullivan joined the Shapiro Institute at BIDMC in April 2011. Prior to her work here, she was on the faculty of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Department of Social and Behavioral Health, where she taught qualitative and quantitative research methods and conducted research in patient-clinician communication related to care at the end of life. from 2000-2007, Dr. Sullivan was Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Psychiatry, where she also served as Co-Chair of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center IRB panel for social and behavioral studies. She obtained her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Sullivan can be reached for consultation on educational research at

Molly Hayes, M.D.
Jakob McSparron, M.D.
Brett Armstrong, M.P.H.