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Tufts Public Health

Karen Sautter Errichetti

Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Public Health

Karen Sautter Errichetti

Karen Sautter Errichetti

Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Public Health

Phone 617-636-6746
Office: M128B
Campus: Boston


I am a public health researcher with expertise in program evaluation, health planning, and public health informatics. Trained as an epidemiologist, I am passionate about making evidence-based research and public health data more accessible to communities to ensure just and equitable decision-making. For this reason, I work extensively to support public health departments in developing data visuals and reports that real people will understand and use at all levels of society. My current projects involve applying modern data visualization techniques to develop effective health communication messages for dissemination using social media. My primary focus as a faculty member at Tufts is teaching. I love to share real examples from my professional experience in the classroom with the goal of helping my students develop practical skills that will enable them to excel in whatever career they choose. Before coming to Tufts, I spent 15 years in the private sector. I have held senior leadership positions at both a public health institute and a health quality improvement non-profit organization. My experience includes serving two terms as an elected member of the North Reading School Committee in Massachusetts. I live with my toddler, husband, and our rescued senior dog in southern Massachusetts.


  • MPH
  • DrPH

Research interests

Behavioral Science and Health Communication, Health Inequality and Social Determinants of Health

Research synopsis

My primary area of research is behavioral health and violence. My masters’ thesis was a historical policy analysis of terrorism strategies during the 1950s in the United States, and my dissertation evaluated the 2010 Massachusetts anti-bullying law that affected children in public schools.  My recent work evaluates the effect of integrated behavioral health strategies in safety net settings. Most of my current research takes place in communities with a history of health inequities, including the US-Mexico border and the US territories. My secondary area of research is focused on health literacy and dissemination of public health and health care research via social media.


  • Flynn A, Gaitan E, Stocker R, Showalter E, Errichetti KS. Enhanced Integrated Behavioral Health Model Improves Depressive Symptoms in a Low-Income, Uninsured, Primarily Hispanic Population Served by a Free and Charitable Clinic. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2020;20(4):15. DOI: 10.5334/ijic.5421.
  • Wolff LS, Flynn A, Xuan Z, Errichetti KS, Tapia Walker S, Kuhns Brodesky M. The Effect of Integrating Primary Care and Mental Health Services on Diabetes and Depression: A Multi-site Impact Evaluation on the US-Mexico Border. Medical Care. 2020; October 2: Published online ahead of print. DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001429.
  • Wolff, LS, Sautter Errichetti K, Tapia Walker S, Davis MV, Kuhns Brodesky M. Striking a Balance between Program-Specific and Portfolio-Level Evaluation: Lessons Learned from a Multi-Site Evaluation on the Texas-Mexico Border. Evaluation and Program Planning. 2020;83:101858. DOI: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2020.101858.
  • Sautter Errichetti K, Flynn A, Gaitan E, Marlen Ramirez M, Baker M, Xuan Z. Randomized Trial of Reverse Colocated Integrated Care on Persons with Severe, Persistent Mental Illness in Southern Texas. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2020;35(7):2035-2042. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-020-05778-2.
  • Sautter Errichetti K, Flynn A, Marlen Ramirez M, Xuan Z. Integrated Care Model Intervention among Persons with Severe Persistent Mental Illness at the U.S.-Mexico Border: A Randomized Controlled Trial Protocol. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications. 2019;16:100490. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-020-05778-2.
  • Young G, Meterko M, White B, Sautter K, Bokhour B, Baker E, Silver J. Pay-for-Performance in Safety-Net Settings: Issues, Opportunities and Challenges for the Future. Journal of Healthcare Management. 2010;55 (2): 132-41; discussion 141-2. PMID: 20402368.
  • Young G, Meterko M, Beckman H, Baker E, White B, Sautter KM, Greene R, Curtin K, Bokhour B, Berlowitz D, and Burgess Jr JF. Effects of Paying Physicians Based on their Relative Performance for Quality. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2007;22 (6):872–876. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-007-0185-5.
  • Sautter KM, Bokhour B, White B, Young G, Burgess Jr. JF, Berlowitz D, and J. R. Wheeler. 2007. Early Experiences of a Hospital-based Pay-for-Performance Program. Journal of Healthcare Management. 2007;52 (2): 95-107. DOI: 10.1097/00115514-200703000-00006.
  • Young G, Meterko M, White B, Bokhour BG, Sautter KM, Berlowitz D, Burgess Jr JF. Physician Attitudes toward Pay-for-Quality Programs: Perspectives from the Front Line. Medical Care Research and Review. 2007;64 (3): 331-43. doi: 10.1177/1077558707300091.
  • Soderberg K., Denekamp L, Nikiforow S, Sautter K, Desrosiers RC, Alexander L. A Nucleotide Substitution in the tRNA(Lys) Primer Binding Site Dramatically Increases Replication of Recombinant Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Containing a Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Reverse Transcriptase. Journal of Virology. 2002;76 (11): 5803-5806. doi: 10.1128/jvi.76.11.5803-5806.2002.