Dr Karen Devries
in Social Epidemiology
I am a social epidemiologist at the Gender, Violence and Health Centre. My main interests relate to violence against children and women, mental health, sexual health and epidemiological methods.
Currently I supervise MSc and PhD students, co-organise the module on Social Epidemiology, and co-organise the short course Researching Gender-Based Violence. I also teach on Basic Statistics (in-house).
My current work consists of several intervention trials and evidence synthesis projects. I am currently leading a cluster RCT in Uganda to evaluate the Good School Toolkit for prevention of violence against children attending primary schools, with partners at the Institue of Education, Makerere University, and Raising Voices. I am also conducting related work on child protection in East Africa with various partners. I coordinate the GVH Centre’s involvement in Global Burden of Disease Study, and produce estimates of the prevalence of and disease burden associated with intimate partner violence and childhood sexual abuse for every region of the world. I also coordinated SASA!, a cluster-randomised trial of a violence and HIV prevention intervention in Kampala, Uganda.
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