Dr Karen Devries BSc PhD

Associate Professor 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, teach on Basic Statistics (in-house) and Principles of Social Research (Distance Learning).  I also co-organise the module on Social Epidemiology.



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.


If you would like a copy of our recent Science article on the prevalence of intimate partner violence, please click here:



Research areas

  • Adolescent health
  • Behaviour change
  • Child health
  • Complex interventions
  • Education
  • Evaluation
  • Gender
  • Global Health
  • Impact evaluation
  • Implementation research
  • Mixed methods
  • Mobile technologies
  • Qualitative methods
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Risk
  • Schools
  • Sexual health
  • Smoking
  • Social and structural determinants of health
  • Systematic reviews
  • Violence


  • Epidemiology
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Statistics

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Addiction
  • Mental health
  • Sexually transmitted disease
  • Sexually transmitted infection


  • North America
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
  • World


  • Canada
  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • Adolescence
  • Adolescent HIV
  • Adolescents
  • Africa
  • Behaviour Theory
  • Child Development
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Cochrane Reviews
  • Community Health Workers
  • Community Mobilisation
  • Developing countries
  • East Africa
  • Effectiveness Evaluations
  • Emotional Health
  • Epidemiological Methods
  • Gender Analysis
  • Gender And Health
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Gender Violence
  • Gender-based Violence
  • Gender-based violence
  • HIV Prevention
  • HIV prevention
  • Human Behaviour
  • Interpersonal Violence
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Low And Middle Income Countries
  • Marginalised Groups
  • Marginalised Populations
  • Masculinities
  • Maternal And Child Health
  • Measuring and transforming social norms
  • Psychological wellbeing
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Social Exclusion
  • Theory of Change
  • Uganda
  • Women's health
  • Youth
  • children
  • epidemiology
  • sex education
  • sexual behaviour
  • social determinants of health
  • social norms
  • theory driven evaluation
  • tobacco
  • trauma
  • young people
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