Dr Karen Devries


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.



Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Centre for Evaluation
Evidence on Disability
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Global Mental Health



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).


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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 Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Systematic reviews
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Mixed methods
Mobile technologies
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Randomised controlled trials
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Sexually transmitted disease
Sexually transmitted infection
United Kingdom
North America
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Intimate partner violence and incident depressive symptoms and suicide attempts: a systematic review of longitudinal studies.
Devries, K.M. ; Mak, J.Y. ; Bacchus, L.J. ; Child, J.C. ; Falder, G. ; Petzold, M. ; Astbury, J. ; Watts, C.H. ;
PLoS Med
Global health. The global prevalence of intimate partner violence against women.
Devries, K.M. ; Mak, J.Y. ; García-Moreno, C. ; Petzold, M. ; Child, J.C. ; Falder, G. ; Lim, S. ; Bacchus, L.J. ; Engell, R.E. ; Rosenfeld, L. ; Pallitto, C. ; Vos, T. ; Abrahams, N. ; Watts, C.H. ;
The global prevalence of intimate partner homicide: a systematic review.
Stöckl, H.; Devries, K.; Rotstein, A.; Abrahams, N.; Campbell, J.; Watts, C.; Moreno, C.G.;
The Good Schools Toolkit to prevent violence against children in Ugandan primary schools: study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial.
Devries, K.M. ; Allen, E. ; Child, J.C. ; Walakira, E. ; Parkes, J. ; Elbourne, D. ; Watts, C. ; Naker, D. ;
Intimate partner violence during pregnancy: analysis of prevalence data from 19 countries.
Devries, K.M.; Kishor, S.; Johnson, H.; Stöckl, H.; Bacchus, L.J.; Garcia-Moreno, C.; Watts, C.;
Reprod Health Matters
Factors associated with pregnancy and STI among Aboriginal students in British Columbia.
Devries, K.M.; Free, C.J.; Morison, L.; Saewyc, E.;
Can J Public Health
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