Dr Sheila Harvey BSc (Hons) MSc PhD

Associate Professor Clinical and Social Intervention Trials


I am an epidemiologist with more than 20 years experience in health care research, including HIV prevention, gender-based violence, critical and emergency care, and child health. I have collaborated on, and coordinated, clinical and social intervention trials and other epidemiological studies, in a variety of healthcare settings in both low- and high-income countries. I am currently based in Mwanza in north west Tanzania working on trials evaluating interventions to prevent women’s experience of intimate partner violence and to prevent HIV infection in adolescent girls and young women. 




I teach on the distance learning MSc in Clinical Trials and in Public Health. I am currently Module Organiser for the Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies module on the Clinical Trials MSc.

I am a tutor on the Mwanza Researh Methods Short Course in Tanzania


I am currently working on trials in north west Tanzania including:

MAISHA – a mixed methods study comprising two cluster randomised controlled trials, a qualitative study and process evaluation, and an economic evaluation. The overall aim of MAISHA is to evaluate interventions to prevent women’s experience of intimate partner violence (IPV). The interventions being evaluated are: 1) the incremental impact of adding a 10-session participatory gender training programme to an existing group-based microfinance intervention for women; and 2) the impact of a 10-session participatory gender training programme delivered to women who are not receiving group-based microfinance.

EMPOWER – an implementation science study to evaluate a combination HIV prevention intervention that includes oral PrEP for adolescent girls and young women in South Africa and Tanzania. The overall aim of the study is to assess whether it is feasible, acceptable, and safe to offer oral PrEP as part of a combination HIV prevention package that addresses gender-based violence, stigma and HIV in adolescent girls and young women.

Research areas

  • Adolescent health
  • Clinical care
  • Clinical trials
  • Complex interventions
  • Critical care
  • Inequalities
  • Public health
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Sexual health
  • Violence


  • Epidemiology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Sexually transmitted infection


  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Tanzania
  • United Kingdom
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