Dr Victoria Simms BSc MSc PhD

Lecturer in Epidemiology


I joined the School in 2011. Before coming here I spent five years with the Cicely Saunders Institute at King's College London, where I did my PhD on patient-centred problems at HIV diagnosis. Before that I worked on trachoma surveys in The Gambia and Sudan. I completed the Public Health in Developing Countries MSc at the School in 2005.




I am a module co-ordinator for Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies (DANES), with Christian Bottomley. I also teach on Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases, Basic Epidemiology and data management.


I work on randomised controlled trials in the areas of HIV, adherence to antiretroviral therapy and mental health, including children and adolescents. Most of my research is based in Zimbabwe. 

Research areas

  • Adolescent health
  • Child health
  • Complex interventions
  • Health services research
  • Health workers
  • Implementation research
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Sanitation


  • Epidemiology
  • Statistics

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Mental health
  • Trachoma
  • Tuberculosis


  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)


  • Gambia, The
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Rwanda
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Other interests

  • Adolescent HIV
  • Adolescents
  • Analysis Of Longitudinal Data
  • Cryptococcal meningitis
  • Low And Middle Income Countries
  • Tropical Epidemiology Group
  • palliative care
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