Dr Victoria Simms


Assistant Professor
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.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


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 Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Health services research
Adolescent health
Health workers
Implementation research
Randomised controlled trials
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Gambia, The
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Cryptococcal meningitis screening and community-based early adherence support in people with advanced HIV infection starting antiretroviral therapy in Tanzania and Zambia: an open-label, randomised controlled trial.
Mfinanga, S. ; Chanda, D. ; Kivuyo, S.L. ; Guinness, L. ; Bottomley, C. ; Simms, V. ; Chijoka, C. ; Masasi, A. ; Kimaro, G. ; Ngowi, B. ; Kahwa, A. ; Mwaba, P. ; Harrison, T.S. ; Egwaga, S. ; Jaffar, S. ; REMSTART trial team, . ; COLLABORATORS;Chale, P. ; Kigocha, O. ; Shirima, R.P. ; Lema, Y. ; Kasubi, M. ; Mathania, M. ; Makuchilo, M. ; Mziray, F. ; Alway, C. ; Rwezaura, L. ; Mgohamwenda, J. ; Minde, J. ; Luhimbo, T. ; Biseko, M. ; Kapesa, E. ; Shoo, W. ; Barankena, A. ; Mzyece, J. ; Chanda, R. ; Salim, E. ; Kashongore, G. ; Kapotwe, V. ; Manan, D. ;
Clinical presentation, biochemical, and haematological parameters and their association with outcome in patients with Ebola virus disease: an observational cohort study.
Hunt, L.; Gupta-Wright, A.; Simms, V.; Tamba, F.; Knott, V.; Tamba, K.; Heisenberg-Mansaray, S.; Tamba, E.; Sheriff, A.; Conteh, S.; Smith, T.; Tobin, S.; Brooks, T.; Houlihan, C.; Cummings, R.; Fletcher, T.;
Lancet Infect Dis
Nurse-led palliative care for HIV-positive patients taking antiretroviral therapy in Kenya: a randomised controlled trial.
Lowther, K. ; Selman, L. ; Simms, V. ; Gikaara, N. ; Ahmed, A. ; Ali, Z. ; Kariuki, H. ; Sherr, L. ; Higginson, I.J. ; Harding, R. ;
Lancet HIV
Integrating public health research trials into health systems in Africa: individual or cluster randomisation?
Simms, V.; Matiku, S.; Ngowi, B.; Chanda, D.; Lesikari, S.; Bottomley, C.; Egwaga, S.; Kahwa, A.; Guinness, L.; Mwaba, P.; Mfinanga, S.; Jaffar, S.;
Trop Med Int Health
Multidimensional Patient-Reported Problems within Two Weeks of HIV Diagnosis in East Africa: A Multicentre Observational Study.
Simms, V. ; Gikaara, N. ; Munene, G. ; Atieno, M. ; Kataike, J. ; Nsubuga, C. ; Banga, G. ; Namisango, E. ; Penfold, S. ; Fayers, P. ; Powell, R.A. ; Higginson, I.J. ; Harding, R. ;
PLoS One
'My dreams are shuttered down and it hurts lots'--a qualitative study of palliative care needs and their management by HIV outpatient services in Kenya and Uganda.
Selman, L. ; Simms, V. ; Penfold, S. ; Powell, R.A. ; Mwangi-Powell, F. ; Downing, J. ; Gikaara, N. ; Munene, G. ; Higginson, I.J. ; Harding, R. ;
BMC Palliat Care
Integration of palliative care throughout HIV disease.
Simms, V. ; Higginson, I.J. ; Harding, R. ;
Lancet Infect Dis
See all Dr Victoria Simms's Publications