Ms Tanya Abramsky

Research Fellow

United Kingdom

Tanya first came to LSHTM in 2002 to do the MSc Epidemiology, and then rejoined the School in September 2004 as a Research Fellow on the Young Lives Project, a longitudinal survey of childhood poverty in 4 developing countries. She is currently working within the Gender Violence and Health Centre, part of the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology group, on several projects relating to violence against women.


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


Centre for Evaluation


Tanya has co-organised, facilitated and lectured on the Basic Epidemiology study module, and also facilitated on several other study units: Statistics for EPH; the Design and Analysis of Epidemiological Studies; Critical Readings in Epidemiology; Environmental Epidemiology (DL); Social Epidemiology.

She has also been a personal tutor on the MSc Epidemiology and MSc Public Health. She currently supervises students undertaking the Distance Learning Public Health MSc project module.


Tanya's research focuses on violence against women, its causes, consequences and means of prevention. Major studies she has worked on include the WHO Multi-country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence against Women; the IMAGE study, a cluster randomised trial measuring the impact of a microfinance and gender equity training intervention on intimate partner violence against women in rural South Africa; and the SASA! Study, a cluster randomised trial of a community mobilisation intervention to prevent violence against women and reduce HIV risk in Kampala, Uganda.

Much of Tanya's current research centres on the evaluation of complex social interventions to prevent intimate partner violence, and she is particularly interested in the use (and pitfalls) of cluster randomised trials in such evaluations. Her research also explores the pathways (both individual- and community-level) through which interventions impact on women's risk of partner violence.
Research Area
Complex interventions
Health inequalities
Impact evaluation
Randomised controlled trials
Social and structural determinants of health
Gender-based violence
Violence against women and girls
Social epidemiology
Sexual health
Behaviour change
Disease and Health Conditions
South Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Migration Planning Among Female Prospective Labour Migrants from Nepal: A Comparison of First‐Time and Repeat‐Migrants
International migration (Geneva, Switzerland)
Ecological pathways to prevention: How does the SASA! community mobilisation model work to prevent physical intimate partner violence against women?
ABRAMSKY, T; DEVRIES, KM; Michau, L; Nakuti, J; Musuya, T; KISS, L; KYEGOMBE, N; WATTS, C;
BMC public health
The impact of SASA!, a community mobilisation intervention, on women's experiences of intimate partner violence: secondary findings from a cluster randomised trial in Kampala, Uganda.
ABRAMSKY, T; DEVRIES, KM; Michau, L; Nakuti, J; Musuya, T; KYEGOMBE, N; WATTS, C;
Journal of epidemiology and community health
Findings from the SASA! Study: a cluster randomized controlled trial to assess the impact of a community mobilization intervention to prevent violence against women and reduce HIV risk in Kampala, Uganda.
ABRAMSKY, T; DEVRIES, K; KISS, L; Nakuti, J; KYEGOMBE, N; STARMANN, E; CUNDILL, B; Francisco, L; Kaye, D; Musuya, T; Michau, L; WATTS, C;
BMC medicine
A community mobilisation intervention to prevent violence against women and reduce HIV/AIDS risk in Kampala, Uganda (the SASA! Study): study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial.
ABRAMSKY, T; DEVRIES, K; KISS, L; Francisco, L; Nakuti, J; Musuya, T; KYEGOMBE, N; Starmann, E; Kaye, D; Michau, L; WATTS, C;
What factors are associated with recent intimate partner violence? findings from the WHO multi-country study on women's health and domestic violence.
ABRAMSKY, T; WATTS, CH; Garcia-Moreno, C; DEVRIES, K; KISS, L; Ellsberg, M; Jansen, HA; HEISE, L;
BMC public health
Assessing the incremental effects of combining economic and health interventions: the IMAGE study in South Africa.
Kim, J; FERRARI, G; ABRAMSKY, T; WATTS, C; HARGREAVES, J; Morison, L; Phetla, G; PORTER, J; Pronyk, P;
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Pathways to reduced physical intimate partner violence among women in north-western Tanzania: Evidence from two cluster randomised trials of the MAISHA intervention.
ABRAMSKY, T; Guadarrama, DS; KAPIGA, S; Mtolela, G; Madaha, F; Lees, S; HARVEY, S;
PLOS global public health
MAISHA Study CRT01: Baseline and follow-up data
ABRAMSKY, T; HARVEY, S; LEES, S; KAPIGA, S; Mtolela, G; Madaha, F; Hanson, C; Hashim, R; Kapinga, I;
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
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