Dr Tara Beattie

DPhil Msc

Assistant Professor
of HIV Epidemiology


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

020 7927 2613

Tara Beattie graduated with a BSc in Medical Microbiology at The University of Edinburgh in 1998 and a dPhil in HIV Immunology in Kenyan Sex Workers at The University of Oxford in 2005. She then went onto complete her MSc in Epidemiology at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2008.


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


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


Tara Beattie teaches on the Global Mental Health and Control of Infectious Diseases MSc courses, the Evaluation of Public Health Interventions MSc module and the Gender, Violence and Health Short Course.


Since 2007, Tara Beattie has been working, in collaboration with The University of Manitoba and Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, on HIV prevention in south India among female sex workers and men who have sex with men/ transgenders, with a particular focus on gender, violence, community mobilisation and structural interventions. She is currently working on the evaluation of Project Samata (Equality), an intervention in north Karnataka, India, which aims to support adolescent girls from marginalised communities to enter and remain in secondary school until completion (aged 16), and thereby delay their age at marriage and potential entry into sex work. She is also working on the evaluation of Samvedana Plus, an intervention which aims to reduce violence by intimate partners and increase consistent condom use among female sex workers in north Karnataka, India.

In 2019, she will start a new MRC funded New Investigator Research Grant, which will investigate the risk factors for genital inflammation among women at high risk of HIV infection in East Africa, using a mixed-method, longitudinal analysis.

Research Area
Complex interventions
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Impact evaluation
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Sexually transmitted disease
Sexually transmitted infection
South Asia

Selected Publications

Changes in HIV and syphilis prevalence among female sex workers from three serial cross-sectional surveys in Karnataka state, South India.
Isac, S. ; Ramesh, B.M. ; Rajaram, S. ; Washington, R. ; Bradley, J.E. ; Reza-Paul, S. ; Beattie, T.S. ; Alary, M. ; Blanchard, J.F. ; Moses, S. ;
BMJ Open
Supporting adolescent girls to stay in school, reduce child marriage and reduce entry into sex work as HIV risk prevention in north Karnataka, India: protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial.
Beattie, T.S. ; Bhattacharjee, P. ; Isac, S. ; Davey, C. ; Javalkar, P. ; Nair, S. ; Thalinja, R. ; Sudhakar, G. ; Collumbien, M. ; Blanchard, J.F. ; Watts, C. ; Moses, S. ; Heise, L. ;
BMC Public Health
Community Mobilization and Empowerment of Female Sex Workers in Karnataka State, South India: Associations With HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infection Risk.
Beattie, T.S.; Mohan, H.L.; Bhattacharjee, P.; Chandrashekar, S.; Isac, S.; Wheeler, T.; Prakash, R.; Ramesh, B.M.; Blanchard, J.F.; Heise, L.; Vickerman, P.; Moses, S.; Watts, C.;
Am J Public Health
Vulnerability re-assessed: The changing face of sex work in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh.
Beattie, T.S.; Bradley, J.E.; Vanta, U.D.; Lowndes, C.M.; Alary, M.;
An integrated structural intervention to reduce vulnerability to HIV and sexually transmitted infections among female sex workers in Karnataka state, south India.
Gurnani, V. ; Beattie, T.S. ; Bhattacharjee, P. ; CFAR Team, . ; Mohan, H. ; Maddur, S. ; Washington, R. ; Isac, S. ; Ramesh, B. ; Moses, S. ; Blanchard, J.F. ;
BMC Public Health
Violence against female sex workers in Karnataka state, south India: impact on health, and reductions in violence following an intervention program.
Beattie, T.S.h.; Bhattacharjee, P.; Ramesh, B.; Gurnani, V.; Anthony, J.; Isac, S.; Mohan, H.; Ramakrishnan, A.; Wheeler, T.; Bradley, J.; Blanchard, J.F.; Moses, S.;
BMC Public Health
Declines in risk behaviour and sexually transmitted infection prevalence following a community-led HIV preventive intervention among female sex workers in Mysore, India
Reza-Paul, S.; Beattie, T.; Syed, H.U.R.; Venukumar, K.T.; Venugopal, M.S.; Fathima, M.P.; Raghavendra, H.R.; Akram, P.; Manjula, R.; Lakshmi, M.; Isac, S.; Ramesh, B.M.; Washington, R.; Mahagaonkar, S.B.; Glynn, J.R.; Blanchard, J.F.; Moses, S.
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