Dr Tara Beattie
of HIV Epidemiology
15-17 Tavistock Place
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.
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.