Dr Tara Beattie

DPhil Msc

Associate Professor
of Social Epidemiology


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

020 7927 2613

My background is interdisciplinary: after graduating with a BSc in Medical Microbiology (The University of Edinburgh), I completed a dPhil in HIV Immunology (The University of Oxford), and then a MSc in Epidemiology (The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).

I joined LSHTM in 2008 and have worked on the evaluation of large-scale public health interventions with female sex workers and adolescent girls in south India, including two cluster-RCTs funded by DFID and the MRC-SA. I am particularly interested in understanding the structural drivers of HIV risk, including violence, mental health, and alcohol use problems. I have also worked on the prevention of child marriage and secondary school drop-out among adolescent girls.

My current study (Maisha Fiti) in Nairobi, Kenya, is funded by the Medical Research Council. This longitudinal study with 1000 women aims to understand the immunological pathways linking violence experience to HIV risk and disease progession.  


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


Centre for Evaluation


I am Module Organiser for the Social Epidemiology module. I also teach on The Fundamentals of Global Mental Health and AIDS modules.

I am a tutor on the Control of Infectious Disease and Global Mental Health MSc.



My research is interdisciplinary, and draws on the epidemiologal, social and biological sciences to better understand the structural drivers of HIV risk and design interventions to improve health outcomes for female sex workers and adolescent girls.

My current research is hypothesis driven, and aims to understand how up-stream determinants, such as poverty, violence, mental health and alcohol use problems impact on biological HIV risk and disease progression.

Methodologically, my research makes use of mixed-methods primary data collected through behavioural and biological surveys, and qualitative interviews. I have worked on two cluster-RCTs and my current study is a longitudinal, cohort study.

I enjoy public engagement, particularly creating and using short films to communicate context in science. Following moments in the lives of two women, this recent short film sets the scene for the Maisha Fiti study in Nairobi, Kenya, and how sex workers are coming together to address the violence and stigma that they face.

I supervise four doctoral students from Kenya, The Gambia, India and Canada.


Research Area
Complex interventions
Social and structural determinants of health
Adolescent health
Randomised controlled trials
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Sexually transmitted infection
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Removing the societal and legal impediments to the HIV response: An evidence-based framework for 2025 and beyond.
Stangl AL; Pliakas T; Izazola-Licea JA; Ayala G; Beattie TS; Ferguson L; Orza L; Mathur S; Pulerwitz J; Iovita A
PloS One
Violence across the life course and opportunities for intervention design: findings from the Maisha Fiti study with female sex workers in Nairobi, Kenya
Beattie TS; Kabuti R; Shah P; Beksinska A; Nyakiri E; Babu H; Kungu M; Champions TMFS; Nyabuto C; Okumu M
Mental health, physical impairment and violence among FSWS in North Karnataka, South India: a story of intersecting vulnerabilities
Beksinska A; Beattie TS; Platt L; Bhattacharjee P; Prakash R; Ramanaik S; Dibbadahalli K; Collumbien M; Gafos M; Davey C
BJPsych Open
Prevalence and correlates of common mental health problems and recent suicidal thoughts and behaviours among female sex workers in Nairobi, Kenya.
Beksinska A; Jama Z; Kabuti R; Kungu M; Babu H; Nyariki E; Shah P; Maisha Fiti Study Champions; Nyabuto C; Okumu M
BMC Psychiatry
The relationship between intimate partner violence and probable depression among adolescent girls and young women in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Brar SK; Beattie TSH; Abas M; Vansia D; Phanga T; Maseko B; Bekker L-G; Pettifor AE; Rosenberg NE
Global public health
Preventing HIV Among Young People in Southern and Eastern Africa
Gafos M; Beattie T; Stoebenau K; Baron D; Weiner R; Wamoyi J; Letsela L; Hargreaves J; Mshana G; Kapiga S
Preventing HIV Among Young People in Southern and Eastern Africa Emerging Evidence and Intervention Strategies
Secular changes in child marriage and secondary school completion among rural adolescent girls in India
Beattie TS; Javalkar P; Gafos M; Heise L; Moses S; Prakash R
Journal of Global Health Reports
Prevalence and correlates of psychological distress among 13-14 year old adolescent girls in North Karnataka, South India: a cross-sectional study.
Beattie TS; Prakash R; Mazzuca A; Kelly L; Javalkar P; Raghavendra T; Ramanaik S; Collumbien M; Moses S; Heise L
BMC public health
The Samata intervention to increase secondary school completion and reduce child marriage among adolescent girls: results from a cluster-randomised control trial in India.
Prakash R; Beattie TS; Javalkar P; Bhattacharjee P; Ramanaik S; Thalinja R; Murthy S; Davey C; Gafos M; Blanchard J
Developing a Mental Health Measurement Strategy to Capture Psychological Problems among Lower Caste Adolescent Girls in Rural, South India.
Mazzuca A; Nagarchi D; Ramanaik S; Raghavendra T; Javalkar P; Rotti S; Bhattacharjee P; Isac S; Cohen A; Beattie T
Transcultural psychiatry
Correlates of school dropout and absenteeism among adolescent girls from marginalized community in north Karnataka, south India.
Prakash R; Beattie T; Javalkar P; Bhattacharjee P; Ramanaik S; Thalinja R; Murthy S; Davey C; Blanchard J; Watts C
Journal of adolescence
Declines in violence and police arrest among female sex workers in Karnataka state, south India, following a comprehensive HIV prevention programme.
Beattie TS; Bhattacharjee P; Isac S; Mohan HL; Simic-Lawson M; Ramesh BM; Blanchard JF; Moses S; Watts CH; Heise L
Journal of the International AIDS Society
Violence against female sex workers in Karnataka state, south India: impact on health, and reductions in violence following an intervention program.
Beattie TSH; Bhattacharjee P; Ramesh BM; Gurnani V; Anthony J; Isac S; Mohan HL; Ramakrishnan A; Wheeler T; Bradley J
BMC public health
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