Dr Anna Chavez

MA Hons MSc Phd

Research Fellow

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

I am a medical anthropologist and public health specialist with experience in applied health research and public health intervention development in LMICs and with ethnic minorities in the UK. I have particular research interests in global mental health, sickle cell disease and trait, energy poverty, infant thermal care and health benefits of nature.

I currently work on two global mental health projects at LSHTM. The first, RESPONSE, is a realist evaluation of health systems responsiveness in Vietnam and Ghana which will be looking at mental health during pregnancy. The second is SUCCEED, an international research consortium which is using an approach of co-production to investigate what works for supporting people with psychosis in their communities in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Malawi and Zimbabwe. My work with SUCCEED also involves supporting the Mental Health Innovation Network, working with the MHIN Africa and Latin America hubs.

My Latin American research experience includes conducting an auto ethnography of infant thermal care beliefs in Guatemala City which contributed to my Ph.D in on infant thermal care beliefs and practices in Guatemala and Bradford, UK. I lived, worked and raised two young sons in Guatemala City over a 5 year period which gave me the ideal opportunity for auto-ethnography. For my undergraduate degree in social anthropology I conducted 8 months of ethnography with remote Ngäbe communities in Panama looking at social change and relationships between the communities and visiting NGOs. I am currently on the REEC for Save the Children (UK), reviewing ethics applications for their global research and evaluation programmes and supporting the development of their research skills and culture. I am fluent in Spanish.

In addition to the above I have been a PI or Co-I on several applied health research projects. These projects include the impact of fuel poverty on children and adults with sickle cell disease (Northern England and Midlands, UK); ethical challenges of incidental findings of sickle cell trait status through diabetes testing (UK); barriers to using green spaces (Bradford, UK); citizen science and co-design of green space interventions (Bradford); childhood asthma and fuel poverty (South Yorkshire, UK); domestic mould reduction intervention project (Rotherham, UK); evaluation of the DH funded Foundations Independent Living Trust Ltd’s Warm Homes Service (England); evaluation of a tool for assessing the parent-infant relationship (Bradford); personalised midwifery (Bradford).


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


Research Area
Health inequalities
Health promotion
Health services research
Maternal health
Public health
Behaviour change
Global Health
Qualitative methods
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Non-communicable diseases
United Kingdom
Sierra Leone
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

The key components of a successful model of midwifery-led continuity of carer, without continuity at birth: findings from a qualitative implementation evaluation
Dharni N; Essex H; Bryant MJ; Cronin de Chavez A; Willan K; Farrar D; Bywater T; Dickerson J
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Protocol for a realist synthesis of health systems responsiveness in low-income and middle-income countries.
Mirzoev T; Cronin de Chavez A; Manzano A; Agyepong IA; Ashinyo ME; Danso-Appiah A; Gyimah L; Yevoo L; Awini E; Ha BTT
BMJ Open
Implementation of medicines pricing policies in sub-Saharan Africa: protocol for a systematic review.
Mirzoev T; Koduah A; Cronin de Chavez A; Baatiema L; Danso-Appiah A; Ensor T; Agyepong IA; Wright JM; Kretchy IA; King N
BMJ Open
Realist evaluation to improve health systems responsiveness to neglected health needs of vulnerable groups in Ghana and Vietnam: Study protocol.
Mirzoev T; Manzano A; Ha BTT; Agyepong IA; Trang DTH; Danso-Appiah A; Thi LM; Ashinyo ME; Vui LT; Gyimah L
PloS one
Incidental Findings of Sickle Cell Trait From an Everyday Diabetes Test: Should General Health Care Providers and Testing Centers Report, Retest, or Refer?
Cronin de Chavez A; Atkin KM; Babbington F; Berghs MJ; Dyson SM; Miller A; Whitelaw DC
Clinical Diabetes
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