Dr Kathryn Church


Honorary Lecturer
in Sexual and Reproductive Health

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

I work at Marie Stopes International as the Director of the global Evidence to Action team. I am also an Honoroary Assistant Professor at LSHTM in the Department of Population Health. I am a social scientist conducting research on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and their clients in developing countries. My primary interest is in the area of reproductive health (particularly family planning and abortion) services.

I worked previously at LSHTM as a researcher on SRH, where I also conducted my PhD on the integration of SRH and HIV services in Swaziland. Previously, I worked for the World Health Organization in their family planning unit in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, supporting the development and dissemination of evidence-based tools and guidelines on contraceptive use. I have also worked as a consultant on various SRH projects, including work on a community-based maternal and newborn health project in El Salvador, on the Iraq Family Health Survey, and on a research toolkit for maternal health. My first degree was in Geography from the University of St Andrews, followed by a Masters in Population and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Population Health


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


I teach on the Family Planning Programmes (FPP) and Foundations in Reproductive Health modules. I help supervise summer projects for the MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research. I currently have one PhD student investigating the impact of an m-health intervention on post-abortion family planning use in Bangladesh, and a DrPH student investigating integrated health services in Malawi.  


In my role as Director of Evidence at MSI, I manage a team of 12 analysts, reserachers and HMIS leads supporting evidence generation across MSI's 37 country programmes. I also oversee our portfolio of formative, operational and clinical research projects. MSI conducts studies to understand how to increase the scale of its family planning and abortion programmes, to improve their quality, and to ensure their sustainability.  Our team supports studies on post-abortion family planning, task-sharing for contraceptive and/or abortion provision (including to community health workers and pharmacists), quality of care, reaching marginalised or vulnerable groups, and promoting the high quality provision of long-acting and permanent methods of contraception. I help assure the quality of quantitative and qualitative research conducted across MSI's country programmes in Africa and Asia, and support dissemination and reporting of findings. 

In my previous roles at LSHTM, I conducted research for the ALPHA network, analysing HIV policies and their implementation in services access across 6 sub-Saharan countries; and for the Integra Initiative, a multi-country study investigating the integration of SRH and HIV services, and a partnership between LSHTM, Population Council and the International Planned Parenthood Federation. My PhD, which formed one sub-study within Integra, was an in-depth case study comparing four different models of HIV care and treatment (stand-alone and integrated SRH-HIV services) in Swaziland. Areas of focus were contraceptive needs and practices among people living with HIV, use of integrated services, satisfaction with care, and perceptions of HIV-related stigma. The study utilised mixed quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Research Area
Health services research
Maternal health
Organisational research
Primary care
Quality improvement
Sexual health
Health workers
Impact evaluation
Mixed methods
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Randomised controlled trials
Reproductive health
Operational research
Policy analysis
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Sexually transmitted disease
El Salvador
South Africa

Selected Publications

Getting more than "claps": incentive preferences of voluntary community-based mobilizers in Tanzania.
Kok M; Abdella D; Mwangi R; Ntinginya M; Rood E; Gassner J; Church K; Wheatley N
Human resources for health
Unintended Consequences of mHealth Interactive Voice Messages Promoting Contraceptive Use After Menstrual Regulation in Bangladesh: Intimate Partner Violence Results From a Randomized Controlled Trial
Reiss K; Andersen K; Pearson E; Biswas K; Taleb F; Ngo TD; Hossain A; Barnard S; Smith C; Carpenter J
Global health, science and practice
Using a Call Center to Reduce Harm From Self-Administration of Reproductive Health Medicines in Bangladesh: Interrupted Time-Series.
Keenan K; Footman K; Sadekin M; Reiss K; Yasmin R; Franklin H; Church K
JMIR public health and surveillance
Drug Seller Provision Practices and Knowledge of Misoprostol in Bangladesh
Reiss K; Keenan K; Church K; Dijkerman S; Mitu SA; Nuremowla S; Ngo TD
International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
Using Digital Technology for Sexual and Reproductive Health: Are Programs Adequately Considering Risk?
Bacchus LJ; Reiss K; Church K; Colombini M; Pearson E; Naved R; Smith C; Andersen K; Free C
Global Health: Science and Practice
Medical Abortion Provision by Pharmacies and Drug Sellers in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review.
Footman K; Keenan K; Reiss K; Reichwein B; Biswas P; Church K
Stud Fam Plann
A longitudinal review of national HIV policy and progress made in health facility implementation in Eastern Zimbabwe.
Tlhajoane M; Masoka T; Mpandaguta E; Rhead R; Church K; Wringe A; Kadzura N; Arinaminpathy N; Nyamukapa C; Schur N
Health research policy and systems
Setting the research agenda for induced abortion in Africa and Asia.
Scott RH; Filippi V; Moore AM; Acharya R; Bankole A; Calvert C; Church K; Cresswell JA; Footman K; Gleason J
International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics
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