Ms Casey Lynn Crow
BA MSc MPhil/Ph.D Candidate
Research Degree Student
Public Health and Policy
My research is focused primarily on the intersection of disability, forced migration, sexual gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive health (SRH), with an emphasis on access to SRH for people with disabilities in humanitarian contexts. Prior to beginning my doctoral studies at the LSHTM, my research examined sexual violence against women with disabilities in Kenya, and access to care for sexual violence for Syrian refugees with disabilities in Lebanon and Jordan.
I currently research access to sexual and reproductive health for refugees with disabilities in Uganda as part of the Approaches to Complex and Challenging Environments for Sustainable SRHR (ACCESS) Consortium and Dialogue, Evidence, Participation and Translation for Health (DEPTH) research group. I hold a BA in Political Science (Hons) and Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics.
Apart from my academic pursuits, I have nearly ten years of nonprofit experience working with children with disabilities, refugees, and survivors of sexual violence. I am the founder of Beyond Words International, a U.S.-based nonprofit providing humanitarian aid, psychosocial support and nonverbal arts therapy to refugees in Greece, asylum seekers on the U.S.-Mexico Border, and other survivors of trauma.
My research at the LSHTM explores the sexual and reproductive health rights of refugees with disabilities in Uganda. This project builds on my prior work, in which I examined sexual violence against women and girls with disabilities in Kenya, and my MSc dissertation looking at the barriers Syrian refugees with disabilities face in accessing care for sexual violence in Lebanon and Jordan, and mapping barriers to care in urban and camp settings.
I am thrilled to begin my Ph.D under the supervision of Prof Cicely Marston, Prof Tom Shakespeare and Prof Catherine McGowan, as well as to partner with the ACCESS Consortium, International Centre for Evidence in Disability (ICED) and DEPTH research group.