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Professor Karen Devries

BSc PhD

Professor
of Social Epidemiology

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0)20 7958 8164

I am a social epidemiologist with expertise in the prevention of violence against children and adolescents, and child protection.  I lead the Child Protection Research Group and am affiliated with the Gender, Violence and Health Centre, the Centre for Evidence in Disability, the Centre for Evaluation, the Centre for Global Mental Health, and MARCH.

Affiliations

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

Centres

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

Teaching

I supervise MSc and PhD students, co-organise the Social Epidemiology Module, and lecture on a number of different MSc modules. I developed and co-organised the short course Researching Gender-Based Violence: Methods and Meaning from 2013 to 2021. 

Research

My main research interests include: understanding the causes and consequences of violence against children and adolescents; understanding the nature of violence; and developing and testing interventions to reduce violence and other adverse experiences in childhood. I also conduct research on violence against women, sexual health, mental health, disability, and epidemiological methods. 

My main ongoing research collaborations are with partners in Uganda and Zimbabwe, and I also collaborate on a wide range of data analyses and evidence syntheses which are global in scope.

Research Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Risk
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Systematic reviews
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Evaluation
Gender
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Mixed methods
Mobile technologies
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Randomised controlled trials
Schools
Smoking
Violence
Education
Discipline
Epidemiology
Psychology
Statistics
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Mental health
Sexually transmitted disease
Addiction
Sexually transmitted infection
Country
Canada
United Kingdom
Region
North America
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
World

Selected Publications

Behavioural intervention to reduce sexually transmitted infections in people aged 16–24 years in the UK: the safetxt RCT
Free C; Palmer MJ; Potter K; McCarthy OL; Jerome L; Berendes S; Gubijev A; Knight M; Jamal Z; Dhaliwal F
2023
Public Health Research
Remote methods for research on violence against women and children: lessons and challenges from research during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bhatia A; Turner E; Akim A; Mirembe A; Nakuti J; Parkes J; Datzberger S; Nagawa R; Kung'u M; Babu H
2022
BMJ global health
Intensified inequities: Young people's experiences of Covid-19 and school closures in Uganda.
Datzberger S; Parkes J; Bhatia A; Nagawa R; Kasidi JR; Musenze BJ; Naker D; Devries K
2022
Children & society
School violence, depression symptoms, and school climate: a cross-sectional study of Congolese and Burundian refugee children.
Fabbri C; Powell-Jackson T; Leurent B; Rodrigues K; Shayo E; Barongo V; Devries KM
2022
Conflict and Health
Safetxt: A randomised controlled trial of a behavioural intervention delivered by text messages to reduce sexually transmitted re-infections in people aged 16-24
Free C; Palmer M; McCarthy O; Jerome L; Berendes S; Knight M; Carpenter J; Morris T; Jamal Z; Dhaliwal F
2022
British Medical Journal
Effectiveness of a behavioural intervention delivered by text messages (safetxt) on sexually transmitted reinfections in people aged 16-24 years: randomised controlled trial.
Free C; Palmer MJ; McCarthy OL; Jerome L; Berendes S; Knight M; Carpenter JR; Morris TP; Jamal Z; Dhaliwal F
2022
BMJ
Workplace Violence Against Adolescents, Uganda, 2014-2019.
Knight L; Kiss L; Kyamulabi A; Kasalirwe F; Allen E; Datzberger S; Walakira E; Parkes J; Naker D; Devries K
2022
American journal of public health
'I went there in an effort to help the child, but you can see there is corruption in the world': Adults' conceptualisations and enactments of child protection in schools in a challenging context.
Turner E; Nyakuwa R; Nhenga-Chakarisa T; Muchemwa Nherera C; Nyadombo AT; Mgugu D; Trigg C; Fabbri C; Rank S; Devries K
2022
PLoS One
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