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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

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

Centres

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

Teaching

I supervise MSc and PhD students; co-organise the Social Epidemiology Module; co-organise the short course Researching Gender-Based Violence: Methods and Meaning; and lecture on a number of different MSc modules.  I'm currently the Deputy Research Degrees Coordinator for the Department of Global Health and Development.

Research

My main research interests include: understanding the causes and consequences of violence against children and adolescents; understanding how resilience to adverse experiences is produced; 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 research collaborations are currently in Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Cote d’Ivoire, and my work is funded primarily by the UK Research Councils.  I'm a member of the academic technical advisory board for the International Violence Against Children Surveys, and advise WHO on measurement of violence against women. 

For a recent article in the popular press on violence and COVID-19, click here: https://www.thinkglobalhealth.org/article/violence-times-coronavirus-ugly-truth

and for some helpful recent blogs by colleagues on violence data collection during COVID-19:

Remote data collection on violence against women during COVID-19: A conversation with experts on research priorities, measurement and ethics (Part 1)

Remote data collection on violence against children during COVID-19: A conversation with experts on research priorities, measurement and ethics (Part 2)

 

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

Disability status and multi-dimensional personal well-being among adolescents in the Southern Highlands Region of Tanzania: results of a cross-sectional study.
Quinones S; Palermo TM; Lukongo TM; Luchemba P; Mitti R; Devries K; de Groot R; Khurshid A; Kuper H
2021
BMJ open
COVID-19 response measures and violence against children.
Bhatia A; Fabbri C; Cerna-Turoff I; Tanton C; Knight L; Turner E; Lokot M; Lees S; Cislaghi B; Peterman A
2020
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Modelling the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on violent discipline against children.
Fabbri C; Bhatia A; Petzold M; Jugder M; Guedes A; Cappa C; Devries K
2020
Child abuse & neglect
Safetxt: a safer sex intervention delivered by mobile phone messaging on sexually transmitted infections (STI) among young people in the UK - protocol for a randomised controlled trial.
Free C; McCarthy OL; Palmer MJ; Knight R; Edwards P; French R; Baraitser P; Hickson FCI; Wellings K; Roberts I
2020
BMJ OPEN
Long-Term Outcomes of the Good School Toolkit Primary School Violence Prevention Intervention Among Adolescents: Protocol for a Nonrandomized Quasi-Experimental Study.
Knight L; Atuhaire L; Allen E; Namy S; Anton-Erxleben K; Nakuti J; Mirembe AF; Nakiboneka M; Seeley J; Weiss HA
2020
JMIR research protocols
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