Professor Karen Devries
of Social Epidemiology
15-17 Tavistock Place
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.
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.
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.