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Dr Karen Devries

BSc PhD

Professor
of Social Epidemiology

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

Tel.
+44 (0)20 7958 8164

Karen Devries is a social epidemiologist with expertise in the prevention of violence against children and adolescents, and child protection.  She runs the Child Protection Research Group, and is 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
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Global Mental Health

Teaching

Karen supervises MSc and PhD students; co-organises the Social Epidemiology Module; co-organises the short course Researching Gender-Based Violence: Methods and Meaning; tutors on Basic Statistics; and lectures on a number of different MSc modules.  She is currently the Deputy Research Degrees Coordinator for the Department of Global Health and Development.

Research

Karen’s 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. She also conducts research on violence against women, sexual health, mental health, disability, and epidemiological methods. 

Her main research collaborations are currently in Uganda, Zanzibar and Cote d’Ivoire, and her work is funded primarily by the UK MRC, DfID, NIHR, the Wellcome Trust, and the UBS Foundation.  She is a member of the academic technical advisory board for the International Violence Against Children Surveys, and advises WHO on measurement of violence against women. 

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
Addiction
HIV/AIDS
Mental health
Sexually transmitted disease
Sexually transmitted infection
Country
Canada
United Kingdom
Region
North America
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
World

Selected Publications

Preventing violence against children in schools (PVACS): protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial of the EmpaTeach behavioural intervention in Nyarugusu refugee camp
Devries KM; Fabbri C; Allen E; Barongo V; Shayo E; Greco G; Kaemingk M; Qiu M; Steinacher R; Tol W
2019
BMC Public Health
Children's and caregivers' perspectives about mandatory reporting of child maltreatment: a meta-synthesis of qualitative studies.
McTavish JR; Kimber M; Devries K; Colombini M; MacGregor JCD; Wathen N; MacMillan HL
2019
BMJ open
Missed treatment opportunities and barriers to comprehensive treatment for sexual violence survivors in Kenya: a mixed methods study.
Gatuguta A; Merrill KG; Colombini M; Soremekun S; Seeley J; Mwanzo I; Devries K
2018
BMC public health
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