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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; 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

School violence: where are the interventions?
Devries KM; Ward CH; Naker D; Parkes J; Bonell C; Bhatia A; Tanton C; EdxWalakira; Mudekunye LA; Alampay LP
2022
The Lancet. Child & adolescent health
Violence against children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bhatia A; Fabbri C; Cerna-Turoff I; Turner E; Lokot M; Warria A; Tuladhar S; Tanton C; Knight L; Lees S
2021
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Can the 'Learn in peace, educate without violence' intervention in Cote d'Ivoire reduce teacher violence? Development of a theory of change and formative evaluation results
Devries K; Balliet M; Thornhill K; Knight L; Procureur F; N'Djoré YAB; N'Guessan DGF; Merrill KG; Dally M; Allen E
2021
BMJ open
The EmpaTeach intervention for reducing physical violence from teachers to students in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp: A cluster-randomised controlled trial.
Fabbri C; Rodrigues K; Leurent B; Allen E; Qiu M; Zuakulu M; Nombo D; Kaemingk M; De Filippo A; Torrats-Espinosa G
2021
PLOS Medicine
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; Tanzania Adolescent Cash Plus Evaluation Team
2021
BMJ open
Psychosocial resilience among left-behind adolescents in rural Thailand: A qualitative exploration.
Rose-Clarke K; Nambutr W; Kongkamud A; Lertgrai W; Prost A; Benyakorn S; Albakri M; Devries K; Salisbury T; Jampaklay A
2021
Sociology of health & illness
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
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