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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

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

Centres

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

Violence against children and intimate partner violence against women: overlap and common contributing factors among caregiver-adolescent dyads.
Carlson C; Namy S; Norcini Pala A; Wainberg ML; Michau L; Nakuti J; Knight L; Allen E; Ikenberg C; Naker D
2020
BMC public health
Did internal displacement from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti lead to long-term violence against children? A matched pairs study design.
Cerna-Turoff I; Kane JC; Devries K; Mercy J; Massetti G; Baiocchi M
2020
Child abuse & neglect
Context of Violence in Adolescence Cohort (CoVAC) study: protocol for a mixed methods longitudinal study in Uganda.
Devries K; Parkes J; Knight L; Allen E; Namy S; Datzberger S; Nalukenge W; Atuhaire L; Kyegombe N; Walakira E
2020
BMC public health
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
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
Peer support for frequent users of inpatient mental health care in Uganda: protocol of a quasi-experimental study.
Ryan GK; Kamuhiirwa M; Mugisha J; Baillie D; Hall C; Newman C; Nkurunungi E; Rathod SD; Devries KM; De Silva MJ
2019
BMC psychiatry
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