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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, 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. 

Research

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.

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, depression symptoms, and school climate: a cross-sectional study of Congolese and Burundian refugee children.
Fabbri C; Powell-Jackson T; Leurent B; Rodrigues K; Shayo E; Barongo V; Devries KM
2022
Conflict and Health
Paper: violence, abuse and exploitation among trafficked women and girls: a mixed-methods study in Nigeria and Uganda.
Kiss L; Fotheringhame D; Kyegombe N; McAlpine A; Abilio L; Kyamulabi A; Walakira EJ; Devries K; Tanton C
2022
BMC PUBLIC 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
Identifying the women most vulnerable to intimate partner violence: A decision tree analysis from 48 low and middle-income countries
Coll CVN; Santos TM; Devries K; Knaul F; Bustreo F; Gatuguta A; Houvessou GM; Barros AJD
2021
eClinicalMedicine
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
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
2021
The Lancet. Child & adolescent health
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
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
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