Dr Aoife Doyle

BSc MPhil PhD

Assistant Professor
of Epidemiology


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 207 927 2041

+44(0) 207 958 8340

Aoife joined LSHTM in 2004 to lead the long-term impact evaluation of the MEMA kwa Vijana Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Intervention in Mwanza, Tanzania, and completed her PhD on this topic in 2010. Between 2010 and 2015 she held a MRC Population Health Scientist Post-doctoral Fellowship. Prior to joining LSHTM Aoife spent two years at the University of Aberdeen and two years as an EPIET fellow, based at Institut de Vielle Sanitaire, Paris where she contributed to infectious disease surveillance and participated in both national and international outbreak investigations. 

Aoife lived and worked for two years in Mwanza, Tanzania (2007-8) and has experience working in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Sudan. 


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


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


Aoife co-organises a short course on Adolescent Health in Low and Middle Income Countries and teaches on the Extended Epidemiology (2007), Control of RTIs/STIs (3192) and AIDS (3174) in-house modules. She is also a tutor for the Epidemiology of communicable diseases (EP301) distance learning module. 


Aoife's research focuses on the health and well-being of adolescents and young people and she has a particular interest in the design of interventions and in appropriate methods for their evaluation. Her work to date has focused primarily on the sexual and reproductive health of young people in developing countries; however, she is increasingly interested in addressing the broader health needs of adolescent populations including improving access to health services, the intersection between education and health, and exploring the potential of mhealth interventions.

Aoife's current research includes:

  • A mixed-methods study of health service utlisation by young people in rural KwaZulu-Nata, South Africa
  • External outcome evaluation of the Adolescents 360 intervention which aims to increase the use of modern contraceptives among 15-19 year old girls in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Nigeria
  • External evaluation of the DREAMS initiative which aims to decrease HIV incidence in adolescent girls in Kenya, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.



Research Area
Complex interventions
Sexual health
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Global Health
Health services
Impact evaluation
Mobile technologies
Reproductive health
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Sexually transmitted infection
South Africa
Least developed countries: UN classification
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Evaluating the impact of an intervention to increase uptake of modern contraceptives among adolescent girls (15-19 years) in Nigeria, Ethiopia and Tanzania: the Adolescents 360 quasi-experimental study protocol.
Atchison, C.J. ; Mulhern, E. ; Kapiga, S. ; Nsanya, M.K. ; Crawford, E.E. ; Mussa, M. ; Bottomley, C. ; Hargreaves, J.R. ; Doyle, A.M. ;
BMJ Open
Who are the male sexual partners of adolescent girls and young women? Comparative analysis of population data in three settings prior to DREAMS roll-out.
Doyle, A.M. ; Floyd, S. ; Baisley, K. ; Orindi, B. ; Kwaro, D. ; Mthiyane, T.N. ; Muuo, S. ; Shahmanesh, M. ; Ziraba, A. ; Birdthistle, I. ;
PLoS One
Concurrency and other sexual partnership patterns reported in a survey of young people in rural Northern Tanzania.
Doyle, A.M. ; Plummer, M.L. ; Weiss, H.A. ; Changalucha, J. ; Watson-Jones, D. ; Hayes, R.J. ; Ross, D.A. ;
PLoS One
They are not always a burden: Older people and child fostering in Uganda during the HIV epidemic.
Kasedde, S. ; Doyle, A.M. ; Seeley, J.A. ; Ross, D.A. ;
Soc Sci Med
The sexual behaviour of adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa: patterns and trends from national surveys.
Doyle, A.M.; Mavedzenge, S.N.; Plummer, M.L.; Ross, D.A.;
Trop Med Int Health
The Epidemiology of HIV Among Young People in Sub-Saharan Africa: Know Your Local Epidemic and Its Implications for Prevention.
Napierala Mavedzenge, S. ; Olson, R. ; Doyle, A.M. ; Changalucha, J. ; Ross, D.A. ;
J Adolesc Health
HIV Prevention in Young People in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review.
Napierala Mavedzenge, S.M. ; Doyle, A.M. ; Ross, D.A. ;
J Adolesc Health
Long-Term Biological and Behavioural Impact of an Adolescent Sexual Health Intervention in Tanzania: Follow-up Survey of the Community-Based MEMA kwa Vijana Trial.
Doyle, A.M.; Ross, D.A.; Maganja, K.; Baisley, K.; Masesa, C.; Andreasen, A.; Plummer, M.L.; Obasi, A.I.; Weiss, H.A.; Kapiga, S.; Watson-Jones, D.; Changalucha, J.; Hayes, R.J.; for the MEMA kwa Vijana Trial Study Group, .;
PLoS Med
See all Dr Aoife Doyle's Publications