Dr Aoife Doyle

BSc MPhil PhD

Associate 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, Sudan, and Zimbabwe. 


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


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


Aoife co-organises a short course on Adolescent Health in Low and Middle Income Countries and teaches on 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 addresses the broad health needs of adolescent populations including improving access to health services, the intersection between education and health, engagement of adolescents in the research process, and exploring the potential of digital interventions.

Aoife's current research includes:

  • 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
  • Study of technology and mobile phone use among adolescents in Zimbabwe focusing on the implications for digital health interventions
  • Crowdsourcing with adolescents in Senegal to address social norms limiting their access to sexual and reproductive health services
  • Y-CHECK: a WHO-coordinated multi-country study of adolescent health check-ups in LMICs
  • PRIDE randomised controlled trial of a low-intensity, lay counsellor-delivered, problem-solving intervention for common mental health problems in school-based adolescents in New Dehli, India



Research Area
Complex interventions
Health outcomes
Health services research
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Global Health
Health services
Impact evaluation
International comparisons
Mobile technologies
Implementation research
Reproductive health
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Mental health
Non-communicable diseases
Sexually transmitted infection
South Africa
Least developed countries: UN classification
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Sexuality, fertility and family planning characteristics of married women aged 15 to 19 years in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania: a comparative analysis of cross-sectional data.
Atchison CJ; Cresswell JA; Kapiga S; Nsanya MK; Crawford EE; Mussa M; Bottomley C; Hargreaves JR; Doyle AM
Reproductive health
Primary healthcare and school health service utilisation by adolescents and young adults in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Doyle AM; Mchunu L; Koole O; Mthembu S; Dlamini S; Ngwenya N; Ferguson J; Seeley J
BMC Health Services Research
Challenges and opportunities in evaluating programmes incorporating human-centred design: lessons learnt from the evaluation of Adolescents 360
Doyle AM; Mulhern E; Rosen J; Appleford G; Atchison C; Bottomley C; Hargreaves JR; Weinberger M
Gates Open Research
Exploring adolescents and young people's candidacy for utilising health services in a rural district, South Africa.
Nkosi B; Seeley J; Ngwenya N; Mchunu SL; Gumede D; Ferguson J; Doyle AM
BMC health services research
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 AM; Floyd S; Baisley K; Orindi B; Kwaro D; Mthiyane TN; Muuo S; Shahmanesh M; Ziraba A; Birdthistle I
PloS one
The sexual behaviour of adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa: patterns and trends from national surveys.
Doyle AM; Mavedzenge SN; Plummer ML; Ross DA
Tropical medicine & international 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 AM; Ross DA; Maganja K; Baisley K; Masesa C; Andreasen A; Plummer ML; Obasi AIN; Weiss HA; Kapiga S
PLoS medicine
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