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Dr Annabelle Gourlay

MSc PhD

Assistant Professor
in Epidemiology and Impact Evaluation

Room
147

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

My undergraduate and first Masters degree was in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford, which I completed in 2002.  I subsequently worked for a healthcare market research agency monitoring antiretroviral treatment usage in the USA, Europe and Latin America.  In 2008 I spent several months working in the Gambia and Guinea Bissau with the Medical Research Council on an HIV cohort study of HIV-2 infected individuals.  I completed the MSc in Epidemiology at the LSHTM in 2010, then went on to conduct my PhD research through the School, being awarded my PhD in 2015. Following my PhD, I spent three years at University College London working as a Research Fellow, and now work in the Department of Population Health at LSHTM.

Affiliations

Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Centres

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

Teaching

During my PhD, I worked as a graduate teaching assistant the LSHTM and taught on several in-house Epidemiology Masters courses including Basic Epidemiology, Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (STEPH), and distance-learning courses in Statistics with Computing (EP102) and Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases (EP301). 

I have been a module co-organiser for the EPM301 distance-learning course since 2013, having continued this role externally throughout my time at UCL; I continue with this role to-date. I also teach on STEPH and Advanced Statistical Methods in Epidemiology. I am currently completing PGCilt training in Higher Education. 

 

Research

In 2014 I completed a PhD focussing on the uptake of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services in a rural area of north-western Tanzania (Kisesa, Mwanza) using a mixed-methods approach. I undertook a qualitative study on barriers to uptake of PMTCT services in the study area in 2012.  The quantitative component used clinical records from Kisesa health facilities linked to data from the Kisesa HIV Open Cohort study to ascertain population-level PMTCT service use among HIV-positive pregnant women living in Kisesa.  

At University College London I carried out research on HIV in a European context, primarily focussed on monitoring of the continuum of HIV care across a number of European countries, in collaboration with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). I also carried out mixed methods research in the UK, including qualitative exploration of the social context related to recently-acquired HIV infection among MSM, and managing the UK Register of HIV Seroconverters cohort study.

Since returning to the LSHTM, I have been working on the evaluation of DREAMS: a partnership to reduce new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa.

Research Area
Health services research
Maternal health
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Systematic reviews
Adolescent health
Impact evaluation
Mixed methods
Implementation research
Qualitative methods
Discipline
Epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Sexually transmitted disease
Country
United Kingdom
The Gambia
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Tanzania
Region
Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
European Union
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Impact of the DREAMS Partnership on social support and general self-efficacy among adolescent girls and young women: causal analysis of population-based cohorts in Kenya and South Africa.
Gourlay A; Floyd S; Magut F; Mulwa S; Mthiyane N; Wambiya E; Otieno M; Kamire V; Osindo J; Chimbindi N
2022
BMJ Global Health
Evaluating the impact of DREAMS on HIV incidence among adolescent girls and young women: A population-based cohort study in Kenya and South Africa.
Birdthistle I; Kwaro D; Shahmanesh M; Baisley K; Khagayi S; Chimbindi N; Kamire V; Mthiyane N; Gourlay A; Dreyer J
2021
PLoS medicine
Awareness and uptake of the DREAMS HIV prevention package over time among population-based cohorts of young women in Kenya and South Africa
Gourlay A; Birdthistle I; Mulwa S; Mthiyane NT; Magut F; Chimbindi N; Ziraba A; Otieno M; Kwaro D; Osindo J
2021
AIDS
Impact of the DREAMS interventions on educational attainment among adolescent girls and young women: Causal analysis of a prospective cohort in urban Kenya.
Mulwa S; Chimoyi L; Agbla S; Osindo J; Wambiya EO; Gourlay A; Birdthistle I; Ziraba A; Floyd S
2021
PLoS One
Awareness and uptake of the DREAMS HIV prevention package over time among population-based cohorts of young women in Kenya and South Africa
Gourlay A; Birdthistle I; Mulwa S; Mthiyane NT; Magut F; Chimbindi N; Ziraba A; Otieno M; Kwaro D; Osindo J
2020
Uptake of the DREAMS intervention package for HIV prevention among girls in early adolescence: Findings from an impact evaluation in urban Kenya
Mulwa S; Osindo J; Wambiya EO; Gourlay A; Maina B; Orindi BO; Floyd S; Ziraba A; Birdthistle I
2020
Awareness and uptake of layered HIV prevention programming for young women: analysis of population-based surveys in three DREAMS settings in Kenya and South Africa.
Gourlay A; Birdthistle I; Mthiyane NT; Orindi BO; Muuo S; Kwaro D; Shahmanesh M; Baisley K; Ziraba A; Floyd S
2019
BMC Public Health
Non-disclosure of HIV testing history in population-based surveys: implications for estimating a UNAIDS 90-90-90 target
Rentsch CT; Reniers G; Machemba R; Slaymaker E; Marston M; Wringe A; Eaton JW; Gourlay A; Rice B; Kabudula CW
2018
GLOBAL HEALTH ACTION
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