Ms Emily Humphreys

Research Student - MPhil/PhD - Epidemiology & Population Health

United Kingdom

I am a part-time PhD student and part-time Consultant in Public Health in a London local authority, with interests in mental health, health inequalities and the social and structural determinants of health. I have worked in the voluntary sector, NHS, UK Health Security Agency and in local and regional government. I am particularly interested in how local, regional and national government policies can mitigate or exacerbate inequalities in mental health outcomes. I joined LSHTM as a research student in September 2021.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and International Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


My research focuses on the impact of changes to maternity and paternity leave policy on mental health outcomes for parents. Applying quasi-experimental methods to evaluate a series of policy changes from the UK, my research will build a quantitative evidence base about the mental health effects of access to paid and job protected leave for new parents.

My PhD supervisors are Veronique Filippi and Stephen O'Neill at LSHTM, and Emilie Courtin at the London School of Economics.
Research Area
Social epidemiology
Impact evaluation
Social policy
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
United Kingdom

Selected Publications

Reviewing essential public health functions in the Eastern Mediterranean Region post COVID-19 pandemic: a foundation for system resilience.
Mohamed-Ahmed, O; Aboutaleb, H; Latif, S; Watson, HL; Handley, R; HUMPHREYS, E; Gedik, FG; De Sa, J; Zhang, Y; Bhatia, T; DAR, O; Saikat, S; Squires, N; Mataria, A;
BMJ global health
Non-communicable diseases, injuries, and mental ill-health in Africa: the role of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
Mohammed, A; Putnis, N; Kakunze, A; Riches, SP; HUMPHREYS, E; EATON, J; Bhatia, T; DAR, O; Raji, T; Walker, IF; Ogwell, A;
The Lancet. Global health
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