Prof Bayard Roberts

Professor of Health Systems & Policy

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

I am mixed-methods researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) working on the health determinants, systems and policies in transitional settings, particularly those affected by armed conflict and forced migration. This has focused principally on mental health and non-communicable diseases. I have worked on studies with conflict-affected populations in Lebanon, Ukraine, Georgia, northern Uganda, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. As Principal Investigator, I have received over £16 million in research funding from funders including the Wellcome Trust, GCRF/UKRI, ESRC, European Commission, DFID, and USAID.

I was Editor-in-Chief of the BMC journal Conflict and Health from 2011 to 2021, and I am on the Editorial Board of Refugee Survey Quarterly. I was the Guest Editor for the journal of Migration and Health’s series in internal displacement and health (2021-2022), and Guest Editor for the Lancet series on public health in humanitarian crises (2017). I was a funding panel member of the R2HC humanitarian health research funding scheme (2016 to 2022). I am on the Board of Directors for the NGO the International Alliance for Diabetes Action (IADA).


Department of Health Services Research and Policy
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Centre for Global Chronic Conditions
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


I co-organise the module 'Management and Evaluation of Public Health Projects in Humanitarian Crises' for our new Distance Learning MSc on 'Public Health in Humanitarian Crises'. My other teaching activities include lecturing on the Conflict and Health module and the Diploma in Tropical Nursing, and supervising PhD and MSc students.


My current research focuses mainly on mental health and armed conflict. This is primarily through two main projects. The first is the CHANGE project which is developing and evaluating a mental health and harmful alcohol use intervention for refugees in Uganda and conflict-affected persons in Ukraine. The second is the GOAL study which examines health governance and financing for supporting mental health responses for Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese in Lebanon. I am also involved in a number of other projects, including the Afya Consortium project supporting health responses to humanitarian crises in Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Research Area
Health systems
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Non-communicable diseases
Chronic diseases

Selected Publications

Quality of mental health questionnaires in conflict-affected adult populations in low and middle income countries: A systematic review.
Christy, S; Siriwardhana, C; LOHMANN, J; ROBERTS, B; SMITH, S;
Journal of migration and health
MSF experiences of providing multidisciplinary primary level NCD care for Syrian refugees and the host population in Jordan: an implementation study guided by the RE-AIM framework.
ANSBRO, É; Homan, T; Qasem, J; Bil, K; Rasoul Tarawneh, M; ROBERTS, B; PEREL, P; Jobanputra, K;
BMC health services research
Models of care for patients with hypertension and diabetes in humanitarian crises: a systematic review.
Jaung, MS; WILLIS, R; Sharma, P; Aebischer Perone, S; Frederiksen, S; Truppa, C; ROBERTS, B; PEREL, P; Blanchet, K; ANSBRO, É;
Health Policy and Planning
Problem Management Plus and Alcohol (PM+A): A New Intervention to Address Alcohol Misuse and Psychological Distress Among Conflict-Affected Populations
FUHR, D; Bogdanov, S; Tol, W; NADKARNI, A; ROBERTS, B;
Intervention - Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas
Participation by conflict-affected and forcibly displaced communities in humanitarian healthcare responses: A systematic review.
Rass, E; LOKOT, M; Brown, FL; FUHR, DC; Asmar, MK; SMITH, J; MCKEE, M; Orm, IB; Yeretzian, JS; ROBERTS, B;
Journal of Migration and Health
Post-traumatic growth and its predictors among Syrian refugees in Istanbul: A mental health population survey.
WEN, K; McGrath, M; Acarturk, C; Ilkkursun, Z; FUHR, DC; Sondorp, E; Cuijpers, P; Sijbrandij, M; ROBERTS, B; STRENGTHS consortium,;
Journal of Migration and Health
Planning the scale up of brief psychological interventions using theory of change.
FUHR, DC; Acarturk, C; Sijbrandij, M; Brown, FL; Jordans, MJ D; Woodward, A; McGrath, M; Sondorp, E; Ventevogel, P; Ikkursun, Z; El Chammay, R; Cuijpers, P; ROBERTS, B;
BMC Health Services Research
Management of diabetes and associated costs in a complex humanitarian setting in the Democratic Republic of Congo: a retrospective cohort study.
ANSBRO, ÉM; Biringanine, M; Caleo, G; PRIETO-MERINO, D; SADIQUE, Z; PEREL, P; Jobanputra, K; ROBERTS, B;
BMJ open
A narrative review of health research capacity strengthening in low and middle-income countries: lessons for conflict-affected areas
Bowsher, G; Papamichail, A; El Achi, N; Ekzayez, A; ROBERTS, B; Sullivan, R; Patel, P;
Globalization and Health
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