Professor Bayard Roberts


in Health Systems and Policy

Room 102

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2050

My research addresses the health determinants, policies and systems of countries experiencing major social change such as those affected by armed conflcit and forced migration. This research has focused particularly on chronic conditions of mental health and non-communicable diseases, and harmful health behaviours such as tobacco and harmful alcohol use.


Department of Health Services Research and Policy


Centre for Global Chronic Conditions
Centre for Global Mental Health
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre


I lecture on themes related to conflict and health, and currently superivise four PhD students.


I am the Principal Investigator of a number of projects. These include the RECAP project funded by GCRF/ESRC which seeks to strengthen accountability and decision-making in humanitarian crises. A second project  is GOAL, also funded by GCRF/ESRC, which seeks to support government and partners in health system strengthening for better mental health of Syrian refugees and host communities in Lebanon. I also support leading the Wellcome Trust/NIHR funded CHANGE study (led by Daniela Fuhr) which seeks to develop a transdiagnostic intervention addressing alchol misue and mental health comorbidities among conflict-affected populations in Uganda and Ukraine. I am also LSHTM PI/work package lead on the EC-funded STRENGTHS study (led by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) exploring the implementation and scaling-up  of a brief mental health interventions for Syrian refugees in countries neighboring Syria and in Europe.

Other projects I am working on include: reviewing models of care for diabetes in humanitarian crises; the GCRF-funded Drugs and Disorder project led by SOAS exploring the role of illicit drug economies in conflit-affected countries; and a project led by York University investigating the health consequences of the conflict in Colombia.

My previous research has included projects on: evaluating MSF's diabetes services in Democratic Republic of Congo and Jordan; mental health needs among internally displaced persons in Ukraine and Georgia, trends in health and harmful health behaviours in the former Soviet Union; developing and validating a new method to estimate mortality in conflict-affected and resource-poor settings; and the influence of armed conflict and forced migration on mental health in South Sudan and northern Uganda.

Funders for my research have included the Wellcome Trust, ESRC, DFID, GCRF, the European Commission, and AED/USAID.

I also jointly led the 2017 Lancet series on health in humanitarian crises with Francesco Checchi.

I am Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Conflict and Health.

Research Area
Health policy
Health systems
Social and structural determinants of health
Substance abuse
Global Health
Policy analysis
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Chronic disease
Mental health
Non-communicable diseases
Sierra Leone

Selected Publications

Using COVID-19 responses to help strengthen the mental health system in Lebanon.
El Chammay R; Roberts B
Psychological trauma : theory, research, practice and policy
Planning the scale up of brief psychological interventions using theory of change.
Fuhr DC; Acarturk C; Sijbrandij M; Brown FL; Jordans MJD; Woodward A; McGrath M; Sondorp E; Ventevogel P; Ikkursun Z
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
Treatment gap and mental health service use among Syrian refugees in Sultanbeyli, Istanbul: a cross-sectional survey.
Fuhr DC; Acarturk C; McGrath M; Ilkkursun Z; Sondorp E; Sijbrandij M; Ventevogel P; Cuijpers P; McKee M; Roberts B
Epidemiology and psychiatric sciences
The burden of diabetes and use of diabetes care in humanitarian crises in low-income and middle-income countries.
Kehlenbrink S; Smith J; Ansbro É; Fuhr DC; Cheung A; Ratnayake R; Boulle P; Jobanputra K; Perel P; Roberts B
Alcohol use among conflict-affected persons in Ukraine: risk factors, coping and access to mental health services.
Ramachandran A; Makhashvili N; Javakhishvili J; Karachevskyy A; Kharchenko N; Shpiker M; Ezard N; Fuhr DC; Roberts B
European Journal of Public Health
Scaling up mental health interventions in conflict zones.
Roberts B; Fuhr DC
The Lancet Public Health
Evidence on public health interventions in humanitarian crises.
Blanchet K; Ramesh A; Frison S; Warren E; Hossain M; Smith J; Knight A; Post N; Lewis C; Woodward A
Mental health care utilisation among internally displaced persons in Ukraine: results from a nation-wide survey.
Roberts B; Makhashvili N; Javakhishvili J; Karachevskyy A; Kharchenko N; Shpiker M; Richardson E
Epidemiology and psychiatric sciences
Coping strategies of internally displaced women in Georgia: A qualitative study.
Seguin M; Lewis R; Razmadze M; Amirejibi T; Roberts B
Social science & medicine (1982)
A comparison of DSM-5 and ICD-11 PTSD prevalence, comorbidity and disability: an analysis of the Ukrainian Internally Displaced Person's Mental Health Survey.
Shevlin M; Hyland P; Vallières F; Bisson J; Makhashvili N; Javakhishvili J; Shpiker M; Roberts B
Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica
A new method to estimate mortality in crisis-affected and resource-poor settings: validation study.
Roberts B; Morgan OW; Sultani MG; Nyasulu P; Rwebangila S; Myatt M; Sondorp E; Chandramohan D; Checchi F
International journal of epidemiology
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