Professor Helen Weiss
of Epidemiology and Director of the MRC Tropical Epidemiology Group
Helen joined the School in 1997, and is a statistical epidemiologist in the MRC Tropical Epidemiology Group. Prior to coming to the School, Helen studied cancer epidemiology, having obtained her PhD at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in Oxford, followed by a post-doctoral position at the National Cancer Institute, USA.
Helen teaches epidemiology and statistics on several study units, and co-organises the Advanced Course in Epidemiological Analysis which runs each September, with Liz Allen and Clare Gilham.
Helen's research focuses on sexual health, HIV infection, global mental health and adolescent health. She has collaborated on many observational and intervention studies, including recently studies of interventions to improve uptake of testing, linkage-to-care and adherence particularly among young people in southern Africa. Work on mental health includes randomised trials to evaluate the effectiveness of lay health-worker delivered counselling interventions for depression, anxiety and alcohol use disorders.
Helen has a particular interest in adolescent health, including menstrual hygiene management as well as mental health and HIV, and is co-lead for the MARCH Centre Adolescent Theme.