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Professor Helen Weiss

MSc DPhil

Professor
of Epidemiology and Director of the MRC Tropical Epidemiology Group

Room
Room 112

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

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. 

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Centres

Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Global Mental Health

Teaching

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.

Research

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. 

Research Area
Clinical trials
Complex interventions
Sexual health
Statistical methods
Systematic reviews
Adolescent health
Alcohol
Evaluation
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Randomised controlled trials
Discipline
Epidemiology
Statistics
Disease and Health Conditions
Addiction
Eye diseases
Herpesviruses
HIV/AIDS
Infectious disease
Mental health
Sexually transmitted disease
Trachoma
Cervical cancer
Sexually transmitted infection
Country
Burkina Faso
India
Qatar
Tanzania
Uganda
South Africa
Zimbabwe
Region
Least developed countries: UN classification
Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Menstrual health and school absenteeism among adolescent girls in Uganda (MENISCUS): a feasibility study.
Miiro, G. ; Rutakumwa, R. ; Nakiyingi-Miiro, J. ; Nakuya, K. ; Musoke, S. ; Namakula, J. ; Francis, S. ; Torondel, B. ; Gibson, L.J. ; Ross, D.A. ; Weiss, H.A. ;
2018
BMC Womens Health
Smartphone-based screening for visual impairment in Kenyan school children: a cluster randomised controlled trial.
Rono, H.K. ; Bastawrous, A. ; Macleod, D. ; Wanjala, E. ; DiTanna, G. ; Weiss, H.A. ; Burton, M.J. ;
2018
Lancet Glob Health
Increasing voluntary medical male circumcision uptake among adult men in Tanzania.
Wambura, M. ; Mahler, H. ; Grund, J.M. ; Larke, N. ; Mshana, G. ; Kuringe, E. ; Plotkin, M. ; Lija, G. ; Makokha, M. ; Terris-Prestholt, F. ; Hayes, R.J. ; Changalucha, J. ; Weiss, H.A. ; VMMC-Tanzania Study Group, . ;
2017
AIDS
Sustained effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Counselling for Alcohol Problems, a brief psychological treatment for harmful drinking in men, delivered by lay counsellors in primary care: 12-month follow-up of a randomised controlled trial.
Nadkarni, A. ; Weiss, H.A. ; Weobong, B. ; McDaid, D. ; Singla, D.R. ; Park, A.L. ; Bhat, B. ; Katti, B. ; McCambridge, J. ; Murthy, P. ; King, M. ; Wilson, G.T. ; Kirkwood, B. ; Fairburn, C.G. ; Velleman, R. ; Patel, V. ;
2017
PLoS Med
The effect of community-based support for caregivers on the risk of virological failure in children and adolescents with HIV in Harare, Zimbabwe (ZENITH): an open-label, randomised controlled trial.
Ferrand, R.A. ; Simms, V. ; Dauya, E. ; Bandason, T. ; Mchugh, G. ; Mujuru, H. ; Chonzi, P. ; Busza, J. ; Kranzer, K. ; Munyati, S. ; Weiss, H.A. ; Hayes, R.J. ;
2017
Lancet Child Adolesc Health
The Healthy Activity Program (HAP), a lay counsellor-delivered brief psychological treatment for severe depression, in primary care in India: a randomised controlled trial.
Patel, V.; Weobong, B.; Weiss, H.A.; Anand, A.; Bhat, B.; Katti, B.; Dimidjian, S.; Araya, R.; Hollon, S.D.; King, M.; Vijayakumar, L.; Park, A.L.; McDaid, D.; Wilson, T.; Velleman, R.; Kirkwood, B.R.; Fairburn, C.G.;
2016
Lancet
Effect of a Primary Care-Based Psychological Intervention on Symptoms of Common Mental Disorders in Zimbabwe: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
Chibanda, D. ; Weiss, H.A. ; Verhey, R. ; Simms, V. ; Munjoma, R. ; Rusakaniko, S. ; Chingono, A. ; Munetsi, E. ; Bere, T. ; Manda, E. ; Abas, M. ; Araya, R. ;
2016
JAMA
See all Professor Helen Weiss's Publications