Professor Helen Weiss
MSc DPhil FMedSci
of Epidemiology, Associate Dean of Research for EPH, and Director of the MRC International Statistics & 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 adolescent health, sexual health, HIV infection and mental health in low-income settings. She has collaborated on many observational and intervention studies, including recently studies of interventions to improve uptake of HIV 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 is Principal Investigator of the JGHT-funded MENISCUS trial to evaluate the impact of a school-based menstrual health intervention in Uganda, and is co-lead for the MARCH Centre Adolescent Theme and PI of ht. an