Dr Barbara Willey


Assistant Professor
in Epidemiology


Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 (0)2072994801

Barbara is an epidemiologist, based within the Tropical Epidemiology Group, with research interests in: newborn health; malaria control; health systems research; and, delivery and evaluation of complex interventions. 

She is a member of the Centre for Evaluation and a co-lead for the Centre’s Quantifying Impact theme.

Following a BA in Human Sciences at Oxford, she completed an MSc in Epidemiology at LSHTM (2002). Her doctorate investigated the association between household measures of socio-economic status and child malnutrition in children from Soweto, South Africa.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Centre for Evaluation
Malaria Centre
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


Barbara is a module co-organiser for one of the LSHTM's largest modules- Basic Epidemiology.

She is also a tutor for students on MSc Epidemiology and MSc Public Health for Development, and teaches on a number of epidemiology and statistics modules, as well as Epidemiology and Control of Malaria.


Barbara works on impact evaluation of complex interventions to improve health service delivery in low income settings, with a focus on maternal and newborn health.

This has included quality improvement interventions in Tanzania and Uganda, and more recently delivering life-saving interventions to mothers and newborns at scale in Gombe State, north eastern Nigeria (

Previously Barbara has worked on Phase 1 of the Affordable Medicines Facility- malaria (AMFm)-  a multi-country assessment of an initiative by The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria to improve access to affordable quality malaria treatment.


Research Area
Child health
Complex interventions
Health systems
Maternal health
Quality improvement
Systematic reviews
Impact evaluation
Neonatal health
Disease and Health Conditions
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Measuring implementation strength: lessons from the evaluation of public health strategies in low- and middle-income settings.
Hargreaves, J.R.; Goodman, C.; Davey, C.; Willey, B.A.; Avan, B.I.; Schellenberg, J.R.;
Health Policy Plan
Mortality risk in preterm and small-for-gestational-age infants in low-income and middle-income countries: a pooled country analysis.
Katz, J.; Lee, A.C.; Kozuki, N.; Lawn, J.E.; Cousens, S.; Blencowe, H.; Ezzati, M.; Bhutta, Z.A.; Marchant, T.; Willey, B.A.; Adair, L.; Barros, F.; Baqui, A.H.; Christian, P.; Fawzi, W.; Gonzalez, R.; Humphrey, J.; Huybregts, L.; Kolsteren, P.; Mongkolchati, A.; Mullany, L.C.; Ndyomugyenyi, R.; Nien, J.K.; Osrin, D.; Roberfroid, D.; Sania, A.; Schmiegelow, C.; Silveira, M.F.; Tielsch, J.; Vaidya, A.; Velaphi, S.C.; Victora, C.G.; Watson-Jones, D.; Black, R.E.; CHERG Small-for-Gestational-Age-Preterm Birth Working Group, .;
Socioeconomic development as an intervention against malaria: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Tusting, L.S.; Willey, B.; Lucas, H.; Thompson, J.; Kafy, H.T.; Smith, R.; Lindsay, S.W.;
Newborn care behaviours and neonatal survival: evidence from sub-Saharan Africa.
Penfold, S.; Willey, B.A.; Schellenberg, J.;
Trop Med Int Health
Neonatal mortality risk associated with preterm birth in East Africa, adjusted by weight for gestational age: individual participant level meta-analysis.
Marchant, T.; Willey, B.; Katz, J.; Clarke, S.; Kariuki, S.; ter Kuile, F.; Lusingu, J.; Ndyomugyenyi, R.; Schmiegelow, C.; Watson-Jones, D.; Armstrong Schellenberg, J.;
PLoS Med
Strategies for delivering insecticide-treated nets at scale for malaria control: a systematic review.
Willey, B.A. ; Paintain, L.S. ; Mangham, L. ; Car, J. ; Schellenberg, J.A. ;
Bull World Health Organ
Effect of the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm) on the availability, price, and market share of quality-assured artemisinin-based combination therapies in seven countries: a before-and-after analysis of outlet survey data.
Tougher, S.; ACTwatch Group (inc; Palafox, B.;) Ye, Y.; Amuasi, J.H.; Kourgueni, I.A.; Thomson, R.; Goodman, C.; Mann, A.G.; Ren, R.; Willey, B.A.; Adegoke, C.A.; Amin, A.; Ansong, D.; Bruxvoort, K.; Diallo, D.A.; Diap, G.; Festo, C.; Johanes, B.; Juma, E.; Kalolella, A.; Malam, O.; Mberu, B.; Ndiaye, S.; Nguah, S.B.; Seydou, M.; Taylor, M.; Rueda, S.T.; Wamukoya, M.; Arnold, F.; Hanson, K.;
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