BSc BA MSc PhD
I graduated from the University of New South Wales in Australia in 1999 with a BSc in Mathematics and a BA in French, and then worked for three years with a medical NGO in both Africa and Asia, coordinating TB, HIV and malaria projects.
I came to LSHTM in 2002 for the MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries, and subsequently stayed at the School to work on the development of polio vaccination policies through a collaborative project with the World Health Organisation. Following this, I undertook my PhD to investigate access to HIV care and antiretroviral therapy among HIV-positive adults in rural Tanzania. This research used quantitative and qualitative methods and took place within the context of a long-term population-level HIV cohort study that has been monitoring the dynamics of HIV infection since 1994.
Since completing my PhD in 2007, I have been workng with the ALPHA network (http://alpha.lshtm.ac.uk/), and held a Medical Research Council fellowship in Population Health Science between 2010-2017.
I am currently a tutor for the distance-learning MSc in Epidemiology and I co-organise the module on Demographic Methods as well as teaching on Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases (EPM301) and Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health (EPM102). I am also a tutor for students from the MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research.
I am currently csupervising three PhD students who are working on the social factors influencing uptake of "test and treat" strategies in Swaziland, on the reproductive and sexual health needs of HIV-infected adolescent girls in Zambia, and on retention in HIV care among pregnant and breastfeeding women in rural South Africa.
My research has focused on exploring the role of individual, social and community factors in access to HIV and reproductive and sexual health services, using quantitative and qualitative research methods. I have also worked on studies investigating the impact of using HIV testing and treatment services on sexual behaviour, fertility intentions, HIV incidence and mortality. .
I am currently involved in several different research projects with ALPHA investigating the delivery, uptake and impact of HIV and reproductive and sexual health services in sub-Saharan Africa. I recently led a multi-country qualitative study across 7 African Demographic Surveillance System sites to investigate “bottlenecks” in effective pathways to HIV care for people living with HIV/AIDS. I am also coordinating analyses exploring HIV policy implementation in several African countries and its influence on HIV-related mortality.
I am currently Principal Investigator for a Health Systems Research Initiative grant to investigate health systems impacts of Option B+ and universal test and treat for HIV.
I am also currently PI for two studies investigating i) antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence and treatment outcomes among adolescents and ii) patients on second- and third-line ART in Malawi and Kenya.
More recently, I have become involved in a mixed methods study investigating access to reproductive and sexual health services by Syrian refugees in Turkey and Europe. Other research interests include evaluations of maternal, and sexual and reproductive health interventions including those for pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV, self-testing for HIV and differentiated service delivery for HIV in African settings.