Sir Henry Dale Senior Research Fellow, University College London
I am a Sir Henry Dale Senior Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Health (IGH) at University College London.
My research focuses on the social determinants of infectious diseases, mainly on HIV and mainly in sub-Saharan-Africa. I work increasingly on the impact of social networks on behaviour and health outcomes.
I have a side interest in methods to either improve data collection or account for imperfect data collection during analysis.
I was previously a postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,
where I worked with Till Bärnighausen,
Jukka-Pekka Onnela and
Victor De Gruttola.
I completed a doctoral degree in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2013.
I am also affilliated with Africa Health Research Institute (previously K-RITH and Africa Centre for Population Health) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
As part of my ongoing work with the HAALSI cohort I am now additionally affiliated with the MRC/Wits Agincourt Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit.
I remain affiliated with the Harvard Chan School, specifically with the Department of Epidemiology and the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.
- This website includes my current CV and an annotated listing of my publications.
This latter includes legal, full-text versions of almost everything I have published.
- I maintain an infrequently updated blog.
Historically this focused on recent publications at the intersection of sexually transmitted infections and social epidemiology.
Between 2014 and 2016 it covered research relating to the West African Ebola outbreak. Ebola posts are specifically tagged.
- The site also includes a (infrequently updated) outline of my past and present research projects and a brief professional history.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I will be presenting on the associations bewteen social influences and sexual behaviours among young South African adults
at Sunbelt 2019 in Montréal in late June.
I am also hosting a session on Social Support and Health during the same meeting - it runs most of Thursday I believe.
Both our PAA papers are now available for your reading pleasure; any comments would be very welcome.
Social engagement and cognitive health: a population-based study of older men and women in rural South Africa
is a PAA award winning (!) poster
and the working paper is available on SocArXiv.
And A new method for recording responses to questions about traumatic sexual life events: evidence of the use of the Non-Verbal Response Card method in a survey of adolescents in rural Burkina Faso
working paper is on the PAA program website.
I will be presenting two projects at the upcoming PAA conference in Austin TX.
I will be making an oral presentation on whether non-verbal response cards got young people to respond more truthfully to questions about sexual behaviour.
And I will be presenting a poster (from 8-9:30 on Friday morning!) on work from the HAALSI cohort on how social networks and cognition are associated amongst middle-aged and older adults.
Related papers will be forthcoming...
I am delighted to announce that I have been awarded a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society .
The award is for work entitled Using social networks to understand and intervene on HIV epidemic spread , will start in the near future and run for five years initially.
The work will be conducted at University College London in the UK and AHRI in South Africa.
I also gave an oral presentation on work led by my colleagues Catherine Oldenburg and Jacob Bor.
The studies used Regression Discontinuity designs to show the impact of ART on both mortality and CD4 counts (up to 4 years later) and on HIV incidence amongst household members.
A video of the 10 minute talk is now on Youtube; the presentation was coverd in a MedPage Today article.
I will be presenting a poster of the application of Heckman-style bivariate selection models to South African national HIV survey data, at the AIDS conference in Durban in July.
It sounds very dry, but represents an important step forward in accounting for interviewees who decline HIV tests in systematic but hard to measure ways.
The poster is available here.
I gave a presentation on the effects of fieldworkers and learning effects on network survey data at the SunBelt conference in Long Beach, CA in April.
TL;DR: always check to see how your responses are changing as fieldwork progresses.
The slides from the presentation are available here.
I have been accepted to give a presentation on work relating to edge-truncation in network surveys at the SunBelt conference in Brighton, UK this June.
The slides from the presentation are available here.
I will be presenting a poster of our paper on validating partner age-reports in South Africa, at the PAA conference in San Diego at the end of April.
The poster is available here. The paper is now published.
I will be presenting preliminary results of a paper entitled The interplay of own and partner's education on HIV risk in sub-Saharan Africa as a poster at the 2014 SER conference in Seattle later this month.
This paper is now published.
My final dissertation paper, Age-Disparate Relationships and HIV Incidence amongst Rural South Africa Women, is now published online at JAIDS. It contains a lot more discussion of the findings than was possible in my earlier oral presentation at CROI. And there's a really nice write-up of it over at Scientific American's blog.
The webcast of my CROI presentation is now available.
The presentation has received coverage from the scientific press at aidsmap, Science Speaks,
And also from the more general press at Ground Up, the Times and Durban's Sunday Tribune.
Our paper entitled Age-Disparate Relationships and HIV Incidence amongst Rural South Africa Women has been accepted for an oral presentation at CROI 2014, which will be held in Boston in the first week of March 2014. This work formed part of my doctoral dissertation.
It's taken a few years(!), but A spatial analysis of social and economic determinants of tuberculosis in Brazil, a paper that began life as a class exercise has been accepted for publication at Health and Place. If you like maps, especially of Brazilian municipalities, you'll love this. Also if you're interested in the social determinants of TB.
My dissertation paper entitled Socioeconomic disparities in Sexually Transmitted Infections among young adults in the United States: examining the interaction between income and race/ethnicity has been accepted for publication in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases. The paper is now available.
Our abstract entitled School income inequality and sexually transmitted infections in the United States has been accepted for a poster presentation at the Annual SER Meeting. More details on this project are available here.
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