My PhD focuses on the links between HIV, mental health, and quality of life in sub-Saharan Africa.
Using data from a long-running cohort study in Manicaland, Zimbabwe, I am examining associations between depression, HIV transmission and HIV care outcomes. I will use my results to inform mathematical modelling of the impact of a problem-solving therapy for depression on the HIV epidemic in Manicaland.
As well as analyses focusing on Zimbabwe, I have also used quantitative data from a large cluster randomised trial in South Africa and Zambia (HPTN 071: PopART) to explore the effect of universal test and treat policies on quality of life among people living with HIV.
This work is under the supervision of Dr Katharina Hauck, Professor Simon Gregson, and Dr Michael Pickles.
My other current work involves analysing data related to hypertension among people living with HIV. Through a comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis, and assessment of data from the Manicaland cohort study, I am exploring whether people living with HIV experience a higher burden of hypertension. This project is under the supervision of Professor Simon Gregson and Dr Mikaela Smit.
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et al., 2022, When internships disappoint., Science, Vol:378, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:22-24
et al., 2022, The effect of universal testing and treatment for HIV on health-related quality of life - data from the HPTN 071 (PopART) cluster randomised trial in Zambia and South Africa, AIDS 2022, International AIDS Society, ISSN:1758-2652
et al., 2022, Association between psychological distress and later reports of hypertension amongst adults in East Zimbabwe, 31st European Meeting on Hypertension and Cardiovascular Protection (ESH 2022), Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Pages:e213-e213, ISSN:0263-6352
et al., Associations between HIV stigma and health-related quality of life among people living with HIV in Zambia and South Africa: Cross-sectional analysis of data from the HPTN071 (PopART) study, AIDS 2022