My research explores issues related to mental health and violence affecting young people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In particular, I focus on implementation research, exploring how programmes and policies operate in practice.
I completed my PhD at the Violence Research Centre, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, focusing on the implementation of the parenting programme Sinovuyo Teen within a randomised controlled trial in South Africa. Sinovuyo Teen is a part of the Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) Initiative. PLH is a collaboration between the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and academics to provide evidence-based non-commercialised child violence prevention programmes for LMICs. The PLH programmes are currently being scaled up in over 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. I am currently working with the PLH team and implementation partners on designing approaches to studying programme delivery and effectiveness at scale (Parenting for Lifelong Health Scale-Up of Parenting Evaluation Research Study).
I am also working with Prof Lucie Cluver, Dr. Elona Toska and the Young Carers research group on the longitudinal study called Mzantsi Wakho (http://www.youngcarers.org.za/youthpulse), conducted in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, to examine factors related to wellbeing of adolescents. I have also recently joined the Board of the Global Implementation Society.
Previously, I worked at RAND Europe, setting up and conducting evaluations of school-based programmes, and at the University of Cambridge, looking at risk factor for violence among young people in LMICs. I also hold degrees from the University of Oxford (MPhil in Evidence Based Social Intervention, with distinction) and the American University in Bulgaria (BA in Political Science and International Relations; Journalism and Mass Communications).