Roxanna Haghighat is a DPhil candidate in Social Intervention and a recipient of both the Clarendon Scholarship and the ESRC Advanced Quantitative Methods Studentship. Prior to this degree, she earned an MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she majored in Neurobiology with a minor in Film Studies. Roxanna is interested in bridging the worlds of medicine, public health, and social policy, in order to develop healthcare delivery systems that can most effectively and efficiently provide care for populations in resource-limited settings. Beginning in her undergraduate career, she has researched HIV/AIDS from a wide range of perspectives, including biomedical and clinical research. Through this research, she focused on a range of vulnerable populations, including men who have sex with men, prisoners, female sex workers, and adolescents. In 2014, she interned with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, working to transition management of services from the organisation to the Ethiopian government.
Roxanna’s doctoral research focuses on the effects of decentralising HIV care from hospitals to primary care clinics and centres on health outcomes for adolescents living with HIV in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Through this work, she has been working closely with an incredible team of researchers from the University of Oxford, University of Cape Town, and healthcare providers and fieldwork staff in the Eastern Cape. With this research, Roxanna hopes to provide recommendations for the South African government—and international health organisations—on optimising care in the decentralised model.