Luissa Vahedi

PhD Student Public Health Sciences

  • MSc Epidemiology, Queen’s University
  • BHSc Health Science, Western University

Research Interests

  • Social Epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Gender
  • Violence

Brief Bio


I came to the Brown School from Queen’s University in Canada, where I pursued a Master of Science in Epidemiology. Through training in Epidemiology, I gained a skillset in population-based quantitative health research methods. My research applies the frameworks and methods of social epidemiology to the study of gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health in fragile settings.

Conflict, displacement, natural disasters, and weak governance structures characterize fragile settings, where women and girls face specific risk factors for gender-based violence and adverse sexual and reproductive health. However fragility can also experienced at more regional levels and among so-called “hidden” populations, even in high income countries. I address with both aspects of fragility, national and regional, in my work.

I have been engaging with and leading research projects that further develop methods of data collection and analysis in fragile settings for the purpose of rapid and rigorous evidence generation. I am passionate about identifying research and policy areas where qualitative methods and epidemiology can intersect to deepen the understanding of how gender based violence impacts multiple areas of health and wellbeing, from cellular to societal levels.

Since 2020, I have been investigating how the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the landscape for gender-based violence prevention, response, and mitigation as well as sexual and reproductive health care, both nationally and internationally. I look forward to collaborating with Dr. Lindsay Stark and Kim Thuy Seelinger.


Measurement of sensitive data

Gender Based Violence and COVID-19

Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Gender-Based Violence

Violence Against Children and Youth

Field Work Photos