PhD Student Public Health Sciences
- MSc Epidemiology, Queen’s University
- BHSc Health Science, Western University
- Social Epidemiology
- Global Health
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
- Vahedi, L., Qushua, N., Seff, I., Doering, M., Stoll, C., Bartels, S. A., & Stark, L. (2022). Methodological and Ethical Implications of Using Remote Data Collection Tools to Measure Sexual and Reproductive Health and Gender-Based Violence Outcomes among Women and Girls in Humanitarian and Fragile Settings: A Mixed Methods Systematic Review of Peer-Reviewed Research. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. https://doi.org/10.1177/15248380221097439
- Seff I, Vahedi L, McNelly S, et al. (2021). Remote evaluations of violence against women and girls interventions: a rapid scoping review of tools, ethics and safety. BMJ Global Health 2021;6:e006780.
Gender Based Violence and COVID-19
- Vahedi, L., Seff, I., Olaya Rodriguez, D., McNelly, S., Interiano Perez, A. I., Erskine, D., … & Stark, L. (2022). “At the Root of COVID Grew a More Complicated Situation”: A Qualitative Analysis of the Guatemalan Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response System during the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(17), 10998.
- Asi, Y.M., Bebasari, P., Hardy, E., Lokot, M., Meagher, K., Ogbe, E., Ateeb, AP., Sharma, V., Standley, C., Vahedi, L . Assessing gender responsiveness of COVID-19 response plans for populations in conflict-affected humanitarian emergencies. Confl Health 16, 4 (2022).
- Meinhart, M., Vahedi, L., Carter, S.E. et al. Gender-based violence and infectious disease in humanitarian settings: lessons learned from Ebola, Zika, and COVID-19 to inform syndemic policy making. Confl Health 15, 84 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13031-021-00419-9
- Vahedi L, Anania J, Kelly J. (2021) “Gender Based Violence and COVID-19 in Fragile Settings: A Syndemic Model”. Special Report: The United States Institutes of Peace
- Stark L, Meinhart M, Vahedi L, Carter S, Roesch E, Scott Moncrieff I, Mwanze Palaku P, Rossi F, Poulton C. (2020) “The syndemic of COVID-19 and Gender Based Violence in Humanitarian Settings: Leveraging Lessons from Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo”. BMJ Global Health. Accepted October 17th, 2020
Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
- Vahedi L, Stuart H, Etienne S, Wisner S, Lee S, Bartels SA. “It’s because We are ‘Loose Girls’ That’s why We had Children with MINUSTAH Soldiers”: A Qualitative Analysis of Stigma Experienced by Peacekeeper-Fathered Children and Their Mothers in Haiti. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. February 2022. doi:10.1177/08862605211072178
- Vahedi, L., Lee, S., Bartels, S. A. (2021). “Proactive and reactive responses to pregnancies resulting from sexual exploitation and abuse: An ecological model based on Haitian survivors’ experiences”. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.
- Vahedi, L., Stuart, H., Etienne, S., Lee, S., & Bartels, S. A. (2021). The Distribution and Consequences of Sexual Misconduct Perpetrated by Peacekeepers in Haiti: An Exploratory Cross-Sectional Analysis. Social Sciences, 10(7), 270
- Vahedi, L., Stuart, H., Etienne, S., Lee, S., & Bartels, S. A. (2021). Gender-Stratified Analysis of Haitian Perceptions Related to Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Perpetrated by UN Peacekeepers during MINUSTAH. Sexes, 2(2), 216-243.
- Vahedi L, Bartels SA, Lee S. (2020) “‘His Future will not be Bright’: A Qualitative Analysis of Mothers’ Lived Experiences Raising Peacekeeper-Fathered Children in Haiti”. Child and Youth Services Review. Accepted October 17th, 2020
- Vahedi, L., Bartels, S. A., & Lee, S. (2019). ‘Even peacekeepers expect something in return’: A qualitative analysis of sexual interactions between UN peacekeepers and female Haitians. Global Public Health, 1692, 1–14.
- Meinhart, M., Seff, I., Troy, K., McNelly, S., Vahedi, L., Poulton, C., & Stark, L. (2021). Identifying the impact of intimate partner violence in humanitarian settings: using an ecological framework to review 15 years of evidence. International journal of environmental research and public health, 18(13), 6963.
- Bartels, S. A., Michael, S., Vahedi, L., Collier, A., Kelly, J., Davison, C., Scott, J., Parmar, P., & Geara, P. (2019). SenseMaker® as a monitoring and evaluation tool to provide new insights on gender-based violence programs and services in Lebanon. Evaluation and Program Planning, 77, 1-13.