Luissa Vahedi

PhD Student Public Health Sciences

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

Research Interests

  • Social Epidemiology
  • Global Health
  • Gender

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 interests lie in applying 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. I am interested in further developing methods of data collection and analysis in fragile settings for the purpose of rapid and rigorous evidence generation. I am also interested in exploring where qualitative methods and epidemiology can intersect to deepen of understanding of complex social phenomenon in hidden populations.

I am interested in further exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the landscape for gender-based violence prevention 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.


Syndemics: Gender Based Violence and COVID-19

Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti

Gender-Based Violence

Sexual and Reproductive Health

Field Work Photos