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Dr Audrey Prost
Institute of Child Health UCL
30 Guilford Street
Tel: 020 7905 2839
  • Reader in Global Health
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Audrey obtained a BA in Anthropology and Ancient History from UCL in 1998, a maitrise  in Ethnologie from the Sorbonne (Paris V) in 1999 and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of London in 2003. Her PhD was published as book entitled 'Precious Pills: Medicine and Social Change among Tibetan refugees' in 2008. Audrey then obtained a Career Development Fellowship with the UK Medical Research Council's Social & Public Health Sciences Unit and trained in epidemiological research methods, sparking an interest in mixed-methods research. Audrey now works at UCL's Institute for Global Health and in close collaboration with the Indian civil society organisation Ekjut (http://www.ekjutindia.org). Together they have conducted two large cluster randomised controlled trials of participatory women's groups to improve maternal and newborn health in largely tribal areas of Jharkhand and Odisha, eastern India.  The Ekjut trial, which was published in the Lancet in 2010, won the Society for Clinical Trial's Award of 'Trial of the Year' in March 2011. 

Audrey, Ekjut and the Public Health Foundation of India now collaborate on CARING, an MRC/Wellcome Trust/DFID-funded trial testing a community intervention with participatory women's groups and home visits to improve the growth of children under two in Jharkhand and Odisha. Audrey is also an associate editor of Trials, and interested in the design and analysis of trials of complex social interventions. 

Research Summary

Audrey's research focuses on developing and evaluating community-based interventions to improve maternal and child health and nutrition, primarily in India. 

Key areas of interest: 
Community interventions to improve maternal and child health and nutrition
Early childhood development
Violence against women
The integration of qualitative and quantitative methods in formative and evaluation research
Design and analysis of cluster-randomised controlled trials

Teaching Summary

Audrey coordinates the Institute for Global Health's core postgraduate research methods module(Research Methods: Evidence for Global Health) and a joint undergraduate and postgraduate module in Anthropology. She also teaches qualitative research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students in Primary Care and Pediatrics.

Academic Background
2003 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Anthropology University College London
1998 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Ancient History and Anthropology University College London
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