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Dr Audrey Prost
Institute of Child Health UCL
30 Guilford Street
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Population 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 research focused on perceptions of health, illness and care-seeking among Tibetan refugee communities in India. 

She then obtained a Career Development Fellowship with the MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit and trained in epidemiological research methods while conducting research focusing on the sexual health of migrant African communities in the UK. This led to work on the acceptability of HIV testing among UK African communities and informed recently published NICE Guidance on  HIV testing. 

In 2008

Audrey moved to the Centre for International Health and Development at the Institute of Child Health, where she has joined research partners Ekjut (India) in the evaluation of community-based participatory interventions to improve maternal and child health in Jharkhand and Orissa. 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.

Research Summary
Audrey's research focuses on testing community-based interventions to improve maternal and child health and nutrition in eastern India. 

Key areas of interest: 

Community interventions to improve newborn survival
The role of ethnographic methods to inform the development of interventions
Early Childhood Development
Maternal mental health in low-income countries

Teaching Summary
Audrey coordinates a postgraduate research methods  modules (Evidence for Global Health) and a joint undergraduate and postgraduate module in Medical Anthropology modules. In addition, she teaches on a Gender, Health and Development module and on an undergraduate course in Maternal and Child Health.
Academic Background
2003 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1998 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University College London
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