Nafisa Halim, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Global Health
Nafisa Halim
Crosstown Center
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Nafisa Halim, MA, PhD is an applied sociologist with research interests in developing and testing interventions to reduce socio-economic, cultural, and behavioral barriers to reproductive, maternal and child health in HIV affected and/or resource-poor settings. Halim’s most current work focuses on the intersection between intimate partner violence against (IPV) and mental health (including depression and suicidality) among pregnant and postpartum women in India. Since 2009, Halim has worked on numerous IPV studies involving quantitative and qualitative methods on topics ranging from IPV correlates, consequences, and measurement methodologies. Most recently, Halim led a systematic review documenting evidence of IPV effects on maternal mental health during pregnancy and the postnatal period; led a formative evaluation study using qualitative methods, which aims to inform the development of an intervention for men to prevent women’s IPV victimization in Bangladesh; examined using a cluster randomized controlled trial the efficacy of a gender-training intervention targeting men and community leaders to improve gender attitudes and reduce IPV perpetration in men in Tanzania. Her prior research examined the associations between public-private partnerships and primary schooling in Bangladesh, maternal education and child survival in Nepal, intimate partner violence against women and child nutrition in Liberia. Since joining BUSPH in 2011, Halim has worked on numerous clinical trials and large-scale program evaluations in Tanzania, Vietnam, Zambia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, and Bangladesh. Halim has consulted with the World Health Organization, and served as a co-Investigator on research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the United States Agency for International Development, and private foundations. Halim’s research has been published in Demography, Population Research and Policy Review, Social Science & Medicine, Health Policy and Planning, Journal of International Development, Environment and Development Economics, Social Science Quarterly, Social Science Research, Social Indicators Research, PLOS One, BMJ Global Health, and BMC Women’s Health. She currently serves as an Associate Editor of BMC Public Health. Halim received her postdoctoral training in Social Demography at Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology and M.A.s in Sociology and Economics from the University of New Mexico.


  • University of New Mexico, PhD
  • University of New Mexico, MA
  • University of New Mexico, MA
  • University of Dhaka, BS

Classes Taught

  • SPHGH745
  • SPHGH770
  • SPHGH854
  • SPHGH941
  • SPHGH943


  • Published on 12/27/2018

    Nofal MR, Halim N, Le BN, Sabin LL, Larson Williams A, Bonawitz R, Nguyen HV, Nguyen TTT, Gill CJ. Unpacking the "Black Box": How an SMS-Based Continuing Medical Education Intervention Improved Medical Knowledge Among HIV Clinicians in Vietnam. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2018 12 27; 6(4):668-679. PMID: 30591575.

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  • Published on 10/30/2018

    Larson BA, Bii M, Tsikhutsu I, Halim N, Wolfman V, Coakley P, Sugut W, Sawe F. The Enhanced Mentor Mother ProgrAm (EMMA) for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Kenya: study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2018 Oct 30; 19(1):594. PMID: 30376872.

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  • Published on 8/10/2018

    Larson BA, Bii M, Halim N, Rohr JK, Sugut W, Sawe F. Incremental treatment costs for HIV-infected women initiating antiretroviral therapy during pregnancy: A 24-month micro-costing cohort study for a maternal and child health clinic in Kenya. PLoS One. 2018; 13(8):e0200199. PMID: 30096177.

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  • Published on 3/8/2018

    Halim N, Steven E, Reich N, Badi L, Messersmith L. Variability and validity of intimate partner violence reporting by couples in Tanzania. PLoS One. 2018; 13(3):e0193253. PMID: 29518162.

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  • Published on 2/26/2018

    Gill CJ, Le NB, Halim N, Chi CTH, Nguyen VH, Bonawitz R, Hoang PV, Nguyen HL, Huong PTT, Larson Williams A, Le NA, Sabin L. mCME project V.2.0: randomised controlled trial of a revised SMS-based continuing medical education intervention among HIV clinicians in Vietnam. BMJ Glob Health. 2018; 3(1):e000632. PMID: 29527350.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Timothy O. Randhir, Pallab Mozumder, Nafisa Halim. Decision-making under Surprise and Uncertainty: Arsenic Contamination of Water Supplies. Journal of Hydrology. 2018.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Elizabeth Simmons, Nafisa Halim and Lisa Messersmith. Prevention and mitigation of intimate-partner violence. Violence against Women. 2018.

  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Christopher Cunningham, Solveig Cunningham, Nafisa Halim and Kathryn M. Yount. Government Investments in Education and Student Performance: Evidence from India. Journal of Development Studies. 2018.

  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Jennifer Beard, Nafisa Halim, Salma Abdalla, Sandro Galea. Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health Edited by Roger Detels, Martin Gulliford, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, and Chorh Chuan Tan. Intersectional and social epidemiology approaches to understanding the influence of race, ethnicity, and caste on global public health. 2018.

  • Published on 11/21/2017

    Halim N, Beard J, Mesic A, Patel A, Henderson D, Hibberd P. Intimate partner violence during pregnancy and perinatal mental disorders in low and lower middle income countries: A systematic review of literature, 1990-2017. Clin Psychol Rev. 2018 Dec; 66:117-135. PMID: 29198412.

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