Nafisa Halim, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Global Health

PhD, University of New Mexico
MA, University of New Mexico

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.

EAGER: SAI: Exploring Pathways of Adaptive Infrastructure Management with Rapidly Intensifying Hurricanes
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Florida International University National Science Fdn

CRISP 2.0 Type 2: Collaborative Research: Organizing Decentralized Resilience in Critical Independent-Infrastructure Systems and Processes ( ORDER-CRISP)
01/01/2019 - 12/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Florida International University National Science Fdn

Zambia Rising
06/20/2013 - 10/01/2017 (Subcontract PI)
Save the Children International in Zambia USAID


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  1. Sabin LL, Simmons E, Halim N, Hamer DH, Gifford AL, West RL, Larson A, Bonawitz R, Aroda P, Banigbe B, Holderman AJ, Murray L, DeSilva MB, Gasuza J, Mukasa B, Messersmith LJ. Real-time Feedback to Improve HIV Treatment Adherence in Pregnant and Postpartum Women in Uganda: A Randomized Controlled Trial. AIDS Behav. 2022 Dec; 26(12):3834-3847.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35704124
  2. Sabin LL, Gifford AL, Haberer JE, Harvey K, Sarkisova N, Martin K, West RL, Stephens J, Killian C, Halim N, Berkowitz N, Jennings K, Jennings L, Orrell C. Patients' and Providers' Views on Optimal Evidence-Based and Scalable Interventions for Individuals at High Risk of HIV Treatment Failure: Sequential Explorations Among Key Stakeholders in Cape Town, South Africa. AIDS Behav. 2022 Aug; 26(8):2783-2797.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35190943
  3. Stone, Rebecca, Julia K. Campbell, Nafisa Halim, Diane Kinney, and Emily F. Rothman. Design and Pilot Evaluation of a Cross-Training Curriculum for Intimate Partner Violence Advocates and Peer Recovery Coaches. Victims & Offenders. 2022; 1-21. View Publication
  4. Chatterjee, C., Halim, N. & Mozumder, P. Energy conservation and health risk reduction: an experimental investigation of punishing vs. rewarding incentives. Environmental Economics and Policy Studies. 2022. View Publication
  5. Jiang F, Meng S, Halim N, Mozumder P. . Departure Timing Preference during Extreme Weather Events: Evidence from Hurricane Evacuation Behavior. Transportation Research Record. 2022. View Publication
  6. Matthew Hancock, Nafisa Halim, Chris J. Kuhlman, Achla Marathe, Pallab Mozumder, S.S. Ravi, Anil Vullikanti. Complex Networks & Their Applications. Data-Driven Modeling of Evacuation Decision-Making in Extreme Weather Events. 2022; 1015. View Publication
  7. Tanvir Pavel, Syed Hasan, Nafisa Halim & Pallab Mozumder. Impacts of transient and permanent environmental shocks on internal migration. Applied Economics. 2022. View Publication
  8. Matthew Hancock, Nafisa Halim, Chris J. Kuhlman, Achla Marathe, Pallab Mozumder, S. S. Ravi, Anil Vullikanti. Complex Networks & Their Applications. Effect of Peer Influence and Looting Concerns on Evacuation Behavior During Natural Disasters. 2022; 1016. View Publication
  9. Chris Kuhlman, Achla Marathe, Anil Vullikanti, Nafisa Halim, Pallab Mozumder. Natural Disaster Evacuation Modeling: The Dichotomy of Fear of Crime and Social Influence. Social Network Analysis and Mining. 2021; 13(12). View Publication
  10. Chiradip Chatterjee, Nafisa Halim, Pallab Mozumder. Emission Tax, Health Insurance, and Information: A Mechanism Design for Reducing Energy Consumption and Emission Risk. Economics of Disasters and Climate Change. 2021; 5:465–480. View Publication
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2016 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award
2009-2011 Emory University: Gender, Family, and Global Demography Postdoctoral Fellowship
2008-2009 University of New Mexico: The Dean’s Dissertation Year Fellowship
2007 University of New Mexico : Defended the M.A. thesis in Economics with distinction.
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Intimate partner violence
Depression and suicidality
Perinatal health
Stigmatized diseases
Monitoring & evaluation
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