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

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

Nafisa Halim, MA, PhD is an applied sociologist with research interests in developing and testing interventions to improve pregnancy and childbirth outcomes among women with a history of abuse. Halim’s most current work focuses on the effect of antenatal screening for sickle cell disease on intimate partner violence in the sickle cell belt in central 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, South Africa, 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 National Science Foundation, 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. Currently, she serves as an Associate Editor of PLOS One and PLOS Global 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 (with distinction) from the University of New Mexico.

CRISP 2.0 Type 2: Collaborative Research: Organizing Decentralized Resilience in Critical Independent-Infrastructure Systems and Processes ( ORDER-CRISP)
01/01/2019 - 12/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
Florida International University National Science Fdn

EAGER: SAI: Exploring Pathways of Adaptive Infrastructure Management with Rapidly Intensifying Hurricanes
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2024 (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. Sisi Meng, Nafisa Halim, Mahesh Karra, Pallab Mozumder. Understanding household evacuation preferences during the COVID-19 pandemic in Puerto Rico. Safety Science. 2024; 171. View Publication
  2. Nafisa Halim, Mukitul Islam, Nandini Agarwal. Social Transformation in Bangladesh: Pathways, Challenges and the Way Forward. Adverse Birth Outcomes in Bangladesh: A Public Health Model of Prevention. Routledge. London. 2024.
  3. Jennings L, West RL, Halim N, Kaiser JL, Gwadz M, MacLeod WB, Gifford AL, Haberer JE, Orrell C, Sabin LL. Protocol for an evaluation of adherence monitoring and support interventions among people initiating antiretroviral therapy in Cape Town, South Africa-a multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) approach using a fractional factorial design. Trials. 2023 May 05; 24(1):310.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37147725; PMCID: PMC10163747; DOI: 10.1186/s13063-023-07322-z;
  4. Larson BA, Tsikhutsu I, Bii M, Halim N, Agaba P, Sugut W, Muli J, Sawe F. The effects of revised peer-counselor support on the PMTCT cascade of care: results from a cluster-randomized trial in Kenya (the EMMA study). BMC Infect Dis. 2023 Apr 25; 23(1):257.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37098468; PMCID: PMC10127503; DOI: 10.1186/s12879-023-08246-4;
  5. Stone, R., Halim, N., Campbell, J.K., Kinney, D. and Rothman, E.F. ‘Nowhere to Go’: Intimate Violence and Opioid Use in Rural Vermont. Gender-based Violence and Rurality in the 21st Century. Bristol University Press. 2023; pp. 168-182. View Publication
  6. Fan Jiang, Sisi Meng, Mohammad Khan, Nafisa Halim, Pallab Mozumder,. Estimating willingness to pay and costs associated with hurricane evacuation. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. 2023; 121. View Publication
  7. Mozumder, P., Rodríguez-Figueroa, L., Quiles-Miranda, M., Manandhar, B., Meng, S. and Halim, N. Natural Hazards Center Public Health Disaster Research Report Series. Assessing Impacts of Hurricane Maria for Promoting Healthcare Resilience in Puerto Rico. University of Colorado Boulder. Boulder. 2023. View Publication
  8. Willie TC, Katague M, Halim N, Gupta J. Latent classes of men's intimate partner violence perpetration and attitudes towards gender norms: A UN multi-country, cross-sectional study in Asia and the Pacific. PLoS One. 2022; 17(9):e0264156. PMID: 36155974; PMCID: PMC9512213; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0264156;
  9. Sabin LL, Mesic A, Le BN, Halim N, Cao CTH, Bonawitz R, Nguyen HV, Larson A, Nguyen TTT, Le AN, Gill CJ. Costs and Cost-Effectiveness of mCME Version 2.0: An SMS-Based Continuing Medical Education Program for HIV Clinicians in Vietnam. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2022 08 30; 10(4).View Related Profiles. PMID: 36041848; PMCID: PMC9426988; DOI: 10.9745/GHSP-D-22-00008;
  10. 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; PMCID: PMC9640413; DOI: 10.1007/s10461-022-03712-7;
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2023 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching Award for Student Engagement
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
Perinatal mental health
Stress & coping
Pregnancy and postpartum
Monitoring & evaluation
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