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.

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.

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. Halim, N., Jiang, F., Khan, M., Meng, S. and Mozumder, P. Household Evacuation Planning and Preparation for Future Hurricanes: Role of Utility Service Disruptions. Transportation Research Record. 2021. View Publication
  2. Lee JO, Yoon Y, Idrisov B, Kiriazova T, Makarenko O, Sereda Y, Bendiks S, Cody K, Schoenberger SF, Nurius PS, Halim N, Flanigan T, Samet JH, Liebschutz J, Lunze K. Violence, HIV Risks, and Polysubstance Use Among HIV-Positive People Who Inject Drugs in Ukraine. AIDS Behav. 2021 Jul; 25(7):2120-2130.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33385280
  3. Sabin LL, Halim N, Hamer DH, Simmons EM, Jonnalagadda S, Larson Williams A, Chemusto H, Gifford AL, Bonawitz R, Aroda P, DeSilva M, Gasuza J, Mukasa B, Messersmith LJ. Retention in HIV Care Among HIV-Seropositive Pregnant and Postpartum Women in Uganda: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial. AIDS Behav. 2020 Nov; 24(11):3164-3175.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32314120
  4. Murillo A, DeSilva MB, Sabin LL, Halim N, Chemusto H, Aroda P, Gasuza J, Hamer DH, Williams AL, Mukasa B, Messersmith LJ, Bonawitz R. Impact of a Maternal Prevention of Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) Intervention on HIV-exposed Infants in Uganda. Int J MCH AIDS. 2020; 9(3):320-329.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32765963; DOI: 10.21106/ijma.380;
  5. Sabin LL, Estrella B, Sempértegui F, Farquhar N, Mesic A, Halim N, Lin CY, Rodriguez O, Hamer DH. Household Costs Associated with Hospitalization of Children with Severe Pneumonia in Quito, Ecuador. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2020 04; 102(4):731-739.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32067631; DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.19-0721;
  6. Kuhlman, C.J., Marathe, A., Vullikanti, A., Halim, N. and Mozumder, P., . The Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems. Increasing Evacuation during Disaster Events. 2020; 19:pp. 654-662.
  7. Halim N., Kuhlman C.J., Marathe A., Mozumder P., Vullikanti A. . COMPLEX NETWORKS 2019: Complex Networks and Their Applications VIII. Two-Mode Threshold Graph Dynamical Systems for Modeling Evacuation Decision-Making During Disaster Events. Springer Nature. Switzerland. 2019; 519-531.
  8. Larson BA, Halim N, Tsikhutsu I, Bii M, Coakley P, Rockers PC. A tool for estimating antiretroviral medication coverage for HIV-infected women during pregnancy (PMTCT-ACT). Glob Health Res Policy. 2019; 4:29.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31637308; DOI: 10.1186/s41256-019-0121-3;
  9. Mesic A, Halim N, MacLeod W, Haker C, Mwansa M, Biemba G. Facilitators and Barriers to Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy and Retention in Care Among Adolescents Living with HIV/AIDS in Zambia: A Mixed Methods Study. AIDS Behav. 2019 Sep; 23(9):2618-2628.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31093820
  10. Sabin LL, Semrau K, DeSilva M, Le LTT, Beard JJ, Hamer DH, Tuchman J, Hammett TM, Halim N, Reuben M, Mesic A, Vian T. Effectiveness of community outreach HIV prevention programs in Vietnam: a mixed methods evaluation. BMC Public Health. 2019 Aug 16; 19(1):1130.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31420034; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-019-7418-5;
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Intimate partner violence
Depression and suicidality
Perinatal health
Stigmatized diseases
Monitoring & evaluation
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