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 attainment among disadvantaged populations in HIV affected and/or resource-poor settings. Halim’s most current work focuses on the intersection between of 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 research projects 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.

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

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  1. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29518162.
  2. 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. 2017 Nov 21.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29198412.
  3. Lisa J. Messersmith, Nafisa Halim, Ester Steven Mzilangwe, , Naomi Reich, Lilian Badi, Nelson Bingham Holmes, II, Maria Servidone, Elizabeth Simmons, Philbert Kawemama, . Childhood Trauma, Gender Inequitable Attitudes, Alcohol Use and Multiple Sexual Partners: Correlates of Intimate Partner Violence in Northern Tanzania. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2017. View Publication
  4. Messersmith LJ, Halim N, Steven Mzilangwe E, Reich N, Badi L, Holmes NB, Servidone M, Simmons E, Kawemama P. Childhood Trauma, Gender Inequitable Attitudes, Alcohol Use and Multiple Sexual Partners: Correlates of Intimate Partner Violence in Northern Tanzania. J Interpers Violence. 2017 Sep 01; 886260517731313.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29294914.
  5. Sabin LL, Larson Williams A, Le BN, Herman AR, Viet Nguyen H, Albanese RR, Xiong W, Shobiye HO, Halim N, Tran LTN, McNabb M, Hoang H, Falconer A, Nguyen TTT, Gill CJ. Benefits and Limitations of Text Messages to Stimulate Higher Learning Among Community Providers: Participants'' Views of an mHealth Intervention to Support Continuing Medical Education in Vietnam. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2017 Jun 27; 5(2):261-273.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28655802.
  6. Gill CJ, Le Ngoc B, Halim N, Nguyen Viet H, Larson Williams A, Nguyen Van T, McNabb M, Tran Thi Ngoc L, Falconer A, An Phan Ha H, Rohr J, Hoang H, Michiel J, Nguyen Thi Thanh T, Bird L, Pham Vu H, Yeshitla M, Ha Van N, Sabin L. The mCME Project: A Randomized Controlled Trial of an SMS-Based Continuing Medical Education Intervention for Improving Medical Knowledge among Vietnamese Community Based Physicians'' Assistants. PLoS One. 2016; 11(11):e0166293.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27861516; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166293;.
  7. Halim N, Yount KM, Cunningham S. Do scheduled caste and scheduled tribe women legislators mean lower gender-caste gaps in primary schooling in India? Soc Sci Res. 2016 07; 58:122-134. PMID: 27194655; DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2016.01.002;.
  8. Halim N, Spielman K, Larson B. The economic consequences of selected maternal and early childhood nutrition interventions in low- and middle-income countries: a review of the literature, 2000-2013. BMC Womens Health. 2015; 15:33.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25887257; PMCID: PMC4407878; DOI: 10.1186/s12905-015-0189-y;.
  9. Halim N, Yount KM, Cunningham SA, Pande RP. Women''s Political Empowerment and Investments in Primary Schooling in India. Soc Indic Res. 2016 Feb 01; 125(3):813-851. PMID: 26924878.
  10. Yount KM, Zureick-Brown S, Halim N, Lavilla K. Fertility decline, girls'' well-being, and gender gaps in children''s well-being in poor countries. Demography. 2014 Apr; 51(2):535-61. PMID: 24664903; DOI: 10.1007/s13524-014-0282-0;.
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Gender-based violence
Maternal depression and suicidality
Maternal and child health
Reproductive and sexual health
Monitoring & evaluation
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