Dr Caroline Jeffery

Research Associate in Biostatistics

Caroline Jeffery joined the Department of International Public Health in March 2010, as expert in Biostatistics for the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical assistance and Research (METRe) group, led by Prof Joe Valadez.

She completed her PhD in Biostatistics at Harvard University. Her research focuses on disease mapping and the use of spatial information on cases in public health surveillance, in particular the inclusion of residential history in mapping, mapping multiple diseases, and studying the effect of aggregation on the performance of spatial methods.

She also holds a MA in Mathematics from Boston College and a Maîtrise in Applied Mathematics and Social Sciences from Paris IX Dauphine.

Teaching

Caroline is co-convenor of the Key Themes in International Health and Health Policy module, on the Masters of International Public Health programme. She also teaches on the Research Methods module (all Masters programmes) and the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Masters’ student project supervision: Dr Wole Ameyan (2010-2011); Dr Ayobami Olanrewaju (2013-2014); Audrey Mahieu (2014-2015).

Research

As part of the METRe group, she is an active biostatistician for continued extension of the Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS), Respondent Driven Sampling (RDS) and other rapid statistical assessment methods, as they relate to monitoring and evaluation and health systems research. She also continues an active methodological research program in spatial statistical methods for public health, including geostatistical disease mapping, focusing on the evaluation of these methods, and how precision of spatial data can impact results of analysis.

Other relevant expertise

  • Professional Certificate in Supporting Learning (SEDA Award)

Current Projects

  • 2003 to 2014 | Sudan

    DfID programme on results-based financing impact evaluation to improve access to health care in Northern Uganda; Ministry of South Sudan health surveys

    Caroline currently supports the design and analysis of data collected using LQAS method (DfID programme on results-based financing impact evaluation to improve access to health care in Northern Uganda; Ministry of South Sudan health surveys). In the last 5 years, she has co-lead the longitudinal analysis of the national 2003-2014 LQAS databases, (HIV/AIDS-TB STAR-E projects, Uganda, USAID). Recently she also supported the data analysis of the LQAS household survey in Awerial IDP settlement (South Sudan, Humanitarian Innovation Fund). Previously she led the data entry and statistical analysis of: LQAS community and HFA surveys in Mongolia; and Behavioral and Biological Surveillance Surveys among populations most-at-risk of HIV in Tripoli, using the RDS methodology.

Publications