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Assistant Scientist

Anaise Williams, PhD ’23, MPH researches gender equity and gender-based violence prevention with a focus on norms and economic empowerment.

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Anaise Williams, PhD, researches the areas of gender norms, empowerment, gender equity, and gender-based violence globally in partnership with communities most affected. 

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Bevilacqua KG*, Williams A*, Wood SN, Wamue-Ngare G, Thiongo M, Gichangi P, and Decker MR. Sexual harassment before and during the COVID-19 pandemic among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in Nairobi, Kenya: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open 2022; 12 (10): p.e066777. Available here:

Williams A*, Wood SN, Stuart HC, Wamue-Ngare G, Thiongo M, Gichangi P, and Decker MR. Gendered time use during COVID-19 among adolescents and young adults in Nairobi, Kenya. eClinicalMedicine 2022; 49 (101479). Available here:

Decker MR, Bevilacqua K*, Wood SN, Ngare GW, Thiongo M, Byrne ME, Williams A*, Devoto B, Glass N, Heise L, and Gichangi P. Gender-based violence during COVID-19 among adolescent girls and young women in Nairobi, Kenya: a mixed-methods prospective study over 18 months. BMJ Global Health 2022; 7 (2): e007807. Available here:

Decker MR, Wood SN, Thiongo M, Byrne ME, Devoto B, Morgan R, Williams A*, and Gichangi P. Gendered health, economic, social and safety impact of COVID-19 on adolescents and young adults in Nairobi, Kenya. Plos One 2021; 16 (11): e0259583. Available here:

Seff I, Williams A, Hussain F, Landis D, Poulton C, Falb K, and Stark L. Forced Sex and Early Marriage: Understanding the Linkages and Norms in a Humanitarian Setting. Violence Against Women 2019; 26 (8): 787-802. Available here:

Williams A*, Kusumaningrum S, Bennouna C, Usman R, Wandasari W, and Stark L. Using the theory of planned behaviour to understand motivation to register births in Lombok, Indonesia. Children & Society 2018; 32 (5): 368-380. Available here:

Sommer M, Muñoz-Laboy M, Williams A*, Mayevskaya Y*, Falb K, Abdella G, and Stark L. How gender norms are reinforced through violence against adolescent girls in two conflict-affected populations. Child Abuse & Neglect 2018; 79: 154-163. Available here:

Williams A, Sarker M, and Ferdous ST. Cultural Attitudes toward Postpartum Depression in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Medical Anthropology 2017; 37 (3): 194-205. Available here: