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Abigail Hatcher, PhD

Abigail Hatcher

Abigail Hatcher, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Behavior

Abigail Hatcher’s expertise is in designing and trialing social interventions for health. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Hatcher researches HIV care and treatment in the context of intimate partner violence, mental ill health, and poverty. She examines associations between social conditions and treatment adherence and develops interventions that target those conditions.

Honors and Awards

Young Investigator Award, Runner-up

2015, Sexual Violence Research Initiative

Early Career Travel Award

2015, Public Library of Science

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar

2005, Rotary International

Teaching Interests

Hatcher holds an honorary appointment at the School of Public Health of the University of the Witwatersrand where she teaches courses on qualitative analysis and mixed-methods research. She is a PhD Supervisor for the UNC-UNZA-Wits Partnership for Women’s Health Research.

Research Activities

Hatcher examines the efficacy of social interventions through randomized control trials and mixed methods research. She explores plausible pathways of intervention effect through the use of structural equation modeling and qualitative process evaluations.

Service Activities

As a member of the Gender-Based Violence Prevention Task Team, Hatcher guided the prevention response in South Africa’s National Strategic Plan on Gender Based Violence and Femicide.

Hatcher is an Editorial Board Member of AIDS, an Associate Editor of BMC International Health and Human Rights, and Co-Editor of a Culture, Health & Sexuality Special Issue on gender justice in sexual and reproductive health.

Practice Activities

 Hatcher’s health sector trainings on intimate partner violence influenced a World Health Organization curriculum for addressing violence in healthcare settings.

Key Publications

Intimate partner violence and adherence to HIV care and treatment among women: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Hatcher, A. M., Smout, E., Turan, J. M., Christofides, N., Stöckl, H. (2015). AIDS, 29(16), 2183-2194.

Mechanisms linking intimate partner violence and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV: A qualitative study in South Africa. Hatcher, A. M., Stöckl, H. Christofides, N., Woollett, N., Pallitto, C.C., Garcia-Moreno, C. Turan, J. M. (2016). Social Science & Medicine, 168.

Pathways from food insecurity to intimate partner violence perpetration among peri-urban men in South Africa. Hatcher A.M., Stockl H, McBride RS, Khumalo M, Christofides N (2019). Am J Prev Med.

Gendered syndemic of intimate partner violence, alcohol misuse, and HIV risk among peri-urban, heterosexual men in South Africa. Hatcher, A.M., Gibbs, A., McBride, R., Rebombo, D., Khumalo, M., & Christofides, N (2020). Social Science & Medicine.


PhD, Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, 2017

MPhil, Sociology (Development Studies), University of Cape Town, 2005

BS, International Business, Washington University in St Loui, 2001

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