Abigail M. Hatcher, PhD
Hatcher’s research addresses social determinants of mental and physical health. She partners with communities, health workers, and patients to identify scalable solutions for reducing partner violence and food insecurity. Hatcher examines the efficacy of multi-level interventions through randomized control trials, causal inference, and longitudinal qualitative process evaluations.
Abigail Hatcher in the Gillings News
Honors and Awards
Innovation in Teaching Award
2023, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Young Investigator Research Award
2015, Sexual Violence Research Initiative
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar
2005, Rotary International
Hatcher co-designed and co-leads HBEH 532: Development & Evaluation of Health Behavior Interventions. She is a faculty mentor for the UUW Partnership for Women’s Health Research and a the UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellowship.
Hatcher examines the efficacy of social interventions through randomized control trials, longitudinal modeling and qualitative mechanisms research. Her current studies include prenatal safety planning, digital chatbots for safer relationships, couples home visits and health sector capacity building.
Hatcher has an interest in translating social science into accessible formats. Her research on food insecurity and perpetration of partner violence was featured in the documentary “Food Apartheid.” She has written in the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Hill and Daily Maverick.
Hatcher is an editorial board member of AIDS and associate editor at BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth. She co-edited a Culture, Health & Sexuality special issue on gender justice in sexual and reproductive health.
Hatcher’s work has informed curriculum adoption by the World Health Organization (WHO), WHO guidance on maternal mental health, and UN Women guidance on innovation in violence prevention.
Longitudinal association between intimate partner violence and viral suppression during pregnancy and postpartum in South African women. Hatcher, A. M., Brittain, K., Phillips, T.K., Zerbe, A., Abrams, E.J., Myer, L. (2021). AIDS, 35(5), 791-799.
Systematic review of food insecurity and violence against women and girls: Mixed methods findings from low- and middle-income settings. Hatcher, A. M., S. Page, L. Aletta van Eck, I. Pearson, R. Fielding-Miller, C. Mazars and H. Stockl (2022). PLOS Glob Public Health, 2(9), e0000479.
Intimate partner violence and HIV treatment adherence in urban South Africa: Mediating role of perinatal common mental disorders. Hatcher, A. M., J. M. Turan, H. Stockl, N. Woollett, C. Garcia-Moreno and N. J. Christofides (2022). SSM Ment Health, 2: 100112.
Gendered syndemic of intimate partner violence, alcohol misuse, and HIV risk among peri-urban, heterosexual men in South Africa. Hatcher, A. M., A. Gibbs, R. S. McBride, D. Rebombo, M. Khumalo and N. J. Christofides (2022). Soc Sci Med, 295: 112637.
- PhD, Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, 2017
- MPhil, Sociology (Development Studies), University of Cape Town, 2005
- BS, International Business, Washington University in St Louis, 2001