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Dr. Catherine Dodds is a Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a senior researcher at Sigma Research. She has been undertaking research in the field of HIV prevention for over 13 years and specialises in tailor-made research dissemination for diverse audiences. Her doctoral research explored communication of notions of responsibility through prevention policies. She has extensive qualitative research experience into the interaction between social inequality and HIV prevention need among homosexually active men, and among African migrants to the UK. Catherine has led on the development of key policy and planning frameworks The Knowledge, The Will and The Power (2008) and the African HIV prevention Handbook (2009) for the National African HIV Prevention (NAHIP) programme, and she led Bass Line 2007, a national HIV prevention needs assessment of Africans in England. She has undertaken research and evaluation for a range of funders including Local Authorities, NHS commissioners and third sector HIV services. Catherine is also recognised internationally for her expertise in criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission.
Recent journal articles
Bourne A, Dodds C, Weatherburn P, Keogh P (2011) Perceptions of superinfection risk among gay men with diagnosed HIV who have unprotected anal intercourse. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 22: 190–193.
Dodds C, Bourne A, Weait M (2009) Responses to criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission among gay men with HIV in England and Wales. Reproductive Health Matters, 17(34): 135-145.
Dodds C, Hammond G, Weatherburn P, Hickson F, Keogh P, Reid D, Henderson L, Jessup K (2008) Homosexually active men’s views on criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission are related to HIV prevention need. AIDS Care, 20(5): 509 - 514.
Dodds C (2008) Positive benefits: preventive impact of PEP awareness among those with diagnosed HIV. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 84: 92-93.
Dodds C, Weatherburn P (2007) Reducing the length of time between HIV infection and diagnosis (Editorial). BMJ (British Medical Journal), 334: 1329-1330 (30 June).
Dodds C (2006) HIV-related stigma in England: experiences of Gay men and heterosexual African migrants living with HIV. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 16: 472-480.
Dodds C, Keogh P (2006) Criminal convictions for HIV transmission: people living with HIV respond. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 17(5): 315-318.
Recent research reports
Dodds C, Weait M, Bourne A, Egede S, Jessup K, Weatherburn P (2013) Keeping Confidence: HIV and the criminal law from service provider perspectives. London, Sigma Research.
Bourne A, Dodds C, Weatherburn P, Madyara A, Ntabyera E, Owour J, Ola L, Mahaka P, Jessup K, Hammond G (2011) Plus One: HIV sero-discordant relationships among black African people in England. London, Sigma Research.
Dodds C (2011) Freedom to Be (F2B) summer camp: outcome evaluation. London, Sigma Research.
Dodds C, Weatherburn P, Owuor J, Daodu K, Soomre E (2009) African HIV prevention Handbook: putting The Knowledge, The Will and The Power into practice. London, Sigma Research.
Bourne A, Dodds C, Keogh P, Weatherburn P, Hammond G (2009) Relative safety II: risk and unprotected anal intercourse among gay men with diagnosed HIV. London, Sigma Research.
Dodds C, Weatherburn P, Bourne A, Hammond G, Weait M, Hickson F, Reid D, Jessup K (2009) Sexually charged: The views of gay and bisexual men on criminal prosecution for HIV transmission. London, Sigma Research.
Dodds C, Hickson F, Weatherburn P, Reid D, Hammond G, Jessup K, Adegbite G (2008) Bass Line 2007: findings from a survey assessing HIV prevention need among African people in England. London, Sigma Research.
Dodds C, Hickson F, Chinouya M, Chwaula J, Weatherburn P (2008) The Knowledge, The Will and The Power: a plan of action to meet the HIV prevention needs of Africans living in England. London, Sigma Research.
Recent talks and presentations
Perceptions of HIV treatment as prevention among African people in sero-discordant relationships. XIX International AIDS Conference, Washington D.C., 25th July 2012 (Poster).
Adapting to difference: experiences of HIV serodiscordant relationships among Africans in England. XIX International AIDS Conference, Washington D.C., 25th July 2012 (Poster).
Impact of prosecutions in populations closest to the HIV epidemic. Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure: implications for policy and practice, University of Toronto, 22nd March 2012.
England’s National African HIV prevention programme: insights and challenges. Optimizing HIV prevention in African, Caribbean & Black communities, Community Forum, Toronto, Canada, 19th March 2012.
Holistic insight interviews: Skype vs face-to-face. 15th annual CHAPS Conference (C15), Bristol, 29th February - 1s March 2012
Risk and unprotected anal intercourse among gay men with diagnosed HIV. Joint CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV prevention / REACH in HIV and AIDS seminar. University of Toronto, March 9th, 2011.
HIV prevention and the black African diaspora population in England. Mobilization in Action: Global Forum and Planning Meeting (African Black Diaspora Global Network). Ottawa, Canada, March 3rd - 4th, 2011.
State of the UK HIV epidemic and key prevention policies. Reinvigorating HIV Prevention: 6th International Policy Dialogue (Health Canada / UNAIDS). Ottawa, Canada, February 28th - March 2nd, 2011.
Planning evidence based interventions: using the Handbook. NAHIP conference: influencing change through Knowledge, Will and Power, London, 27th September 2010.
A framework for planning and implementing HIV prevention interventions for African people in England. XVIII International AIDS Conference, Vienna, 22nd July 2010 (Poster).
Perceptions of superinfection risk among gay men with diagnosed HIV who have unprotected anal intercourse. XVIII International AIDS Conference, Vienna, 22nd July 2010 (Poster).
Trends in lifetime HIV testing among gay men and other MSM in England and Wales: 1997-2008. XVIII International AIDS Conference, Vienna, 21st July 2010 (Poster and talk).
Perceptions of risk reduction strategies by gay men with diagnosed HIV engaging in unprotected anal intercourse (UAI). XVIII International AIDS Conference, Vienna, 19th July 2010.
Participatory and community-based research: knowledge for action. Be Heard, Global Forum on MSM & HIV, Pre Conference Vienna, 17th July 2010.
Stigma and responsibility (workshop). 13th annual CHAPS Conference (C13), Sheffield, 2nd - 3rd March 2010.
Responsibility and HIV risk among gay men and bisexual men. CHAPS Research into Practice Seminars (Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, London, Brighton), January & February 2010.
World AIDS Day Debate: criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission. Invited panellist. City University, London, 1st December 2009.
Using local needs assessment data for intervention planning. Invited trainer. Managers’ Away day, National African HIV Prevention Programme, Reading, 30th - 31st October 2009.
Stigma, sexuality and HIV among gay men and bisexual men. CHAPS Research into Practice Seminars (Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, London, Brighton), October & November 2009.
Sexual risk taking among gay men with diagnosed HIV infection. Invited speaker. Nordic Health Promotion meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark, 7th - 9th October 2009.
What you need to know about criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission. Invited speaker. Positive Support, Croydon, 3rd August 2009.
Relative Safety II: risk and unprotected anal intercourse among gay men with diagnosed HIV. Poster presentation. 18th International Society for STD Research Congress, London, 28th June – 1st July 2009.
African HIV prevention need in the UK: behavioural research findings. Invited Speaker. Positive Yorkshire Conference, Leeds, 4th June 2009.
Stage management: understanding and impact of criminal prosecutions for sexual transmission of HIV among diagnosed gay men. Oral presentation. 12th annual CHAPS Conference, Brighton, 3rd - 4th March 2009.
Relative safety II. Risk and unprotected anal intercourse amongst gay men with diagnosed HIV: overview of findings. 12th annual CHAPS Conference (C12), Brighton, 3rd - 4th March 2009.
Relative safety II: an investigation into sexual health and safety amongst gay men with diagnosed HIV. Oral presentation. One day symposium: How risk theory and practice inform each other. British Sociology Association (BSA) Health and Risk Group at City University, London, 29th February 2009.