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Dr Sonali Wayal


Social Epidemiologist

Theme A: Understanding risk and risk reduction for STIs and BBVs

University College London

Dr Sonali Wayal is a mixed methods researcher with a PhD in Social Epidemiology and Public Health, a Masters in Political Science, and an MSc in Public Health Research.  

She currently works as a mixed methods researcher at UCL and coordinates the NIHR funded Health Protection Research Unit Research Theme-A on Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Since 2004, her research has focused on understanding the determinants and contextual drivers of poor sexual health and HIV, and reproductive health and mental health, and intervention development and evaluation with diverse groups like MSM, young people, black and ethnic minority groups, and commercial sex workers in India and UK.

She is a Social Science Advisory Group member for the PROUD trial examining the impact on MSM of using pre-exposure prophylaxis: and a co-investigator of a study examining the feasibility and acceptability of home sampling kits to increase the uptake of HIV testing among Black Africans in the UK: 

She has successfully secured £417,859 of competitive grant funding from the NIHR. She has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and reports.