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Erica Breuer

Erica Breuer

Erica Breuer

Erica is a freelance global health researcher who works at the intersection of health and social care.

This includes co-leading the use of the Theory of Change approach in the Programme for Improving Mental Healthcare across five low- and middle-income countries and the STRiDE: Strengthening responses to dementia in developing countries project across seven middle income countries.

She has provided workshop facilitation (both online and in person), training and/or support to develop and use Theories of Change in development across a broad range of social and health programmes in Austria, Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Mexico, Nepal, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Uganda, the UK and the USA. This Theory of Change development has been across several areas of health and social care including mental health, dementia, prisoner health, long term care, palliative care, and child development.

She has provided consultancy services to the London School of Economics and Political Science, University College London, the University of Cape Town, Western Cape Department of Health, the SMART Africa Hub funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, the End-of-Life Care Group based at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University, the University of Hong Kong, Kings College London, the Partnership for Alcohol and AIDS Intervention Research based at the University of Stellenbosch, the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Hunter New England Public Health Pacific Programmes, Australia and the Wellbeing Trust, USA.

Erica has a PhD from the University of Cape Town and a Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology). She is an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her work has been published in key academic journals.


Countries International;
Topics Access to care; Care integration/ coordination; Co-production in LTC; Dementia care and support; Social Innovation in LTC; Stigma and discrimination;
Methods Co-production methods; Theory of Change;
Role Research;
Interest Groups Strengthening Responses to Dementia;
Research interests

Erica has a broad range of public health experience including complex interventions, mental health, health services research, quantitative data analysis, systematic reviews, monitoring and evaluation and programme management. She has specific expertise in using Theory of Change to identify, develop and evaluate health and social care interventions.

Key publications
  1. Breuer, E., Morris, A., Blanke, L., Pearsall, M., Rodriguez, R., Miller, B., . . . Patel, V. (2023). A theory of change for community-initiated mental health care in the United States. Cambridge Prisms: Global Mental Health, 10, E56. doi:10.1017/gmh.2023.49
  2. Weidner W, Amour R, Breuer E, et al. (2023) Transforming dementia research into policy change: A case study of the multi-country STRiDE project. Dementia. doi:10.1177/14713012231176324
  3. Breuer E, Freeman E, Alladi S, Breedt M, Govia I, López-Ortega M, Musyimi C, Oliveira D, Pattabiraman M, Sani TP, Schneider M. Active inclusion of people living with dementia in planning for dementia care and services in low-and middle-income countries. Dementia. 2021: 10.1177/14713012211041426
  4. Breuer E, Comas-Herrera A, Freeman E, Albanese E, Alladi S, Amour R, et al. Beyond the project: Building a strategic theory of change to address dementia care, treatment and support gaps across seven middle-income countries. Dementia. 2021:14713012211029105.
  5. Breuer E, Lund C, Subba P, Luitel N, Jordans M, Marchal B, et al. Unravelling the effect of mental healthcare plan inputs on service utilisation in primary care in Nepal: combining Theory of Change and qualitative comparative analysis approaches. BMJ Global Health; 2018; 3:e001023.
  6. Breuer E, Bhana A, Chisholm D, De Silva M J, Hanlon C, A. F, et al. Partnerships in a global mental health research programme – the example of PRIME. Global Social Welfare; 2018.
  7. Lund C, Brooke-Sumner C, Baingana F, Baron EC, Breuer E, Chandra P, Haushofer J, Herrman H, Jordans M, Kieling C, Medina-Mora ME. Et al. Social determinants of mental disorders and the Sustainable Development Goals: a systematic review of reviews. The Lancet Psychiatry. 2018 Apr 30;5(4):357-69.
  8. Gilissen J, Pivodic L, Gastmans C, Vander Stichele R, Deliens L, Breuer E, et al. How to achieve the desired outcomes of advance care planning in nursing homes: a theory of change. BMC geriatrics. 2018;18(1):47.
  9. Breuer E, Lee L, De Silva M, Lund C. Using theory of change to design and evaluate public health interventions: a systematic review. Implementation Science. 2016;11(1):1.