Dr Rebecca French MSc PhD

Associate Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health


 I joined the Faculty of Public Health and Policy in January 2009. Prior to this I was working at the Centre for Sexual Health & HIV Research at UCL, where I also did my PhD. My background is in health services research and I have been involved in national evaluations, including the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy Evaluation and the Evaluation of One-Stop Shop Models of Sexual Health Care. My main research interests are in the areas of contraception, decision-making, young people, teenage pregnancy and sexual health service delivery.




I am one of the Project Module Organisers for the Distance Learning MSc in Public Health and Deputy Chair on the Board of Examiners. I represent LSHTM on University of London's International Academy Learning, Teaching and Assessment Sub-Committee. I am also involved in in-house teaching for the Masters programme, including Sexual Health and Family Planning Programmes.

I am currently supervising two DrPH students.


One of my main areas of interest is developing and evaluating interventions using Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis to help with decision-making. In collaboration with Brook, fpa and Maldaba Ltd we developed a decision aid to inform contraceptive choices. This aid, My Contraception Tool, can be accessed via Brook and fpa websites (https://www.brook.org.uk/contraception/my-contraception-tool and http://www.fpa.org.uk/contraception-help/my-contraception-tool). I am also working with colleagues at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London to develop and pilot a decision aid to help young people who self-harm on where they can go for support.


Other current projects include:







Research areas

  • Adolescent health
  • Behaviour change
  • Decision analysis
  • Education
  • Evaluation
  • Evidence use
  • Health services research
  • Public health
  • Reproductive health
  • Sexual health


  • Social Sciences

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Mental health
  • Sexually transmitted infection


  • Euro area


  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • Adolescents
  • Contraception
  • Decision Support
  • Effectiveness Evaluations
  • Family Planning
  • HIV prevention
  • Higher Education
  • MSM
  • Reproductive decision making
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • behaviour
  • eHealth
  • mHealth
  • online learning
  • sex education
  • sexual behaviour
  • young people
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