Dr Ford Hickson BSc BA PhD AFHEA

Assistant Professor / Course Director Public Health MSc


Ford worked at the Terrence Higgins Trust and at Frontliners in the late 1980s. He joined Sigma Research in 1990. Sigma Research joined LSHTM in 2011.

Ford has spent the last twenty five years researching and describing patterns of sex between men, particularly with reference to HIV transmission. Between 1997 and 2008 he led the design of the National Gay Men’s Sex Survey and was centrally involved in the European MSM Internet Survey in 2010 and 2017.

In 1998 he co-authored the national HIV prevention strategy for gay and bisexual men (Making It Count) with a group of community health promoters, which was subsequently adopted by the Department of Health. He has sat on several HIV and MSM related committees, most recently the Office for National Statistics’ Sexual Identity Project Expert Research Group.

Ford's doctoral thesis was on Authority, HIV and Sex between men in England. He has co-authored over 50 peer reviewed journal articles and a book, as well as numerous monographs and several book chapters. He holds a Bsc in Psychology and a BA in Opera Studies.




As well as a Course Director for the MSc Public HEalth, Ford is module organiser, lecturer and seminar leader for Health Promotion Theory. He is also a seminar leader on Principles of Social Research, and delivers lectures on HIV/STI Prevention among men-who-have-sex-with-men for the Control of STIs/RTIs module, and on Motivational Interviewing for the Health Promotion Approaches and Methods module.


Ford is currently engaged in developing an online decision making tool for MSM considering HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, and on the second European MSM Internet Survey.

Research areas

  • Behaviour change
  • Complex interventions
  • Decision analysis
  • Education
  • Health promotion
  • Public health
  • Risk
  • Sexual health
  • Social and structural determinants of health


  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Sexually transmitted disease
  • Sexually transmitted infection


  • Euro area
  • European Union


  • United Kingdom
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