Dr Rebecca French


Associate Professor
of Sexual and Reproductive Health

Room 226

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 20 7927 2047

 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.


Public Health, Environments and Society
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


I am one of the Project Module Organisers for the Distance Learning MSc in Public Health and 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 three doctoral students.


Research interests are related to how preferences and vaules affect behaviour choices, specifically around contraceptive decision-making, and how new technologies can be used to promote better sexual and reproductive health. Current projects include:

  • A mulit-site cluster randomised trial of an interactive film-based intervention to reduce teenage pregnancy to promote better sexual and reproductive ealth funded by NIHR
  • A randomised controlled trial of an intervention to increase safer sex behaviours in young people through use of text messaging funded by the NIHR
  • The development of a decision aid to help men who have sex with men on their choices around HIV prevention strategies funded by PHE

I am Chair of the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health Clinical Studies Group and a member of the European Society for Contraception. I am also a member of the International Task-Sharing Group which aims to promote evidence-based approaches to family planning task-sharing.

Research Area
Decision analysis
Health services research
Public health
Sexual health
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Evidence use
Reproductive health
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Mental health
Sexually transmitted infection
United Kingdom
Euro area

Selected Publications

Simple steps to develop trial follow-up procedures.
McCarthy, O. ; French, R.S. ; Roberts, I. ; Free, C. ;
The development of a multi-criteria decision analysis aid to help with contraceptive choices: My Contraception Tool.
French, R.S.; Cowan, F.M.; Wellings, K.; Dowie, J.;
J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care
An exploratory review of HIV prevention mass media campaigns targeting men who have sex with men.
French, R.S. ; Bonell, C. ; Wellings, K. ; Weatherburn, P. ;
BMC Public Health
Help-seeking behaviour and adolescent self-harm: A systematic review.
Rowe, S.L.; French, R.S.; Henderson, C.; Ougrin, D.; Slade, M.; Moran, P.;
Aust N Z J Psychiatry
The Sexunzipped trial: optimizing the design of online randomized controlled trials.
Bailey, J.V. ; Pavlou, M. ; Copas, A. ; McCarthy, O. ; Carswell, K. ; Rait, G. ; Hart, G. ; Nazareth, I. ; Free, C. ; French, R. ; Murray, E. ;
J Med Internet Res
Addressing sexual health needs: a comparison of a one-stop shop with separate genitourinary medicine and family planning services.
French, R.S.; Mercer, C.H.; Robinson, A.J.; Gerressu, M.; Rogstad, K.E.; One-Stop Shop Evaluation Team, .;
J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care
Use of contraceptive services in Britain: findings from the second National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-2)
French, R.S.; Mercer, C.H.; Johnson, A.M.; Fenton, K.A.; Erens, B.; Wellings, K.
Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care
How can we help people to choose a method of contraception? The case for contraceptive decision aids.
French, R.S.; Wellings, K.; Cowan, F.M.;
J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care
See all Dr Rebecca French's Publications