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Dr Rebecca French

MSc PhD

Associate Professor
of Sexual and Reproductive Health Research

Room
Room 226

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0) 20 7927 2047

I am a Public Health researcher with experience of policy-related research, intervention development and evaluation. I have worked in the area of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Research for 30 years. Interests include how preferences affect choice in healthcare, specifically around fertility-related decision-making, reproductive health and well-being, and how new technologies can be used to promote better SRH.

I am Chair of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' SRH Clinical Studies Group, housed in the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health (FSRH). In 2021, I was awarded an Honorary Fellowship with the FSRH.

I also have an honorary contract with Public Health England.

Affiliations

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

Teaching

I give lectures on two MSc modules, Family Planning Programmes and Sexual Health, and am a seminar leader on Principles and Practices of Public Health and Sexual Health. Each year I tutor/supervise projects for around three MSc students.  

Since 2017 I have been Chair of the Distance Learning MSc in Public Health Exam Board.


Research

In 2020, I was awarded NIHR funding to co-lead the SACHA study with Prof Kaye and a collaborative international team, which aims to provide the necessary evidence to reconfigure health services against a backcloth of recent regulatory and therapeutic trends in abortion provision and care. Also in 2020, I was commissioned by Public Health England to lead a team charged with designing and piloting a Reproductive Health Tracking Survey, aimed at providing a standard research instrument to be used for national tracking as well as by community level agencies.

Other current or recent studies have focused on ethics and contraceptive use, fertility awareness, young people’s contraceptive use and digital methods of providing sexual health advice. I am a member of the fourth National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-4) Reproductive Health Working Group and have led on papers on contraceptive prevalence and sources of supply for Natsal-2 and 3.

I am currently supervising four doctoral students and am a Department Research Degrees Co-ordinator.

Research Area
Decision analysis
Health services research
Public health
Sexual health
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Evaluation
Evidence use
Reproductive health
Education
Discipline
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Mental health
Sexually transmitted infection
Country
United Kingdom
Region
Euro area

Selected Publications

Are we prepared for change? The need for evidence on healthcare practitioner readiness for current and future trends in abortion provision in the UK.
French RS; Shawe J; Palmer MJ; Reiter J; Wellings K; SACHA Study Team
2021
BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health
Safetxt: a safer sex intervention delivered by mobile phone messaging on sexually transmitted infections (STI) among young people in the UK - protocol for a randomised controlled trial.
Free C; McCarthy OL; Palmer MJ; Knight R; Edwards P; French R; Baraitser P; Hickson FCI; Wellings K; Roberts I
2020
BMJ OPEN
(Not) talking about fertility: the role of digital technologies and health services in helping plan pregnancy. A qualitative study.
French RS; Shawe J; Tilouche N; Earle S; Grenfell P
2020
BMJ sexual & reproductive health
Fertility and digital technology: narratives of using smartphone app 'Natural Cycles' while trying to conceive.
Grenfell P; Tilouche N; Shawe J; French RS
2020
Sociology of Health & Illness
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