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Dr Rebecca French

MSc PhD

Associate Professor
of Sexual and Reproductive Health

Room
Room 226

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

Tel.
+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.

Affiliations

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

Teaching

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

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
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

Simple steps to develop trial follow-up procedures.
McCarthy, O. ; French, R.S. ; Roberts, I. ; Free, C. ;
2016
Trials
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.;
2014
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. ;
2014
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.;
2014
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. ;
2013
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, .;
2010
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.
2009
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.;
2009
J Fam Plann Reprod Health Care
See all Dr Rebecca French's Publications