Dr Rebecca French
of Sexual and Reproductive Health Research
15-17 Tavistock Place
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, fertility choices and sexual health service delivery.
I am involved in in-house teaching for the Masters programme, including Sexual Health and Family Planning Programmes and supervise Public Health MSc students. I am Chair of the Distance Learning MSc in Public Health Exam Board. I am currently supervising four doctoral students.
Research interests are related to how preferences and vaules affect sexual and reproductive health behaviour choices, specifically around contraceptive and pregnancy 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
- A qualitative study of users' and their partners' views and experiences of a fertility awareness app (Natural Cycles) to help plan pregnancy.
I am Chair of the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health Clinical Studies Group and a member of the European Society for Contraception.