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.


Department of Social and Environmental Health Research
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


I am one of the Project Module Organisers for the Distance Learning MSc in Public Health and Deputy 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 two DrPH students.


One of my main areas of interest is developing and evaluating interventions using Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis to help with decision-making. In collaboration with Brook, fpa and Maldaba Ltd we developed a decision aid to inform contraceptive choices. This aid, My Contraception Tool, can be accessed via Brook and fpa websites ( and I am also working with colleagues at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London to develop and pilot a decision aid to help young people who self-harm on where they can go for support.


Other current projects include:

  • A randomised controlled trial of an intervention to increase safer sex behaviours in young people through use of text messaging funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme
  • The development of a decision aid to help men who have sex with men on their choices around HIV prevention strategies







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