Dr Rebecca French
of Sexual and Reproductive Health
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, decision-making, young people, teenage pregnancy and sexual health service delivery.
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 (https://www.brook.org.uk/contraception/my-contraception-tool and http://www.fpa.org.uk/contraception-help/my-contraception-tool). 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