Dr Ford Hickson
BSc BA PhD FHEA
/ Course Director Public Health MSc
15-17 Tavistock Place
After graduating BSc Psychology in 1988, Ford worked at Terrence Higgins Trust and Frontliners. He joined Sigma Research in 1990. Sigma Research joined LSHTM in 2011.
Ford has spent the last twenty eight years researching and describing patterns of sex between men, particularly with reference to HIV/STI transmission. Between 1997 and 2008 he led the design of the National Gay Men’s Sex Survey and was centrally involved in the European MSM Internet Survey in 2010 and 2017.
In 1998 he co-authored England's national HIV prevention strategy for gay and bisexual men (Making It Count) with a group of community health promoters, which was subsequently adopted by the Department of Health. He has sat on several HIV and MSM related committees, including the Office for National Statistics’ Sexual Identity Project Expert Research Group.
Ford's doctoral thesis was on Authority, HIV and Sex between men in England. He has co-authored over 50 peer reviewed journal articles and a book, as well as numerous monographs and several book chapters. He also holds a BA in Opera Studies.
As well as a Course Director for the MSc Public Health, Ford is co-module organiser for Principles of Social Research, a seminar leader for Drugs, Alcohol & Tobacco, and delivers lectures on Control of STIs/RTIs module and Health Promotion Approaches and Methods.
Ford is currently engaged the second European MSM Internet Survey.