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Professor Heidi Larson

MA PhD

Professor
of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science

Room
Room G82

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 207 927 2858

Prof. Heidi J. Larson is an anthropologist and Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project (VCP); Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, LSHTM; Clinical Professor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington,Seattle, USA, and Guest Professor at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Dr. Larson previously headed Global Immunisation Communication at UNICEF, chaired GAVI’s Advocacy Task Force, and served on the WHO SAGE Working Group on vaccine hesitancy. The VCP is a WHO Centre of Excellence on addressing Vaccine Hesitancy.

Professor Larson’s research focuses on the analysis of social and political factors that can affect uptake of health interventions and influence policies. Her particular interest is on risk and rumour management from clinical trials to delivery – and building public trust.  She served on the FDA Medical Countermeasure (MCM) Emergency Communication Expert Working Group, and is currently Principle Investigator for a global study on acceptance of vaccination during pregnanct; an EU-funded (EBODAC) project on the deployment, acceptance and compliance of an Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone; and a global study on Public Sentiments and Emotions Around Current and Potential Measures to Contain and Treat COVID-19.

 

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Centres

Vaccine Centre

Research

Research Area
Decision analysis
Health policy
Public health
Research : policy relationship
Risk
Social and structural determinants of health
Vaccines
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Global Health
Ethnography
Discipline
Anthropology
Policy analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Region
World

Selected Publications

Cross-Country Comparison of Public Awareness, Rumors, and Behavioral Responses to the COVID-19 Epidemic: Infodemiology Study.
Hou Z; Du F; Zhou X; Jiang H; Martin S; Larson H; Lin L
2020
Journal of medical Internet research
Factors that influence vaccination decision-making among pregnant women: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Kilich E; Dada S; Francis MR; Tazare J; Chico RM; Paterson P; Larson HJ
2020
PloS one
Keeping governments accountable: the COVID-19 Assessment Scorecard (COVID-SCORE).
Lazarus JV; Binagwaho A; El-Mohandes AAE; Fielding JE; Larson HJ; Plasència A; Andriukaitis V; Ratzan SC
2020
Nature medicine
\"Vaccines for pregnant women…?! Absurd\" - Mapping maternal vaccination discourse and stance on social media over six months.
Martin S; Kilich E; Dada S; Kummervold PE; Denny C; Paterson P; Larson HJ
2020
Vaccine
Psychometric properties of the adapted measles vaccine hesitancy scale in Sudan.
Sabahelzain MM; Dubé E; Moukhyer M; Larson HJ; van den Borne B; Bosma H
2020
PloS one
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