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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

Heidi J. Larson, PhD, is Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science and is the Founding Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She is also Clinical Professor of Health Metrics Sciences, 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 Principal Investigator for a global study on acceptance of vaccination during pregnancy; 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.   

She is author of STUCK: How Vaccine Rumors Start – and Why They Don’t Go Away  (Oxford U Press, 2020)

Heidi.Larson@lshtm.ac.uk

www.vaccineconfidence.org

@ProfHeidiLarson

Affiliations

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

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

Meningococcal carriage among Hajj pilgrims, risk factors for carriage and records of vaccination: a study of pilgrims to Mecca.
Alasmari A; Houghton J; Greenwood B; Heymann D; Edwards P; Larson H; Assiri A; Ben-Rached F; Pain A; Behrens R
2021
Tropical Medicine and International Health
Methods for Social Media Monitoring Related to Vaccination:
Systematic Scoping Review
Karafillakis E; Martin S; Simas C; Olsson K; Takacs J; Dada S; Larson H
2021
JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
Measuring the impact of COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on vaccination intent in the UK and USA.
Loomba S; de Figueiredo A; Piatek SJ; de Graaf K; Larson HJ
2021
Nature human behaviour
Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines.
Gostin LO; Salmon DA; Larson HJ
2020
JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
A global survey of potential acceptance of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Lazarus JV; Ratzan SC; Palayew A; Gostin LO; Larson HJ; Rabin K; Kimball S; El-Mohandes A
2020
NATURE MEDICINE
Mapping routine measles vaccination in low- and middle-income countries.
Local Burden of Disease Vaccine Coverage Collaborators
2020
Nature
Oral rehydration therapies in Senegal, Mali, and Sierra Leone: a spatial analysis of changes over time and implications for policy.
Wiens KE; Schaeffer LE; Sow SO; Ndoye B; Cain CJ; Baumann MM; Johnson KB; Lindstedt PA; Blacker BF; Bhutta ZA
2020
BMC MEDICINE
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