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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

The pandemic of social media panic travels faster than the COVID-19 outbreak.
Depoux A; Martin S; Karafillakis E; Preet R; Wilder-Smith A; Larson H
2020
Journal of Travel Medicine
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
The science of vaccine safety: Summary of meeting at Wellcome Trust.
Plotkin SA; Offit PA; DeStefano F; Larson HJ; Arora NK; Zuber PLF; Fombonne E; Sejvar J; Lambert PH; Hviid A
2020
Vaccine
Taking stock of vaccine hesitancy among migrants: a scoping review protocol.
Tankwanchi AS; Jaca A; Larson HJ; Wiysonge CS; Vermund SH
2020
BMJ open
Immunization: vital progress, unfinished agenda.
Piot P; Larson HJ; O'Brien KL; N'kengasong J; Ng E; Sow S; Kampmann B
2019
Nature
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