Research Degree Student
15-17 Tavistock Place
I have a BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience from the University of Sheffield and a MSc in Public Health from LSHTM. My ESRC-funded PhD research uses Natsal-3 data to look at the comparative stigma of STIs including HIV, and non-attendance at healthcare services in the UK.
I have previously worked for the London Sexual Health Programme (NHS) coordinating commissioning of sexual health services across London and project managing the Department of Health 'Improving Access to Contraception' commissioned work. I led work around sexual health planning for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
Whilst undertaking my masters part-time, I worked as a Research Assistant at Queen Mary, University of London and subsequently at LSHTM on the national evaluation of the Healthy Towns Programme funded by the Department of Health. This included a descriptive overview of the programme using a behaviour change framework and research around public health in the planning agenda.
I have a broad interest in public health but primarily my research interests are in sexual health, particularly STIs and health services. I use mixed methods with dominant qualitative components to understand stigma and other perceptions of STIs and how this affects healthcare-seeking behaviour.