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Professor Cicely Marston

BA (Hons) MSc PhD

Professor
of Public Health

Room
Rm 234

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 20 7927 2089

I lead the DEPTH research group which is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by investigating ways to ensure communities are included in the response, and specifically in improving the co-production of good sexual and reproductive health promotion and services in crisis settings.

My own research focuses on sexual and reproductive health, particularly of young people, and community participation in health. I have an overarching interest in interdisciplinarity and methodology, particularly in developing methods to investigate complex social interventions. 

I hold an undergraduate degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University, and from LSHTM a Medical Demography MSc, and an interdisciplinary PhD and postdoc in young people's sexual practice, participatory health promotion, and sexuality education, with fieldwork in Mexico City. I spent some time at Imperial College London conducting research and running a Public Health MSc, returning to LSHTM in 2005.

Affiliations

Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Public Health, Environments and Society

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre

Teaching

I teach on the following modules: Sociological Approaches to Health, Family Planning, Sexual Health, and Qualitative Methodologies. I supervise PhD and DrPH students.

Research

My research focuses on interdisciplinary work on sexual and reproductive health and community participation, sexual behaviour (including coercion), particularly of young people, transitions to adulthood, family planning, maternal and newborn health, complex public health interventions, and community participation in health. I also work with various external organisations, including the World Health Organization in these areas.

This sickle cell life: voices and experiences of young people with sickle cell is a project with young people, carers and clinicians to explore life and care transitions to adulthood for young people with sickle cell.

The sixteen 18 project examined young people's sexual practices and meanings attached to those practices.

I led the longstanding LSHTM partnership with CLAHRC for Northwest London, researching participation and engagement of patients and members of the the public in healthcare quality improvement and was technical lead on WHO recommendations on community participation in maternal and newborn health promotion. This combination of primarly empirical data collection and evidence synthesis work has helped inform the Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health.

Most of my papers are available open access, many via LSHTM research online. If you can't find the paper you need, please email me.

 

Research Area
Complex interventions
Health promotion
Public health
Quality improvement
Risk
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Systematic reviews
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Equity
Ethics
Evaluation
Evidence use
Gender
Global Health
Impact evaluation
Methodology
Mixed methods
Implementation research
Public understanding
Qualitative methods
Reproductive health
Violence
Discipline
Anthropology
Demography
Sociology
Social Sciences
Country
Bangladesh
United Kingdom
Ghana
Lebanon
Mexico
Mozambique
Nepal
Peru
Uganda
Region
World

Selected Publications

Preventing Intimate Partner Violence Among Young People—a Qualitative Study Examining the Role of Comprehensive Sexuality Education
Makleff S; Garduño J; Zavala RI; Barindelli F; Valades J; Billowitz M; Silva Márquez VI; Marston C
2019
Sexuality Research and Social Policy
Neglect of STIs and infertility undermines family planning programmes.
Marston C; Francis SC
2019
BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health
Community participation for transformative action on women's, children's and adolescents' health.
Marston C; Hinton R; Kean S; Baral S; Ahuja A; Costello A; Portela A
2016
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
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