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Ms Rebecca Meiksin

Research Fellow

United Kingdom

My background is in reproductive health, gender-based violence, and research and evaluation with a focus on qualitative methods.

After completing my Masters of Public Health in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice at the University of Washington (2011), I joined the Policy & Research Group, where I evaluated programmes addressing homelessness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and reproductive health in the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

Before joining LSHTM, I worked in Ethiopia as an Allan Rosenfield Global Health Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Based in the HIV Prevention Branch, I co-led the qualitative fieldwork for a study of HIV risk among truck drivers and female sex workers (FSWs). I also worked with clinics that serve FSWs, assessing the clinics' needs for violence prevention and response and supporting the development of a new electronic medical record and surveillance system.

Other past work includes research on racial disparities in U.S. veterans' healthcare and a study of relationships between domestic violence and maternal and birth outcomes in East Timor.

Affiliations

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

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health

Teaching

I tutor and supervise theses for MSc Public Health students and teach on the Applied Communicable Disease Control module, which uses a student-led "problem-based learning" approach.

Research

My areas of research interest broadly include social and gender norms, violence, adolescent health, LGBTQ+ health and sexual and reproductive health. My PhD research focuses on the role of social and gender norms in the prevention of violence in young people's dating and relationships.

My current work focuses on two projects: Positive Choices is a randomised controlled trial of a relationships and sex education programme in UK secondary schools. The SACHA Study is a large, mixed-methods study that draws on international evidence to inform the reconfiguration of abortion provision in the UK.

Past projects include a process evaluation of a policy to restrict the advertisement of high fat, sugar and salt products; and systematic reviews in the areas of sex workers' health, e-Health interventions to improve health among men who have sex with men, and social norms, attitudes and beliefs underlying child sexual exploitation.

Research Area
Qualitative research
Evaluation
Social science (general)
Gender-based violence
Adolescent health
Gender
Sexual health
Global health
Behaviour change
Public health
Reproductive health
Social and structural determinants of health
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Sexually transmitted infections
Country
Ethiopia
United Kingdom
United States of America
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
North America

Selected Publications

The Positive Choices trial: update to study protocol for a phase-III RCT trial of a whole-school social-marketing intervention to promote sexual health and reduce health inequalities.
PONSFORD, R; MEIKSIN, R; ALLEN, E; Melendez-Torres, GJ; Morris, S; Mercer, C; Campbell, R; Young, H; Lohan, M; Coyle, K; BONELL, C;
2022
Trials
E-health interventions targeting STIs, sexual risk, substance use and mental health among men who have sex with men: four systematic reviews
MEIKSIN, R; Melendez-Torres, GJ; MINERS, A; FALCONER, J; Witzel, TC; WEATHERBURN, P; BONELL, C;
2022
Public Health Research
Restricting the advertising of high fat, salt and sugar foods on the Transport for London estate: Process and implementation study.
MEIKSIN, R; ER, V; Thompson, C; Adams, J; Boyland, E; Burgoine, T; CORNELSEN, L; De Vocht, F; Egan, M; Lake, AA; Lock, K; Mytton, O; White, M; YAU, A; CUMMINS, S;
2021
Social science & medicine (1982)
Cognitive interviews with adolescents in England to develop survey items measuring social norms relating to sexual behaviour, dating and relationship violence and gender
MEIKSIN, R; Ponsford, R; Bonell, C;
2020
Third LINEA Biennial Meeting
eHealth Interventions to Address Sexual Health, Substance Use, and Mental Health Among Men Who Have Sex With Men: Systematic Review and Synthesis of Process Evaluations.
MEIKSIN, R; Melendez-Torres, GJ; FALCONER, J; Witzel, TC; WEATHERBURN, P; BONELL, C;
2020
Journal of medical Internet research
Systematic review of social norms, attitudes, and factual beliefs linked to the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents.
BULLER, AM; PICHON, M; MCALPINE, A; CISLAGHI, B; Heise, L; MEIKSIN, R;
2020
Child Abuse & Neglect
Implementing a whole-school relationships and sex education intervention to prevent dating and relationship violence: evidence from a pilot trial in English secondary schools
MEIKSIN, R; Campbell, R; Crichton, J; Morgan, GS; Williams, P; Willmott, M; TILOUCHE, N; PONSFORD, R; Barter, CA; Sweeting, H; Taylor, B; Young, H; Melendez-Torres, GJ; McNaughton Reyes, HL; BONELL, C;
2020
Sex Education
Sexual health of adolescent girls and young women in Central Uganda: exploring perceived coercive aspects of transactional sex.
KYEGOMBE, N; MEIKSIN, R; Wamoyi, J; HEISE, L; Stoebenau, K; BULLER, AM;
2020
Sexual and reproductive health matters
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