Rebecca Meiksin


Research Fellow
in Social Science

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2893

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.


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


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


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.


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: Project Respect 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' helath, 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
Public health
Social and structural determinants of health
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Global Health
Qualitative methods
Reproductive health
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Sexually transmitted infection
United Kingdom
Euro area
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

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
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
Social science & medicine (1982)
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
Child Abuse & Neglect
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
Sexual and reproductive health matters
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
Sex Education
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
Journal of medical Internet research
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
Protocol for pilot cluster RCT of project respect: a school-based intervention to prevent dating and relationship violence and address health inequalities among young people.
Meiksin R; Allen E; Crichton J; Morgan GS; Barter C; Elbourne D; Hunt K; Melendez-Torres GJ; Morris S; Reyes HLMN
Pilot and Feasibility Studies
Defending evidence informed policy making from ideological attack.
Bonell C; Meiksin R; Mays N; Petticrew M; McKee M
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
Associations between sex work laws and sex workers' health: A systematic review and meta-analysis of quantitative and qualitative studies.
Platt L; Grenfell P; Meiksin R; Elmes J; Sherman SG; Sanders T; Mwangi P; Crago A-L
PLOS Medicine
Domestic violence, marital control, and family planning, maternal, and birth outcomes in Timor-Leste.
Meiksin R; Meekers D; Thompson S; Hagopian A; Mercer MA
Maternal and child health journal
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