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Melissa Palmer

BSc MSc PhD

Research Fellow

Room
148

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
020 7612 7917

I joined LSHTM in 2009 to undertake the MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research. I then completed my PhD examining the circumstances of first sexual intercourse among young people in Britain. I have since worked at the school as a Research Fellow, contributing to analyses of data from the National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal). I am currently working on various projects, including a randomised controlled trial of a safer sex intervention delivered through mobile phone messaging, led by Professor Caroline Free.

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Population Health

Teaching

I teach on the Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health, Foundations in Reproductive Health, Research Design and Analysis, and Analysing Survey and Population Data modules. I am also a tutor for the Basic Statistics for Clinical Trials (Distance Learning Module), and a personal tutor for the Reproductive and Sexual Health Research MSc.

Research

Current and recent research includes:

1. safetxt: A randomised controlled trial of an intervention delivered by mobile phone messaging to reduce sexually transmitted infections (STI) by increasing sexual health precaution behaviours in young people. PI: Professor Caroline Free

2. Analyses of Natsal data: I continue to work on various analyses of data from the National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal), which have been carried out in Britain every 10 years since 1990.

3. Global Study of Sexual Behaviour: this project is bringing together data from over 60 countries worldwide in order to examine patterns and trends in sexual behaviour over time. PIs: Professor Kaye Wellings and Dr Emma Slaymaker

4. Systematic reviews: I have worked on various systematic reviews examining the effect of mHealth interventions on health behaviours and outcomes.

Research Area
Public health
Sexual health
Social and structural determinants of health
Statistical methods
Systematic reviews
Adolescent health
Behaviour change
Mixed methods
Randomised controlled trials
Reproductive health
Discipline
Demography
Epidemiology
Statistics
Disease and Health Conditions
Sexually transmitted infection

Selected Publications

Safetxt: a safer sex intervention delivered by mobile phone messaging on sexually transmitted infections (STI) among young people in the UK - protocol for a randomised controlled trial.
Free C; McCarthy OL; Palmer MJ; Knight R; Edwards P; French R; Baraitser P; Hickson FCI; Wellings K; Roberts I
2020
BMJ OPEN
Targeted client communication via mobile devices for improving maternal, neonatal, and child health.
Palmer MJ; Henschke N; Bergman H; Villanueva G; Maayan N; Tamrat T; Mehl GL; Glenton C; Lewin S; Fønhus MS
2020
The Cochrane database of systematic reviews
Targeted client communication via mobile devices for improving sexual and reproductive health.
Palmer MJ; Henschke N; Villanueva G; Maayan N; Bergman H; Glenton C; Lewin S; Fønhus MS; Tamrat T; Mehl GL
2020
The Cochrane database of systematic reviews
A cohort study of the service-users of online contraception.
Rezel-Potts E; Palmer MJ; Free C; Baraitser P
2020
BMJ sexual & reproductive health
Trends in sexual activity and demand for and use of modern contraceptive methods in 74 countries: a retrospective analysis of nationally representative surveys.
Slaymaker E; Scott RH; Palmer MJ; Palla L; Marston M; Gonsalves L; Say L; Wellings K
2020
The Lancet Global Health
Help-seeking for genitourinary symptoms: a mixed methods study from Britain's Third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3).
Mapp F; Wellings K; Mercer CH; Mitchell K; Tanton C; Clifton S; Datta J; Field N; Palmer MJ; Hickson F
2019
BMJ Open
The service-users of online contraception: a cohort study
Rezel-Potts E; Palmer MJ; Free C; Baraitser P
2019
LANCET
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