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Dr Pauline Paterson

BSc MSc PhD MBA

Research Fellow

Room
Room G83

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0)20 7927 2830

I am co-director of The Vaccine Confidence Project team with Dr Heidi Larson.

I have been researching issues of public confidence in immunisations since 2010. Specific research activities include qualitative analysis of parental reasons for not vaccinating their child with influenza vaccine in England, analysis of concerns surrounding HPV vaccine in India and Japan, and a systematic review on public trust in vaccination.

I am a member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Immunisation in partnership with Public Health England.

I have also researched HIV risk perception in sub-Saharan Africa, and feasibility and acceptability of PrEP in Kenya, and carried out a systematic review on conceptualizations of uncertainty and risk, and implications for uptake and use of biomedical HIV prevention technologies in sub-Saharan Africa.

I have a PhD in Epidemiology, an MBA, and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London. My MBA project consisted of two systematic reviews and a case study in Thailand, in collaboration with WHO, exploring health system preparedness to changes in malaria and dengue fever epidemiology as a result of climate change.

Affiliations

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Centres

Vaccine Centre

Teaching

I am the main supervisor of a PhD student researching social and cognitive factors underlying vaccine uptake and refusal in pregnant women. This PhD research involves a range of studies focussing on the interaction between trust of pregnant women in health care professionals and official educational materials, and the active searching for additional information when making the decision to vaccinate during pregnancy.

I am an associate supervisor of a PhD student researching factors influencing vaccination uptake among ethnic minorities during pregnancy in England. This PhD research involves a literature review of factors leading to poor uptake of vaccines in pregnant women, focusing on maternal acceptability, concerns and trust, and in-depth interviews with pregnant women and health care workers about reasons for non-vaccination during pregnancy.

I have supervised MSc summer projects and tutored students from MSc Control of Infectious Diseases. I have also supervised students externally at Imperial College London and at The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Geneva.

I am a seminar leader for the MSc modules 'Applied Communicable Disease Control' and  'Issues in Public Health'.

I have given lectures and seminars at LSHTM, Imperial College London, University College London, the University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health in Germany, and the International Vaccine Institute in South Korea.

Research

More details about the Vaccine Confidence Project can be found here.

Research Area
Climate change
Decision analysis
Vaccines
Ethnography
Discipline
Anthropology
Vaccinology
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Infectious disease

Selected Publications

Measuring vaccine confidence: analysis of data obtained by a media surveillance system used to analyse public concerns about vaccines.
Larson, H.J.; Smith, D.M.; Paterson, P.; Cumming, M.; Eckersberger, E.; Freifeld, C.C.; Ghinai, I.; Jarrett, C.; Paushter, L.; Brownstein, J.S.; Madoff, L.C.;
Lancet Infect Dis
Opportunities and challenges of Web 2.0 for vaccination decisions.
Betsch, C. ; Brewer, N.T. ; Brocard, P. ; Davies, P. ; Gaissmaier, W. ; Haase, N. ; Leask, J. ; Renkewitz, F. ; Renner, B. ; Reyna, V.F. ; Rossmann, C. ; Sachse, K. ; Schachinger, A. ; Siegrist, M. ; Stryk, M. ;
Vaccine
The role of publics in the introduction of new vaccines.
Paterson, P. ; Larson, H.J. ;
Health Policy Plan
Addressing public questioning and concerns about vaccination in South Africa: a guide for healthcare workers.
Burnett, R.J. ; Larson, H.J. ; Moloi, M.H. ; Tshatsinde, E.A. ; Meheus, A. ; Paterson, P. ; François, G. ;
Vaccine
Eradicating polio: persisting challenges beyond endemic countries.
Larson, H.J. ; Paterson, P. ;
Expert Rev Vaccines
The India HPV-vaccine suspension.
Larson, H.J.; Brocard, P.; Garnett, G.;
Lancet
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