Dr Pauline Paterson


Assistant Professor

Room G83

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+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.


Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Vaccine Centre


I am module organiser for the MSc module 'Applied Communicable Disease Control' and seminar leader for the module '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.

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 was an associate supervisor to a PhD student who recently successfully completed her PhD on 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.


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

Research Area
Climate change
Decision analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease