Dr Ruth Ponsford
BAhons MA PhD
15-17 Tavistock Place
I am a Research Fellow currently working with Professor Chris Bonell on a pilot cluster randomised trial of a new relationships and sex education programme for secondary schools that aims to prevent teenage pregnancy and improve sexual health. Prior to this, I worked with the School for Public Health Research at LSHTM (SPIR@L) on phase 1 & 2 of the Communities in Control (CiC) study, an independent evaluation of the impact on health inequalities and their social determinants of a major area-based community empowerment intervention called Big Local. http://sphr.nihr.ac.uk/health-inequalities/home/
Directly before joining in LSHTM in 2014, I worked for the Terence Higgins Trust (THT) managing opportunistic chlamydia and gonorrhoea screening among young people (aged 15-24) in health services in south west London. I have also worked on the monitoring and evaluation of various chlamydia screening initiatives throughout England for the charity Brook, who provide sexual health and wellbeing services for young people under 25.
I hold an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Sociology and a Masters in Social Research, both completed at Goldsmiths College, London. MY PhD, completed in 2012, qualitatively explored aspects of the experience of young mothers living in the city of Bristol, England.
I am seminar leader on the Principles of Social Research module and a tutor on the Msc Public Health. I am also a visiting lecturer on the MA in Childhood and Youth Studies at Sussex University and an Advanced Skills Tutor (AST) for the Brilliant Club, an charity that seeks to increase the number of children from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities.