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Dr Ruth Ponsford

BAhons MA PhD

Research Fellow

Room
219

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
0207 958 8101

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.

 

Affiliations

Department of Health Services Research and Policy
Department of Population Health
Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Centres

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

Teaching

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.

Research

Research Area
Complex interventions
Health inequalities
Public health
Sexual health
Adolescent health
Equity
Evaluation
Evidence use
Ethnography
Methodology
Qualitative methods
Reproductive health
Education
Discipline
Anthropology
Sociology
Social Sciences
Social Policy
Country
United Kingdom

Selected Publications

Fast-food, everyday life and health: A qualitative study of 'chicken shops' in East London.
Thompson, C. ; Ponsford, R. ; Lewis, D. ; Cummins, S. ;
2018
Appetite
Study protocol for the optimisation, feasibility testing and pilot cluster randomised trial of Positive Choices: a school-based social marketing intervention to promote sexual health, prevent unintended teenage pregnancies and address health inequalities in England.
Ponsford, R. ; Allen, E. ; Campbell, R. ; Elbourne, D. ; Hadley, A. ; Lohan, M. ; Melendez-Torres, G.J. ; Mercer, C.H. ; Morris, S. ; Young, H. ; Bonell, C. ;
2018
Pilot Feasibility Stud
Putting context centre stage: evidence from a systems evaluation of an area based empowerment initiative in England
Orton, L.; Halliday, E.; Collins, J.; Egan, M.; Lewis, S.; Ponsford, R.; Powell, K.; Salway, S.; Townsend, A.; Whitehead, M.; Popay, J.
2017
Critical Public Health
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