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Clarissa Simas

BSc MSc

Research Fellow

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I am a Research Fellow for the Vaccine Confidence Project™ at LSHTM. I hold an MSc in Medical Anthropology from University College London (UCL) and a BSc in Psychology from University of Brasília. I specialise in qualitative methodology with a particular interest in behaviours and social interactions in outbreak settings. I act as the team lead for South and Central America fieldwork and research. In addition, I currently act as scientific coordinator for EBODAC (Ebola Vaccine Deployment and Acceptance) in West Africa, with a focus on community engagement and rumour management; as the research lead (fieldwork and analyses) of Brazil, Mexico and Panama for a Global study on attitudes towards Maternal Immunisation; as part of NIHR funded AViD (Anthropology of Vaccine Deployment) project, leading a case study in Brazil investigating impacts of the Zika outbreak in vaccine confidence. Together with Professor Heidi Larson, I am currently coordinating a Lancet Commission on the Emotional Determinants of Health, exploring how emotions can affect healthcare delivery, policy and ultimately health outcomes. I have previously investigated experiences of caregivers and healthcare professionals during the 2015/2016 Zika outbreak in Brazil, funded by the Wellcome Trust; and led the investigation of acceptance of social media HIV/STI prevention interventions amongst European youth, commissioned by the European Centre for Disease Control. In addition, I have at occasions participated in systematic reviews of literature also commissioned by this centre.  

Affiliations

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Centres

Vaccine Centre

Research

My research interests include (but not limited to): risk perception and decision making, trust and mistrust dynamics, vaccine confidence and hesitancy (with a particular focus in South America), outbreak preparedness and response, somatic reactions to vaccination. 

Research Area
Clinical trials
Complex interventions
Decision analysis
Health inequalities
Health policy
Infectious disease policy
Maternal health
Risk
Social and structural determinants of health
Systematic reviews
Vaccines
Disease control
Global Health
Ethnography
Immunisation
Inequalities
Outbreaks
Qualitative methods
Discipline
Anthropology
Psychology
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Pandemic diseases
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Tropical diseases
Vector borne disease
Zika
Country
Brazil
Colombia
United Kingdom
Mexico
Panama
Rwanda
Sierra Leone
Uganda
Region
European Union
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Vaccine safety in the next decade: why we need new modes of trust building.
Larson HJ; Sahinovic I; Balakrishnan MR; Simas C
2021
BMJ global health
Overcoming vaccine hesitancy in low-income and middle-income regions.
Simas C; Larson HJ
2021
Nature reviews. Disease primers
Hope and trust in times of Zika: the views of caregivers and healthcare workers at the forefront of the epidemic in Brazil.
Simas C; Penn-Kekana L; Kuper H; Lyra TM; Moreira MEL; de Albuquerque MDSV; de Araújo TVB; de Melo APL; Figueira Mendes CH; Nunes Moreira MC
2020
Health Policy and Planning
Prevention and control of HPV infection and HPV-related cancers in Colombia- a meeting report.
Vorsters A; Bosch FX; Bonanni P; Franco EL; Baay M; Simas C; Waheed D-E-N; Castro C; Murillo R; Trujillo L
2020
BMC Proceedings
Methods for Social Media Monitoring Related to Vaccination: Systematic Scoping Review (Preprint)
Karafillakis E; Martin S; Simas C; Olsson K; Takacs J; Dada S; Larson HJ
2019
JMIR public health and surveillance
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