Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care

Prof Jo Waller

Prof Jo Waller

Honorary Visiting Professor

Epidemiology & Public Health

Institute of Epidemiology & Health

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2019

Research summary

My main research interests are as follows:

Psychosocial aspects of cervical screening, HPV testing and vaccination - including barriers to screening, psychological impact of HPV testing and predictors of vaccine uptake.

Informed decision-making in cancer screening - aiming to better understand the impact that information on risks and benefits of screening has on screening intentions and participation, as well as public preferences for informed decision-making.

Symptomatic presentation - focusing on responses to gynaecological symptoms that could be indicative of cancer, and predictors of help-seeking.

Teaching summary

PhD supervision

Teaching on the MSc Health Psychology course


Jo completed her undergraduate degree at Exeter University and was awarded a first class BA honours degree in Psychology with European Study (French) in 1997.  She joined UCL in 1998 and worked as a research assistant while completing her Health Psychology MSc (Distinction) which was awarded in 2000.  After working on a 6 month project with Professor John Weinman at KCL, she returned to the Health Behaviour Research Centre in 2001 to begin her PhD on the psychological implications of the viral aetiology of cervical cancer.  Her PhD was awarded in 2005.  Jo obtained MRC/ESRC post-doctoral fellowship funding to continue her work on HPV and cervical cancer until 2008, and then worked as a senior research psychologist on Jane Wardle's Cancer Research UK programme grant. She now holds a Career Development Fellowship from Cancer Research UK, aimed at using behavioural science to increase participation in cervical cancer prevention programmes.