UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health


Dr Alice Forster

Dr Alice Forster


1-19 Torrington Place


  • Senior Research Fellow
    Behavioural Science and Health
    Institute of Epidemiology & Health

Joined UCL


Since 2008 the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer has been offered to 12-13 year old girls. While uptake has been good, it has been lower among some ethnic minority groups. The aim of my current research is to examine this disparity. Through my research I am developing and evaluating a theory- and evidence-informed complex intervention to increase uptake of the HPV vaccine among girls from Black and Asian minority ethnic backgrounds.

Award year Qualification Institution
2011 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Health Psychology
University College London
2007 MSc
Master of Science
Health Psychology
King's College London
2006 BSc
Bachelor of Science
University of Bath

I am funded by the Cancer Research UK-BUPA Cancer Prevention post-doctoral Fellowship (2014 to 2019), entitled Why are girls from Black and Asian minority ethnic backgrounds less likely to receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine? Developing and testing a complex psychological intervention to increase informed uptake.’ I gained a BSc in Psychology (University of Bath) and MSc in Health Psychology (Distinction, King’s College London), prior to completing my PhD in Health Psychology in 2011 at UCL, funded by a UCL Dean’s studentship (‘HPV vaccination and risky sexual behaviour’). Following my PhD I worked with Professor Amanda-Jane Ramirez (2010 to 2012, King’s College London) on a series of studies developing, trialling and implementing interventions to promote early presentation of breast cancer in older women. I then worked with Professor Martin Gulliford (2012 to 2014, King’s College London) conducting epidemiological research into screening using electronic patient record datasets and a randomised controlled trial of a health psychology intervention to promote uptake of the NHS Health Checks. Alongside this role I was a research adviser for the Research Design Service London.