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Senior Research Fellow
Behavioural Science and Health
Institute of Epidemiology & Health
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.
Doctor of Philosophy
|University College London|
Master of Science
|King's College London|
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.
- Developing and testing the feasibility and acceptability of a novel mobile phone app to increase habit strength for physical activity: the bank of good times.
- 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