Meet The Team
Dr Jennifer Hall
Jennifer Hall is a Principal Clinical Researcher and NIHR post-doctoral fellow. She is a Public Health Consultant by background, and is a mixed-methods researcher (quantitative, qualitative and psychometric methodologies) with a PhD in Maternal Health and Epidemiology. Currently her main focus is her NIHR-funded ‘P3 study’ on ‘Pregnancy Planning, Preparation and Prevention’ and she is leading the qualitative research component of the VESPA study. Jennifer works with Dr Barrett to advise people around the world on the validation, analysis and interpretation of the London Measure of Unplanned Pregnancy. She has over a decade’s experience of public health work and research in reproductive and women's health in the UK and worldwide.
Dr Geraldine Barrett
Geraldine Barrett, a Principal Research Associate, joined the team in 2017. Geraldine is a social scientist who has worked in public health/health services research since the early 1990s. Her research interests relate to women’s sexual and reproductive health and research methodology. She has skills in quantitative and qualitative methods, particularly survey techniques, psychometric measure development and validation, and depth interviewing applied to sensitive topics. She developed the London Measure of Unplanned Pregnancy (LMUP), which is now used internationally. Her current work primarily focuses on pregnancy planning, preconception health, and psychometric measurement evaluation, including ongoing methodological research on the LMUP.
Professor Judith Stephenson
Judith Stephenson is the Margaret Pyke Professor of Sexual & Reproductive Health at UCL and Programme Director for Maternal Health, UCL Partners (Academic Health Science Partnership). Judith’s research in sexual and reproductive health has changed policy and practice nationally and internationally, particularly in relation to chlamydia screening. Her current research focus is on improving use of contraception, how women plan and prepare for pregnancy and how early intervention can improve mother and child health across the life course. She received the UCL prize for Leadership in Public Engagement in 2012, an NIHR Senior Investigator Award in 2014 and Women of Achievement in Healthcare from Women in the City, 2015.
Anasztazia Gubijev is a Research Associate in Reproductive Health. She joined UCL in 2015 and has a background in psychology with an interest in sexual and reproductive health research using mixed methodologies. She is currently working on the Contraceptive Choices project to increase awareness of and satisfaction with contraception through a digital intervention. Her main roles on this project have been undertaking qualitative interviews and focus groups, contributing towards the design of the Contraception Choices website and being the trial manager by overseeing quantitative trial data collected. She has a Master's degree from Glasgow University in Psychological Studies and a Master's degree from Bath University in Health Psychology.
Sergio A Silverio
Sergio Silverio is a Research Assistant on the ‘VESPA’ study of Early Pregnancy Assessment Units (EPAUs) in the UK. For this study, he has undertaken in depth interviews with women who have used EPAUS in order to understand more about their experiences of the service. This qualitative aspect is one strand of a much larger NIHR funded VESPA study. Sergio is an academic Psychologist by background, with a research focus on the Psychology of Women. He has a Master’s degree in
Psychological Sciences (Clinical & Health Psychology) from the University of Liverpool.
Dr Bola Grace
Bola Grace is an Honorary Research & Teaching Fellow. She obtained her PhD in Population Health and Epidemiology, where she used quantitative and qualitative mixed-methods research to evaluate knowledge and awareness of fertility and reproductive health; socioeconomic factors influencing family building decisions and to identify improvement opportunities to enable men and women achieve their desired fertility intentions. Bola’s research interests lie in SRH, Digital Health, Health Economics, Translational Research and Global Health. She has over a decade's experience working on Women’s Health and in the Medical Device Industry.
Dilisha Patel is currently working on her PhD investigating how digital health interventions can support men whilst preparing for conception and fatherhood. She has a Master's degree from LSHTM in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research. Dilisha has been working with the SRH group in the research area of preconception care since 2012 and led the Start at the Beginning trial, which explored the use of a digital intervention to improve diet, nutrition and lifestyle behaviours in women preparing for conception. Dilisha is greatly interested in using mixed methods to explore how couples can improve their health before pregnancy.
Caitlin Bawn is currently pursuing a PhD, designing a digital intervention aimed to improve contraception choice, uptake and use in Botswana. After working on various health projects in India and Nepal alongside her undergraduate degree, she completed a fellowship with the Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting, exploring the relationship between HIV and cancer in Botswana, and the re-emergence of Victorian-era diseases among the UK’s homeless population. Caitlin has a MSc in International Relations from Bristol University, and an MS degree in Journalism, focusing on Global Health, from Boston University.
Annette Thwaites is an Academic Clinical Fellow in community sexual and reproductive health (CSRH) with research interests in immediate postnatal contraception and unplanned pregnancy. She is also a senior registrar in CSRH at Kings College Hospital, London. In 2018, she completed a clinical fellowship with Public Health England, exploring views of women and health care professionals on the provision of immediate postnatal contraception. Prior to studying graduate medicine, Annette worked as a business analyst for Andersen Business Consulting and Deloitte and has masters’ degrees in Engineering (Cambridge University) and Computing (Imperial College, London).
Carla Logon is PA to Professor Judith Stephenson and the Team Administrator for the Dept of Sexual and Reproductive Health. She has been in this position for 3 years and provides support to the team in all aspects of research project work.
Dr Zeynep Gurtin
Dr Zeynep Gurtin is a Lecturer at the Institute of Women’s Health. She is a reproductive sociologist, specialising in qualitative research on the social, ethical and relational aspects of assisted reproductive technologies. Her past research includes assisted reproduction in the Muslim Middle East; egg donation and egg-sharing; and cross-border reproductive care. Currently, her research focuses on ‘social’ egg freezing; single women using fertility services, and older motherhood, and in particular the ways in which these new reproductive choices are impacting our ideas around gender and intimate relationships, reproductive responsibilities and anxieties, and expectations and experiences of motherhood. Zeynep lectures both at UCL, and at the University of Cambridge (where she completed her PhD, and trained with Professor Susan Golombok and Professor Sarah Franklin). As well as academic articles, Zeynep also writes for The Guardian and is a regular contributor to media debates on assisted reproductive technologies.