Dr Jennifer Hall

Principal Researcher
Email: P3-Study@ucl.ac.uk

Jennifer is a Associate Clinical Professor and NIHR Advanced 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’, as well as research on COVID-19 in Pregnancy and work for PHE on the epidemiology of COVID-19. 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. You can read more about her other research including her PhD research in Malawi click here.

Dr Geraldine Barrett

Principal Research Associate
Email: g.barrett@ucl.ac.uk

Geraldine, a Principal Research Associate, joined UCL 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

Research Group Lead
Email: judith.stephenson@ucl.ac.uk

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). She holds honorary NHS consultant appointments in women’s health and public health at UCLH and Central North West London Foundation Trusts.

After training in medicine at Oxford University and University College Hospital London, she specialised in epidemiology and public health. Judith has a long track record of research in sexual & reproductive health, including trials of complex interventions and screening for sexually transmitted infections.

Her research has changed policy and practice, including EU guidance on chlamydia screening, and informed the RCOG’s strategy for women’s health care (2011), the RCP’s report on alcohol and sexual ill-health (2011) and CONSORT guidelines for non-drug randomised trials. Her current research focus is on improving use of contraception, how women plan and prepare for pregnancy and how early intervention can improve women and child health across the life course.

She received the UCL prize for Leadership in Public Engagement in 2012 and an NIHR Senior Investigator Award in 2014.

Dr Corinne Rocca

Associate Professor, Epidemiologist

Corinne Rocca is an Epidemiologist at UCSF’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. Her research interests include prevention of unintended pregnancy, adolescent sexual behaviour, contraceptive use, pregnancy intentions, and latent variable measurement. Dr. Rocca’s research has focused on the measurement and significance of pregnancy intentions, including what influences young women’s attitudes towards pregnancy and the role of intentions and ambivalence in shaping contraceptive behaviour. She is particularly interested in using quantitative psychometric techniques, such as Item Response Theory, to improve measurement of latent variables, including attitudes and social norms. Her current work includes creating a valid measure of childbearing attitudes for use among diverse populations of adolescents and young women; using data from a nationally representative sample of unmarried young people to examine the roles of pregnancy ambivalence and fatalism on use of effective contraception; and examining barriers to safe abortion in Nepal.