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Dr Alice Forster
1-19 Torrington Place
London
WC1E 6BT
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Appointment
  • Principal Research Fellow
  • Behavioural Science and Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

I started my research career during my undergraduate degree in psychology, when I spent a year working as a research assistant at UCL as part of an academic placement. Following my Masters in Health Psychology I did a PhD funded by a Dean's studentship at UCL looking at parents' attitudes towards HPV vaccination (a vaccine for the prevention of cancers caused by the human papillomavirus). I moved to King's College London for two post-doctoral positions, one looking at interventions to promote early presentation of breast cancer in older women (2010-2012) and one conducting epidemiological research into screening using electronic patient record datasets (2012-2014). I was also fortunate enough to be a Research Adviser for the NIHR Research Design Service during this time. In 2014 I returned to UCL with a Cancer Research UK post-doctoral Fellowship where myself and a research assistant have been attempting to understand why girls from some ethnic backgrounds have not received the HPV vaccine. As part of this research we have developed and conducted a preliminary test of an intervention to increase uptake (published in the British Journal of Cancer). Since 2018 I have also been part of the CanTest family, a Cancer Research UK Catalyst award, which aims to increase testing for cancer in primary care.

Research Groups
Research Summary

I am interested in why people do or do not access health services, including understanding their motivations and attitudes towards services, as well as wider societal barriers. I am an applied health psychology researcher, using quantitative (mainly surveys), and qualitative (focus groups and interviews) methodologies.

I am currently doing research that focuses on vaccination, particularly vaccination of under-immunised groups (individuals from some ethnic groups, and socio-economic backgrounds). I also do research in the context of diagnostic testing, namely patients' experiences of testing, and attitudes towards novel testing strategies.

Appointments
01-NOV-2014 Senior Research Associate Health Behaviour Research Centre UCL, United Kingdom
01-NOV-2014 Cancer Research UK - BUPA Cancer Prevention Fellow Health Behaviour Research Centre UCL, United Kingdom
01-JUL-2012 – 31-OCT-2014 Research associate Primary Care and Public Health Sciences King's College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2010 – 01-JUL-2012 Research worker Psychological Medicine King's College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2011   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2007   Master of Science King's College London
2006   Bachelor of Science University of Bath
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