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Dr Jenny Hall
237B
74 Huntley Street
Medical School Building
WC1E 6AU
Tel: 0203 108 2040
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Appointment
  • Associate Professor Honorary Consultant
  • Reproductive Health
  • UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

Jennifer Hall is a Clinical Associate Professor and NIHR Advanced fellow at the UCL Institute for Women’s Health. She is an honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine at UCLH and PHE and has been working as a Senior Epidemiologist in PHE on COVID-19 since March 2020. She is a mixed-methods researcher with skills and expertise in quantitative, qualitative and psychometric methodologies and holds a PhD in Maternal Health and Epidemiology. She has national and international experience of working with clinical, public health and academic colleagues, particularly around the measurement of pregnancy intention, preconception care and the detection and management of unplanned pregnancies, bringing a lifecourse approach to reproductive health services and research. Her work on the measurement of pregnancy intention is internationally renowned, and she currently works with collaborators on every continent. Her work aims to improve health and social outcomes for women of reproductive age around the world. 

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Research Summary

Dr Hall was awarded a prestigious NIHR Advanced Fellowship which runs January 2018 - April 2023. During this work she is collaborating with clinical colleagues at UCLH on piloting the LMUP in antenatal care with a view to developing a national surveillance system for unplanned pregnancies, moving away from reliance on adhoc surveys or proxy measures such as abortions. She will also be evaluating new ways of assessing the future pregnancy intentions of non-pregnant women to inform discussions around either contraceptive use, to prevent unplanned pregnancies, or preconception advice for those thinking of trying for pregnancy. To date a cohort of over 1000 women of reproductive age have been followed for a year and data from this cohort are now being analysed.

At the IfWH she has been involved in many research projects in the field of reproductive and maternal health, including as the lead for the qualitative component of the VESPA study of early pregnancy assessment units. She has worked as an independent consultant for LSHTM on maternal Group B Streptococcal disease and for IPPF and Population Council on a rights based approach to family planning services.


Previously, Dr Hall was awarded a highly competitive Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship. During this Fellowship, Dr Hall completed a PhD in Malawi, investigating the relationships between pregnancy intention and maternal and neonatal outcomes.This research validated the London Measure of Unplanned Pregnancy in the Chichewa language, and made it freely available for use. Dr Hall then established a new, community-based cohort of over 4000 pregnant women, working with the MaiMwana Project in Mchinji District. This cohort has been used to describe the prevalence and determinants of unplanned pregnancy in this setting, and to investigate the relationships between pregnancy intention and outcomes such as postnatal depression, birthweight, stillbirth and neonatal death. Simultaneously Dr Hall conducted qualitative work to explore issues around access to and uptake of postpartum contraception; a key strategy in preventing unplanned pregnancy.



Teaching Summary

Dr Jennifer Hall is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, a recognised Higher Education teaching qualification. She has co-run the Global Maternal and Child Health module at UCL's Institute for Global Health for undergraduate students since 2012, having been involved in the module for two years prior to that (and having participated as a student in 2004!). The module takes a life course approach to global maternal and child health, introducing students to the key topics from newborn care, through adolescents to reproductive and maternal health. Underlying determinants such as women's empowerment, education, gender and poverty run through the module, as does developing an understanding of the political context of policy making in this area. In addition, Dr Hall has supervised undergraduate and postgraduate theses and has lectured and facilitated on other modules in the Institute for Global Health, the Institute for Women's Health and for medical students.

Appointments
01-SEP-2020 Clinical Associate Professor Reproductive Health Research Institute for Women's Health, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2015   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2005   Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery University of Manchester
2005   Master of Science London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2004   Bachelor of Science University College London
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