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Dr Jenny Hall
74 Huntley Street
Medical School Building
Tel: 0203 108 2040
  • Principal Clinical Researcher Honorary Consultant
  • Reproductive Health
  • UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

Dr Jennifer Hall is a public health doctor with a PhD in Maternal Health and Epidemiology and a long-standing interest in reproductive and women's health. She is a mixed-methods researcher with skills in quantitative, qualitative and psychometric methodologies. She has national and international experience of working with clinical and public health colleagues, particularly around the measurement of pregnancy intention, preconception care and the detection and management of unplanned pregnancies. Her work aims to improve health and social outcomes for women of reproductive age around the world.

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While completing public health specialty training, 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.

Dr Hall has now been awarded a prestigious NIHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship, starting in January 2018. During this work she will be 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.

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.

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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