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Prof Jo Waller
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: 020 7679 5958
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  • Honorary Visiting Professor
  • Epidemiology & Public Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Jo completed her undergraduate degree at Exeter University and was awarded a first class BA honours degree in Psychology with European Study (French) in 1997.  She joined UCL in 1998 and worked as a research assistant while completing her Health Psychology MSc (Distinction) which was awarded in 2000.  After working on a 6 month project with Professor John Weinman at KCL, she returned to the Health Behaviour Research Centre in 2001 to begin her PhD on the psychological implications of the viral aetiology of cervical cancer.  Her PhD was awarded in 2005.  Jo obtained MRC/ESRC post-doctoral fellowship funding to continue her work on HPV and cervical cancer until 2008, and then worked as a senior research psychologist on Jane Wardle's Cancer Research UK programme grant. She now holds a Career Development Fellowship from Cancer Research UK, aimed at using behavioural science to increase participation in cervical cancer prevention programmes.

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Research Summary

My main research interests are as follows:

Psychosocial aspects of cervical screening, HPV testing and vaccination - including barriers to screening, psychological impact of HPV testing and predictors of vaccine uptake.

Informed decision-making in cancer screening - aiming to better understand the impact that information on risks and benefits of screening has on screening intentions and participation, as well as public preferences for informed decision-making.

Symptomatic presentation - focusing on responses to gynaecological symptoms that could be indicative of cancer, and predictors of help-seeking.

Teaching Summary

PhD supervision

Teaching on the MSc Health Psychology course

01-JAN-2015 Cancer Research UK Career Development Fellow Epidemiology & Public Health UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2014 Principal Research Associate Epidemiology & Public Health UCL, United Kingdom
MAY-2008 Senior Research Associate Epidemiology and Public Health UCL, United Kingdom
MAY-2005 – MAY-2008 MRC/ESRC Post-doctoral fellow Epidemiology and Public Health UCL, United Kingdom
APR-2001 – APR-2005 Research Psychologist Epidemiology and Public Health UCL, United Kingdom
SEP-2000 – MAR-2001 Research Psychologist Unit of Psychology Guy's, King's and St Thomas' Medical School, United Kingdom
APR-1998 – SEP-2000 Research Assistant Epidemiology and Public Health UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2005   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2000   Master of Science University College London
1997   Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Exeter
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