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  • HEFCE-NHS Senior Clinical Lecturer/Honorary in Primary Care
  • Primary Care & Population Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Julia is a senior researcher and a medical doctor:

1) Associate Professor in Primary Care at the University College London e-Health Unit (www.ucl.ac.uk/iehc/research/primary-care-and-population-health/research/ehealth)

2) Specialty Doctor in Community Sexual Health in South East London (www.lewishamandgreenwich.nhs.uk/sexual-health-lewisham). 

Julia has expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methodology, including epidemiology, randomised controlled trials and qualitative methods including discourse analysis. 

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Completed research projects:

Contraception Choices website

The Contraception Choices website is an evidence-based, tailored website for contraception decision-making. www.contraceptionchoices.org 

The Men's Safer Sex website - intervention development, and pilot trial in three sexual health clinics. Funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/projects/hta/1013101

Digital media, sexual health and young people - scoping review. Funded by the National Institute for Health Research Public Health Research Programme. http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/projects/phr/11300904

The Sexunzipped website for sexual  health for young people - online trial and qualitative evaluation. Funded by the Medical Research Council.

Research Summary

The Internet and mobile phones for sexual health promotion

Sexual health promotion is a huge global public health challenge, for example sexually transmitted infections, HIV, sexual abuse and sexual difficulties. Clinicians and patients may have reservations about raising sexual health issues, and health services are very pressurised. The scale of the problem calls for innovations in health promotion and service delivery via digital technologies.

Julia's research focuses on the development and evaluation of eHealth interventions for sexual health promotion. This theme also encompasses the design and conduct of online research methods.

Defining sexual wellbeing

Public health interventions have traditionally defined sexual health in mainly physical/biological  terms (e.g. pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection). The World Health Organisation concept of sexual wellbeing goes beyond physical health to include social and psychological wellbeing. This broader definition more closely reflects the complexity of sexual health, and patients' priorities. Julia's research focuses on the conceptual development and practical operationalisation of sexual wellbeing in sexual health intervention design and evaluation.

Understanding the complexity of sexual health consultations

Discussions ab out sexual health may be difficult for patients and for clinicians because of unspoken inferences about patients’ sexual behaviour, risk and identity. Advice for clinicians about how to discuss risk reduction is often quite general, for example to ‘avoid being judgemental’, but it is not clear how best to approach this. Discourse analysis can help to understand delicate communicative problems, identifying the intricate features of ‘successful’ and ‘unsuccessful’ communication.

Enquiries from prospective students are welcome, on the topics of

1) Sexual health 
2) Defining and measuring sexual wellbeing
3) Understanding sexual health consultations

Teaching Summary

Medical students - sexual health in primary care, systematic reviews and meta-analyses

Sexual health online - workshop for clinicians and academics
Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare - primary trainer in clinical practice

BSc, MSc and PhC student supervision 

E-learning module - 'Asking clinical questions'.  e-learning for Healthcare project: www.e-lfh.org.uk

UCL Qualitative Research Methods in Health - joint course organiser www.ucl.ac.uk/lifelearning/courses/qualitative-research-methods-health 

  • Day 1: Understanding qualitative methods
  • Day 2: Designing a topic guide and in-depth interviewing
  • Day 3: Focus groups in qualitative research - theory and practice
  • Day 4: Qualitative data analysis
  • Day 5: Designing a qualitative study
  • Appointments
    18-MAR-2011 Clinical Senior Lecturer Primary Care and Population Health, UCL HEFCE-NHS, United Kingdom
    01-JUN-2009 Speciality doctor in sexual health Community Sexual Health Homerton University Hospital, United Kingdom
    Academic Background
    2007   Doctor of Philosophy King's College London
    1996   Postgraduate Diploma Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
    1993   Postgraduate Diploma To be updated
    1992   Postgraduate Certificate To be updated
    1989   Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
    1988   Intercalated Bachelor of Science (Honours) Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
        ATQ08 - Accredited as a teacher of their subject by a professional UK body  
    2002   Master of Science London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
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