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Prof Judith Stephenson
  • Margaret Pyke Professor of Reproductive and Sexual Health
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Inst for Women's Health
  • Faculty of Population Health Sciences
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Judith Stephenson is the Margaret Pyke Professor of Sexual & Reproductive Health at University College London and Director of the Women’s Health Programme, UCL Partners Academic Health Science Centre.  She holds Honorary Consultant appointments in Sexual & Reproductive Health and Women’s Health.  After training in medicine at Oxford University and University College Hospital London, she specialised in epidemiology and public health.  Her expertise is in the design, conduct, interpretation and application of epidemiological and health services research, including observational studies and randomised trials of clinical and complex (behavioural) interventions.   She has conducted research in sexual & reproductive health for over 17 years and was Principal Investigator on landmark peer-led intervention trials in the UK.   Her work has informed methodology, practice and policy, including the CONSORT Statement on trials of non-pharmacological interventions, NICE Guidance on Chlamydia screening, the National Audit Office report on Chlamydia Screening, the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy and Department of Health Recommendations for Sexual Health Services.  She has advised various national bodies including membership of the MRC Efficacy Mechanism & Evaluation Board and Chair of the NIHR CCRN National Specialty Group in Health Services Research.

On appointment to the Margaret Pyke Chair in 2005, she established a UK Contraceptive Research Network.  Her current research portfolio includes assessment of preconception care in England, application of web-based information systems to transform maternity services, epidemiological (data linkage) studies to evaluate screening for sexually transmitted infections, and health services research to reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy and abortion.   In relation to global health, her work aims to elucidate the controversial links between population and climate change.


Academic Background
1985 MBBS Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery University College London
1982 BA Bachelor of Arts University of Oxford
  MRCP Member of the Royal College of Physicians To be updated
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