Current Work

My PhD project and Continuing Professional Development

Research at the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit

My project

Rates of teenage pregnancy have decreased in Scotland, England and Wales in recent years. Similar declines are noted in other countries. Across the academic, grey and popular literature, a number of causes of the reducing rate have been proposed. These include the availability of long acting reversible contraception (LARC), the adoption of effective teenage pregnancy strategies, and an increase in the proportion of young women staying on in post-compulsory education.

Disentangling the causes, estimating their contributions to the decline, and how this varies between countries, is important for the development of public health policy. Should governments invest in campaigns to reduce teenage pregnancy, or should effort be focused on making LARC widely available, or on encouraging 16-17 year old women to remain in full-time education?

Possible causes of changes in teenage pregnancy rates will be identified from a systematic review. Alternative explanations will be tested using information on trends in pregnancy rates and on exposure to public health policies and other possible causes across a range of countries with comparable data.

For a quick outline, you can watch my ‘3 Minute Thesis’ summary below:

Latest Posts

R in Public Health Workshop
R in Public Health Workshop

On the 28th of May we delivered a four-part workshop on using R in Public Health. You can find all course materials on the GitHub Page and the workshop sessions on YouTube. Below is the Shiny session which I co-delivered.

Colalborating Internationally as an academic... and a Westerner
Why Aren't Today's Teens Getting Pregnant?
Why Aren't Today's Teens Getting Pregnant?

Originally posted here at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit blog. With thanks to Enni for permission to reuse!