Hi my name is Richard, I am a current PhD student at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
My research looks at the information seeking behaviours of mothers as they make a vaccine decision during pregnancy. In my studies I apply research from the psychology of decision making, trust and the field of information science to quantitatively investigate how mothers engage in information gathering to aid decision making with respect to the pertussis vaccine currently offered during pregnancy.
I am currently based in the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health and I am associated with The Vaccine Confidence Project here at LSHTM. My PhD Supervisor is Dr Pauline Paterson and I am able to conduct this work thanks to funding from The Economic and Social Research Council.
Prior to starting this PhD I worked as a psychology lab technician where I aided in the design of psychology experiments, lectured in Health Psychology and ran seminars on an undergraduate psychology programme. In 2010 I received an MSc in Psychological Research Methods from The University of Exeter.