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PPIE Coordinator & Research Fellow
Theme 3 - Vaccine delivery and confidence
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Dr. Pauline Paterson is a Research Fellow and co-lead of The Vaccine Confidence Project with Dr. Heidi Larson at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.
The Vaccine Confidence Project conducts global research on vaccine confidence, examining local and global dynamics which influence vaccine decision-making. Dr. Paterson, together with Dr. Larson, established a global, internet-based information surveillance system on public concerns around vaccines and vaccination programmes. The Vaccine Confidence research group has also been conducting qualitative research on specific vaccine confidence issues and risk perceptions globally since 2010.
Analyses include HPV vaccine acceptance in India and Japan, a systematic review on public trust in vaccination, and a literature review on acceptance of vaccines during pregnancy.
Dr. Paterson is a member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Immunisation in partnership with Public Health England. Specific activities include qualitative analysis of parental reasons for not vaccinating their child with influenza vaccine in England and factors influencing vaccination uptake among ethnic minorities during pregnancy in England.
Dr Paterson has a PhD in Epidemiology, an MBA, and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.