Judith Stephenson is the Margaret Pyke Professor of Sexual & Reproductive Health at UCL and Programme Director for Maternal Health, UCL Partners (Academic Health Science Partnership). She holds honorary NHS consultant appointments in women’s health and public health at UCLH and Central North West London Foundation Trusts.
After training in medicine at Oxford University and University College Hospital London, she specialised in epidemiology and public health. Judith has a long track record of research in sexual & reproductive health, including trials of complex interventions and screening for sexually transmitted infections.
Her research has changed policy and practice, including EU guidance on chlamydia screening, and informed the RCOG’s strategy for women’s health care (2011), the RCP’s report on alcohol and sexual ill-health (2011) and CONSORT guidelines for non-drug randomised trials. Her current research focus is on improving use of contraception, how women plan and prepare for pregnancy and how early intervention can improve women and child health across the life course.
She received the UCL prize for Leadership in Public Engagement in 2012 and an NIHR Senior Investigator Award in 2014.