• Clinical Associate Professor, Global Health

United States

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Biography 

Dr. Heidi J. Larson is an anthropologist and Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project (VCP); Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, LSHTM; Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Global Health, University of Washington; and Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security Fellow. Dr. Larson previously headed Global Immunisation Communication at UNICEF, chaired GAVI’s Advocacy Task Force, and served on the WHO SAGE Working Group on vaccine hesitancy. The VCP is a WHO Centre of Excellence on addressing Vaccine Hesitancy.

Dr. Larson’s research focuses on the analysis of social and political factors that can affect uptake of health interventions and influence policies. Her particular interest is on risk and rumour management from clinical trials to delivery – and building public trust. She served on the FDA Medical Countermeasure (MCM) Emergency Communication Expert Working Group, and is Principle Investigator of the EU-funded (EBODAC) project on the deployment, acceptance and compliance of an Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone.

Education 
  • PhD (University of California (Berkeley))
  • MA (University of California (Berkeley))
Languages 
  • French
  • Hindi
Health Topics 
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Digital Media
  • Ebola
  • HPV
  • Immunizations
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Metrics and Evaluation
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 
Publications 

Larson HJ, et al. The State of Vaccine Confidence 2016: Global Insights Through a 67-Country Survey EBioMedicine · September 2016 DOI: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2016.08.042

A. de Figueiredo, I.G., D.M.D. Smith, S. Agarwal, H. Larson* and N.S. Jones*. Forecasting time-series trends in vaccination coverage and their links with socio-economic factors: A global analysis over 30 years. Lancet Global Health. 2016 4(10):e726-35.

Larson HJ, et al. Measuring vaccine hesitancy: The development of a survey tool Vaccine. 2015. S0264-410X(15)00501-0.

Larson HJ, Schulz WS, Tucker JD, Smith DMD. Measuring Vaccine Confidence: Introducing a Global Vaccine Confidence Index. PLoS Curr Outbreaks. 2015 Feb 25.

Larson HJ, et al. Understanding vaccine hesitancy around vaccines and vaccination from a global perspective: a systematic review of published literature, 2007-2012. Vaccine. 2014 Apr 17; 32(19):2150-9. 2.