Ana holds a PhD in behavioural medicine from Imperial College London (2016). Her work focuses on cognitive, attitudinal and social factors that affect how people make decisions, with application to different healthcare contexts and issues. Most of her research is translational in nature and has contributed to improve policy and practice. She has been part of multidisciplinary teams and has undertaken multi-country studies in close collaboration with leading academics from different fields.
She is currently working as a User Researcher at the Department for Work and Pensions.
In her previous roles, Ana has been the lead researcher on two multinational projects. The first aimed to assess the attitudes, preferences and future acceptability of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis – a novel HIV prevention method – among vulnerable populations, implementers and policy-makers in four sub-Saharan countries, Ukraine, Peru and Thailand (funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). The second sought to identify the socio-psychological determinants of influenza and tetanus adult vaccination in China, Brazil, India, the US, the UK and France (funded by the NIHR and Sanofi Pasteur).
She has also worked in Research on Research (Towards Outstanding Research Reviews project, funded by the Wellcome Trust) and in UK surgical environments evaluating distractions and the use of the surgical checklist in the OR, and undertaking research on the determinants of innovation adoption among senior colorectal surgeons.
Specialist media coverage of Ana's research includes:
/ Fear of the needle on The Biomedical Scientist
/ View on Gender: A menu of choices for HIV prevention on Sci Dev Net, Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention and the International Poverty Reduction Center in China
/ Preventing HIV infection with anti-HIV drugs in people at risk is cost-effective on Science Daily
/ Distractions in the OR increase surgeons’ stress on Vascular Specialist
et al., 2019, Variations in the Adoption of Healthcare Innovation: A Literature Review, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Economics and Finance
et al., 2018, Motors of influenza vaccination uptake and vaccination advocacy in healthcare workers: Development and validation of two short scales, Vaccine, Vol:36, ISSN:0264-410X, Pages:6540-6545
et al., 2017, Evaluating the importance of policy amenable factors in explaining influenza vaccination: a cross-sectional multinational study, Bmj Open, Vol:7, ISSN:2044-6055
et al., 2013, The Cost and Impact of Scaling Up Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV Prevention: A Systematic Review of Cost-Effectiveness Modelling Studies, Plos Med, Vol:10
et al., 2012, Views of policymakers, healthcare workers and NGOs on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP): a multinational qualitative study, Bmj Open, Vol:4
Barr N, Diamond P, 2008, Reforming Pensions: Principles and Policy Choices, OUP USA