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Professor Roger Ingham BSc, DPhil

Professor of Health and Community Psychology, Director of the Centre for Sexual Health Research

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Professor Roger Ingham is a Professor of Health and Community Psychology within Psychology at the University of Southampton.

My research over the past 30 years has improved understanding of the factors affecting sexual activities of young people and has been used to assist policy development in the fields of teenage pregnancy and STI reduction in the UK and other countries.

Professor Roger Ingham is Professor of Health and Community Psychology at the University of Southampton, and Director of the Centre for Sexual Health Research. His first degree was awarded by University College London, and his D Phil from Oxford University.

The Centre for Sexual Health Research has been established for almost 30 years, and carries out high quality research in the field of sexual conduct in the UK and in other countries; it is a multidisciplinary centre, involving a number of disciplines. Research has focused on sexual behaviour amongst young people, contraception use and decision making, risk perception, attitudes to services and sex education in school settings, exploring reasons for variations in abortion proportions, parent–child communication about bodies and reproduction, and other related topics. Studies have also been carried out in other European countries, and the Centre coordinated a large DfID funded programme of work in developing countries across the world (this programme also involved the Thomas Coram Research Unit at the Institute of Education and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, both of the University of London).

Professor Ingham has published widely on relevant topics and works closely with policy makers in this country and abroad. He has been for many years a regular advisor / consultant for the World Health Organisation on their reproductive health and AIDS programmes and for other international agencies, was a member of the former Government’s Independent Advisory Group for the Teenage Pregnancy Unit and sits on the Teenage Magazine Arbitration Panel. He was a member of the core group involved in the development of the UK National Sexual Health and HIV Strategy.






Research interests

As Director of the multi-disciplinary Centre for Sexual Health Research, I am involved in various projects concerning aspects of sexual conduct amongst young people. We have carried out research in risk-taking, social and cultural contexts of sexual activity, multilevel modelling of variations in rates of teenage conceptions by geographical area, perceptions, and use, of services for young people, comparative analyses of sexual conduct in European countries, the relationship between early sexual activity and service use, abortion decisions, and many other issues. I was a member of the Independent Advisory Group of the former Government's Teenage Pregnancy Unit. Between 1999 and 2005, we coordinated (with the LSHTM and the IoE) a large programme on sexual health amongst young people, funded by the Department of International Development, which involved working in poorer countries in Africa, Central Asia and South and Latin America. Of particular interest were not just the sexual knowledge, attitudes and conduct of young people, but also the barriers to change and the opportunities for improvement.


Work in Progress

We continue to carry out research in various aspects of sexual health and to attempt to apply results to policy issues.

We currently have a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust exploring how parents respond to questions about reproduction and sexual issues from very young children.

Current and previous research projects have included work on abortion, arousal and pleasure, contraceptive utilisation and STI prevention, early parenthood and teenage pregnancy, sex and relationships education in and out of school, sexual health service provisioning, outcomes of early parenting, and other related issues

Research group(s)

Centre for Sexual Health Research (CSHR)

Research project(s)

Early parenthood and teenage pregnancy

Projects investigating early parenthood and teenage pregnancy


Projects investigating the issue of abortion

Sexual wellbeing, functioning, arousal and pleasure

Projects investigating sexual agency

Contraceptive utilisation, condom use and STI prevention

There are many different forms of female contraception available, yet the condom is the only method that also protects men and women from sexually transmitted infections.

Sexuality education and sexual health literacy

The variety of levels and range of sources from which knowledge and attitudes to sex and sexuality are constructed and shaped

Sexual health service provisioning

Variations in provision of sexual health services and needs assessments in the UK

Outcomes of teenage parenthood for mothers, fathers and children

I chair the Ethics Committee for the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences, and the Psychology sub-committee.

I am on the editorial boards of the international journals Sex Education, Health Education, Aids Education and Prevention and Culture Health and Sexuality



Book Section(s)


I run (jointly with Dr Cynthia Graham) the year three UG course Social and Psychological Approaches to Understanding Sexual Health (PSYC3015), have a group of year one tutees, supervise year three projects, PhD students, Ed Psych and Clinical Psych doctoral students as well as contributing to the MSc in Health Psychology and the BM4 programme. I also co-convene an interdisciplinary module called Ethics in a Complex World.

Professor Roger Ingham
Building 44 Highfield Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 44/4017

Telephone: (023) 8059 2587
Facsimile: (023) 8059 4597

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