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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 Professor of Health and Community Psychology at the University of Southampton.

My research over the past 30 plus 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 well over 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 (Safe Passages to Adulthood, 1999 to 2005) (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 was 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 the research advisor on the Government’s Independent Advisory Group for the Teenage Pregnancy Unit (1990 to 2001) and sat on the Teenage Magazine Arbitration Panel for many years. He was a member of the core group involved in the development of the UK National Sexual Health and HIV Strategy (1988 to 1990)

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. All of our research and policy work is informed by an approach that focuses on not just the sexual knowledge, attitudes and conduct of young people, but also the barriers to change and the opportunities for improvement at community and societal levels.

Work in Progress

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

Current and recent research projects include how parents respond to young children’s questions about bodies and babies (with Nicole Stone), how psychologists and humanities researchers talk about pornography and its possible impact (with Alan McKee at UTS in Australia), factors associated with reductions in teenage conception rates in different English regions (with Katie Heap and Ann Berrington) novel ways to increase condom use (with Cynthia Graham and Nicole Stone) and other related issues.

Research group

Centre for Sexual Health Research (CSHR)

Affiliate research group

Centre for Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology (CCCAHP)

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

Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences.

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

I chair the Ethics Review Committee in the School of Psychology.

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I run (jointly with Professor Cynthia Graham) the year three UG module Social and Psychological Approaches to Understanding Sexual Health (PSYC3015) and matched PGT module (PSYC6056), 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 UG year two Empirical Studies module (PSYC2020).

Professor Roger Ingham
School of Psychology, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton SO17 1BJ
Phone number: (023) 8059 2587

Room Number : 44/4017

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