A Conversation with Heidi J. Larson, PhD
Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020 | 11 a.m. - 12 noon
Dean Ashish Jha will be joined in conversation by Professor Heidi Larson, anthropologist and international expert on risk and decision science for a survey of the factors—social, psychological, political, historical, and cultural—that influence attitudes to vaccines. She will also discuss the role that public health researchers play in dispelling rumors and misinformation in the era of COVID-19.
She is the founding director of The Vaccine Confidence Project, a WHO Centre of Excellence that tracks vaccine hesitancy and offers mechanisms to bridge trust and curb misinformation.
Larson's research focuses on the social and political factors that affect uptake of health interventions and influence policies. Her particular interests are risk and rumor management and building public trust. She is the author of Stuck: How Vaccine Rumors Start—and Why They Don't Go Away.
This event was originally scheduled for 10/28 but in observance of Yom Kippur has been rescheduled to October 1, 2020.