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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Dr Laura Marlow, PhD; MSc; BSc; CPsychol


Senior Research Fellow



I joined the Centre for Cancer Prevention, Screening and Early Diagnosis in September 2023 after working in the Cancer Prevention Group at King’s College London. Prior to that, I spent 15 years in the department of Epidemiology & Public Health and Behavioural Science & Health at UCL. 

My current research aims to explore the implications of multi-cancer early detection (MCED) screening, including attitudes and acceptability of this approach to screening and psychological impact of results and diagnostic follow-up. I continue to collaborate on several cervical screening projects which explore barriers to participation, the acceptability of self-sampling and attitudes towards a choice of self- vs. clinician sampling.

I work with NHS policy departments and have supported the development of an HPV training module for sample takers as well as revised leaflets and web-content for the NHS Cervical Screening programme. I have been a member of the Research, Innovation and Development Advisory Committee (RIDAC) for several years and have recently joined the health equity workgroup of the US-based MCED consortium (MCED Consortium). 



Multi-cancer early detection tests for cancer screening: a behavioural science perspective.

Psychological Impact of the Galleri Test (sIG(n)al): Protocol for a longitudinal evaluation of the psychological impact of receiving a cancer signal in the NHS-Galleri Trial.

Acceptability of extending HPV-based cervical screening intervals from 3 to 5 years: An interview study with women in England.

Testing the content for a targeted age-relevant intervention to promote cervical screening uptake in women aged 50-64 years.

Patterns of anxiety and distress over 12 months following participation in HPV primary screening.


Hannah Drysdale (King’s College London; 2020-2025); Cancer Research UK; Using non-speculum approaches to reduce inequalities in cervical cancer screening

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