School of Health Sciences and Social Work


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Louise Baxter

  • Qualifications: MSc Health Economics and Health Policy, BA (Hons) Politics and Society
  • Role Title: PhD Researcher
  • Address: James Watson West 2 King Richard 1st Road Portsmouth PO1 2FR
  • Telephone: 023 9284 4479
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  • Department: School of Health Sciences and Social Work
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I joined the Southampton Health Technology Assessment Centre (SHTAC) at the University of Southampton in 2003. I worked on topics ranging from treatment for hepatitis B, non-occupational post exposure prophylaxis for HIV and human growth hormone in children as a systematic reviewer. I have also contributed to Cochrane Reviews of human growth hormone in Turner syndrome and idiopathic short stature. During this time I completed an MSc in Health Economics and Health Policy at the University of Birmingham, and worked on projects as part of the health economics team in SHTAC encompassing treatments for Hepatitis C, and monitoring the depth of anaesthesia.

I then moved to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine from 2012 to 2014 as a research assistant in vaccine decision modelling. I was supporting multi-disciplinary national teams in low and middle income countries in using a cost-effectiveness model, along with epidemiological and cost data,  to assess the evidence for new childhood vaccines.

I joined the School of Health Sciences and Social Work in October 2014 as a full time PhD student.


I am currently undertaking a PhD focussing on wellbeing and quality of life in pregnancy and early motherhood. The project will look at whether there are any reasons for low or high levels of wellbeing or quality of life at this time, such as having lots of social support, or not having enough money to take part in certain activities.

The project will have both a quantitative phase , involving surveys of wellbeing, quality of life, and social support levels in pregnancy and early motherhood, and a qualitative phase, using online focus groups, and exploring womens' experiences of mental health and wellbeing in pregnancy and motherhood.