Dr Justin Pulford

Senior Lecturer

Justin completed a PhD in Behavioural Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2008. Prior to joining LSTM, Justin was a research fellow at the School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Australia on permanent secondment at the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR), Papua New Guinea (PNG).  While on secondment at the PNGIMR, Justin led the outcome and impact evaluation of the PNG National Malaria Control Program for the period 2010-2015 and was head of the PNGIMR’s Population Health and Demography Unit.

Justin’s current research activities focus on the design, measurement and evaluation of programmes designed to strengthen research capacity in low and middle income countries. In addition, he maintains a broad interest in implementation research designed to strengthen health systems, disease control programmes and community-based health improvement initiatives. 

Current projects and grants

Developing Expertise in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS), Learning Research Programme. Wellcome Trust and DFID

Support surveillance capacity for antimicrobial resistance: An analysis of approaches to laboratory capacity strengthening for drug resistant infections in low and middle income countries. Fleming fund.

Support surveillance capacity for antimicrobial resistance: regional networks and educational resources. Fleming Fund.

Selected publications

  • Hetzel MW, Morris H, Tarongka N, Barnadas C, Pulford J, Makita L, Siba PM & Mueller I. Prevalence of malaria across Papua New Guinea after initial roll-out of insecticide-treated mosquito nets. Tropical Medicine and International Health. 2015; 20(12)1745-55.

    Hetzel MW, Page-Sharp M, Bala N, Pulford J, Betuela I, Davis T & Lavu E. Quality of antimalarials and selected antibiotics in Papua New Guinea: a survey of the health facility supply chain. Plos One. 2014; 9(5): e96810.

    Hetzel MW, Pulford J, Maraga S, Barnadas C, Reimer L, Tavul L, Jamea-Maiasa S, Tandrapah T, Maalsen A, Makita L, Siba PM & Mueller I. Evaluation of the Global Fund-supported National Malaria Control Program of Papua New Guinea, 2009-2014. Papua New Guinea Medical Journal. 2014; 57(1-4):7-29.

    Pulford J, Siba PM, Mueller I & Hetzel MW. The exit interview as a proxy measure of malaria case management practice: sensitivity and specificity relative to direct observation. BMC Health Services Research. 2014; 14:628.

    Pulford J, Kurumop SF, Ura Y, Siba PM, Mueller I & Hetzel MW. Malaria case management in Papua New Guinea following the introduction of a revised treatment protocol. Malaria Journal. 2013;12:433.

    Pulford J, Oakiva T, Angwin A, Hetzel MW, Bryant M & Mueller I. Indifferent to disease: A qualitative investigation of the reasons why some Papua New Guineans who own mosquito nets choose not to use them. Social Science and Medicine. 2012; 75(12):2283-2290.