Deon Simpson, DPhil


Deon has a background in health programming and population health research. Her work at the Lab centres on the use of rapid adaptation and evaluation methods to improve the impact of social and healthcare interventions. 

Deon joined the Lab in 2018 as a service design specialist, and works across projects supporting organisations to design, implement and test their programmes.

Previously, Deon worked in Jamaica developing and implementing policies and programmes related to maternal and child health, including the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. She also worked as a research coordinator in an academic setting where she managed a randomised controlled trial aimed at reducing sexual risk behaviours of Jamaican adolescent girls and their female care-givers. She has a DPhil (PhD) in Population Health from the University of Oxford, with an emphasis in perinatal epidemiology. She also has a MSc in Human Nutrition from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, and a MA in International Public Health from the University of Leeds in England.