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Dr Vanessa Muirhead, BDS, MSc, PhD

NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer/Specialty Registrar in Dental Public Health

Telephone: +44 20 7882 8637
Room Number: Dental Institute, Alex Wing


Vanessa Muirhead is a NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer and Specialty Registrar in Dental Public Health. She has been involved in postdoctoral research at the Institute of Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) since January 2010. She is a qualified dentist who gained a first class BSc honours degree in Experimental Pathology and a Bachelor degree in Dental Surgery (BDS) at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, QMUL. After working as a community dentist for Portsmouth and Wandsworth PCTs, she returned to QMUL to complete a Master's degree with Distinction in Dental Public Health in 2002. Vanessa moved to Canada in 2003 to pursue a doctorate at the University of Toronto and postdoctoral research at McGill University in Montreal, supported by competitive national fellowships.


Research Interests:

Vanessa's research has primarily explored novel psychosocial factors in oral health including family functioning, working poverty, school performance and food security. Her diverse research experience includes survey methods; quantitative research, qualitative and mixed methods research; oral health needs assessment and health services research. Vanessa also has experience in grant writing and business case development.


Key Publications

Agou S, Locker D, Muirhead V, Tompson B, Streiner DL. Does Psychological Well-Being Influence Oral Health-Related Quality of Life Reports in Children Receiving Orthodontic Treatment? American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics 2011, 139:369-77

Muirhead V, Lawrence HP. Exploring School Oral Health Outcomes and Neighbourhood Factors in Schools Participating in Ontario's "Healthy Schools" Recognition Program. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2011; 102(1): 30-34

Muirhead V, QuiƱonez C, Figueiredo R, Locker D. Oral Health Disparities and Food Insecurity in Working Poor Canadians. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology Journal 2009; 37(4): 294-314.

Muirhead V, QuiƱonez C, Figueiredo R, Locker D.  Predictors of Dental Care Utilization among Working Poor Canadians. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology Journal 2009; 37 (3): 199-208

Muirhead V, Locker D. Dental Students' Perceptions of Stress and Social Support. European Journal of Dental Education 2008; 12(3):144-8

Muirhead VE, Marcenes WS. An Ecological Study of Caries Experience, School Performance and Material Deprivation in 5-year-old State Primary School Children. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 2004; 32(4): 265-270

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