Dr Vanessa Muirhead, BDS, MSc, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Contact details

Vanessa Muirhead has been a postdoctoral researcher 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 her Master’s degree with Distinction in Dental Public Health in 2002.  Vanessa moved to Canada in 2003 to pursue a PhD under the supervision of Dr David Locker at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Canada and postdoctoral research experience at McGill University in Montreal, supported by a competitive national postdoctoral fellowship.   

Vanessa’s research has primarily explored novel psychosocial factors in oral health including family functioning, working poverty, school performance and food security. She has expertise in a wide range of research methods from survey methodology; quantitative research, qualitative and mixed methods research; quality of oral health services and 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, Quiñonez 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, Quiñonez 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