Brenda Heaton, PhD, MPH
Adjunct Associate Professor
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Health Policy & Health Svcs Research

PhD, Boston University School of Public Health
MPH, Boston University School of Public Health
BS, Brigham Young University



Brenda Heaton, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor jointly appointed in the Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, Boston University. Her research interests include a focus on the social production of oral health, with an overall goal of addressing the complex mechanisms responsible for the emergence of oral health disparities. In support of these interests, she is the principal investigator on four currently active research grants from the NIDCR, including two 5-year R01 research grant awards aimed at studying the potential role of caregivers' social networks, including network-based interventions, in mitigating social disparities in oral health among young children. In addition to mapping and generating social network data, this work includes the development of dynamic computational models that facilitate experimental simulations of hypothetical public health interventions. Heaton also maintains scholarship and collaborations in the area of periodontal disease with interests in the validity of clinical and self-report measures for population-level research and in the potential for causal associations between periodontal disease and other chronic disease outcomes, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and perinatal outcomes.

Brenda Heaton has a wide range of experience conducting oral health research among less advantaged and minority populations, particularly residents of public housing, in her role as a co-investigator with the Center for Research to Evaluate and Eliminate Dental Disparities (www.creedd.org). She has also worked with American Indian/Alaska Native populations in addressing Early Childhood Caries through NIDCR-funded work with the California Tribal Epidemiology Center (CTEC). She maintains collaborations with the Black Women's Health Study to study predictors and consequences of poor oral health among this cohort.

She serves as a faculty member in the Dental Public Health postgraduate and residency program at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, has been a faculty research fellow at the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing & Computational Sciences and Engineering, and leads the Hariri-funded Focused Research Program in Simulation Modeling for Population Health (FY 2022). She is an active member of the Behavioral, Epidemiology and Health Services Research Scientific Group of the International Association for Dental Research and is completing a three-year term as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the American Association for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research.

Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Epidemiology


Member
Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research




Women's oral health in the preconception period: correlates and consequences
06/01/2022 - 05/31/2025 (Key Person / Mentor)
NIH/National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research
5F31DE031969-02

Social networks and oral health-related risk behaviors in public housing communities
08/15/2018 - 07/31/2024 (Multi-PI)
PI: Brenda Heaton, PhD, MPH
NIH/National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research
5R01DE027985-05

Modeling Complex Mechanisms Underlying Oral Health Disparities In Young Children And Their Caregivers
09/21/2021 - 08/31/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research
5R01DE030302-02

Photo-enhanced messaging to address dietary sugars as a common risk factor for chronic disease
08/01/2019 - 07/31/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research
5R21DE028993-02

Complex Systems Science Approaches to Addressing Oral Health Disparities
09/01/2018 - 08/31/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research
5R00DE025917-05

Complex systems science approaches to oral health disparities
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2018 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research
5K99DE025917-02



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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2023 Preconception periodontitis and adverse pregnancy outcomes in a prospective cohort of pregnancy planners 1R03DE033133-01
2023 Modeling Complex Mechanisms Underlying Oral Health Disparities in Young Children and Their Caregivers 7R01DE030302-03
2022 Social networks and oral health-related risk behaviors in public housing communities 5R01DE027985-05
2021 Modeling Complex Mechanisms Underlying Oral Health Disparities in Young Children and Their Caregivers 1R01DE030302-01A1
2021 Social networks and oral health-related risk behaviors in public housing communities 5R01DE027985-04
2020 Photo-enhanced messaging to address dietary sugars as a common risk factor for chronic disease 5R21DE028993-02
2020 Complex Systems Science Approaches to Addressing Oral Health Disparities 5R00DE025917-05
2020 Social networks and oral health-related risk behaviors in public housing communities 5R01DE027985-03
2019 Photo-enhanced messaging to address dietary sugars as a common risk factor for chronic disease 1R21DE028993-01
2019 Complex Systems Science Approaches to Addressing Oral Health Disparities 5R00DE025917-04
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  1. Bond JC, Casey SM, McDonough R, McLone SG, Velez M, Heaton B. Validity of individual self-report oral health measures in assessing periodontitis for causal research applications. J Periodontol. 2024 Jan 10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38197131
     
  2. Bond JC, Fox MP, Wise LA, Heaton B. Quantitative Assessment of Systematic Bias: A Guide for Researchers. J Dent Res. 2023 Nov; 102(12):1288-1292.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37786916; PMCID: PMC10714380; DOI: 10.1177/00220345231193314;
     
  3. Bond JC, Wise LA, Fox MP, Garcia RI, Murray EJ, White KO, Rothman KJ, Hatch EE, Heaton B. Preconception Periodontitis and Risk of Spontaneous Abortion in a Prospective Cohort Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2023 Sep 01; 192(9):1509-1521.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37339008; PMCID: PMC10666963; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwad142;
     
  4. Heaton B, Bond JC, Bae J, Pullen E. Modeling Social Network Influences on Oral Health Outcomes among Women Living in Public Housing. JDR Clin Trans Res. 2024 Jan; 9(1):42-51. PMID: 37498803; PMCID: PMC10850880; DOI: 10.1177/23800844231182571;
     
  5. Wright CD, Heaton B, Garcia RI, Leonard MM, Fasano A, McNeil DW. Gastrointestinal distress as a potential mediator between stress and periodontal inflammation. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2023 Dec; 51(6):1250-1257. PMID: 37430381; PMCID: PMC10776810; DOI: 10.1111/cdoe.12889;
     
  6. Velez M, Quintiliani LM, Fuertes Y, Román A, Heaton B. Photo-Enhanced Health Promotion Messages to Target Reduction in Dietary Sugar among Residents of Public Housing. Nutrients. 2023 Jun 01; 15(11).View Related Profiles. PMID: 37299564; PMCID: PMC10255344; DOI: 10.3390/nu15112601;
     
  7. Cozier YC, Heaton B, Robles Y, C Bond J, I Garcia R, Coogan P, Rosenberg L. Perceived racism associated with declines in self-rated oral health among U.S. Black women. Ann Epidemiol. 2023 Aug; 84:54-59.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37244316; PMCID: PMC10525027; DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2023.05.012;
     
  8. Heaton B, Muzzi A, Gebel C, Bernstein J, Garcia RI. Recruitment and Enrollment of Low-income, Minority Residents of Urban Public Housing into Research. J Community Health. 2023 Oct; 48(5):741-751. PMID: 37005967; PMCID: PMC10067510; DOI: 10.1007/s10900-023-01212-w;
     
  9. Heaton B, Baker SR. Methods to madness: The utility of complex systems science in a mad, mad world. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2023 Feb; 51(1):79-84. PMID: 36749668
     
  10. Heaton B, Gondal N. Health-based homophily in public housing developments. BMC Public Health. 2023 Feb 03; 23(1):238. PMID: 36737700; PMCID: PMC9896682; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-023-15146-4;
     
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