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

PhD, Boston University School of Public Health
MPH, Boston University School of Public Health

Brenda Heaton received her PhD in Epidemiology from the BU School of Public Health, where her dissertation research focused on longitudinal analyses of periodontal disease predictors and systemic effects using data from the VA Dental Longitudinal Study (DLS). In addition to her research related to periodontal disease, she has a wide range of experience conducting oral health research among disadvantaged 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 (

She serves as a faculty member in the Dental Public Health postgraduate and residency program and is an active member of the Behavioral, Epidemiology and Health Services Research Scientific Group of the IADR, and was recently elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer. Her current work includes collaborating in a large, community-based clinical trial of a behavioral intervention in public housing and is the principal investigator of a social network analysis, also conducted among women living in public housing. She has active collaborations with the Slone Epidemiology Center at BUSPH and their longitudinal cohort, the Black Women’s Health Study, within which she’s currently working on estimating periodontal disease associations through validation of self-report measures.

Complex Systems Science Approaches to Addressing Oral Health Disparities
09/01/2018 - 08/31/2021 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research

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

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  1. Heaton B, Crawford AJ, Wimsatt MA, Henshaw M, Riedy CA, Barker JC, Garcia RI. A storytelling intervention reduces childhood caries risk behaviors among American Indian and Alaska Native mothers in Northern California. J Public Health Dent. 2019 Apr 23.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31012105.
  2. Henshaw MM, Borrelli B, Gregorich SE, Heaton B, Tooley EM, Santo W, Cheng NF, Rasmussen M, Helman S, Shain S, Garcia RI. Randomized Trial of Motivational Interviewing to Prevent Early Childhood Caries in Public Housing. JDR Clin Trans Res. 2018 Oct; 3(4):353-365.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30238060.
  3. Heaton B, Garcia RI, Dietrich T. Simulation study of misclassification bias in association studies employing partial-mouth protocols. J Clin Periodontol. 2018 Sep; 45(9):1034-1044.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29971808.
  4. Heaton B, Gebel C, Crawford A, Barker JC, Henshaw M, Garcia RI, Riedy C, Wimsatt MA. Using Storytelling to Address Oral Health Knowledge in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities. Prev Chronic Dis. 2018 05 24; 15:E63.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29806581.
  5. Heaton B, Sharma P, Garcia RI, Dietrich T. Evaluating periodontal disease misclassification mechanisms under partial-mouth recording protocols. J Clin Periodontol. 2018 04; 45(4):422-430.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29385644.
  6. Albino J, Tiwari T, Gansky SA, Henshaw MM, Barker JC, Brega AG, Gregorich SE, Heaton B, Batliner TS, Borrelli B, Geltman P, Kressin NR, Weintraub JA, Finlayson TL, Garcia RI. The basic research factors questionnaire for studying early childhood caries. BMC Oral Health. 2017 May 19; 17(1):83.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28526003.
  7. Heaton B, Crawford A, Garcia RI, Henshaw M, Riedy CA, Barker JC, Wimsatt MA. Oral health beliefs, knowledge, and behaviors in Northern California American Indian and Alaska Native mothers regarding early childhood caries. J Public Health Dent. 2017 Sep; 77(4):350-359.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28449292; DOI: 10.1111/jphd.12217;.
  8. Heaton B, Gordon NB, Garcia RI, Rosenberg L, Rich S, Fox MP, Cozier YC. A Clinical Validation of Self-Reported Periodontitis Among Participants in the Black Women's Health Study. J Periodontol. 2017 Jun; 88(6):582-592.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28088874; DOI: 10.1902/jop.2017.160678;.
  9. Garcia RI, Tiwari T, Ramos-Gomez F, Heaton B, Orozco M, Rasmussen M, Braun P, Henshaw M, Borrelli B, Albino J, Diamond C, Gebel C, Batliner TS, Barker JC, Gregorich S, Gansky SA. Retention strategies for health disparities preventive trials: findings from the Early Childhood Caries Collaborating Centers. J Public Health Dent. 2017 Dec; 77(1):63-77.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27759164; DOI: 10.1111/jphd.12182;.
  10. Kaye EK, Heaton B, Sohn W, Rich SE, Spiro A, Garcia RI. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Diet and New and Recurrent Root Caries Events in Men. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Sep; 63(9):1812-9.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26280256; DOI: 10.1111/jgs.13614;.
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