Brenda Heaton, PhD, MPH
Associate 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.

Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Social networks and oral health-related risk behaviors in public housing communities
08/15/2018 - 07/31/2023 (Multi-PI)
PI: Brenda Heaton, PhD, MPH
NIH/National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research

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

Photo-enhanced messaging to address dietary sugars as a common risk factor for chronic disease
08/01/2019 - 07/31/2021 (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. Bond JC, Wise LA, Willis SK, Yland JJ, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Heaton B. Self-reported periodontitis and fecundability in a population of pregnancy planners. Hum Reprod. 2021 07 19; 36(8):2298-2308.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33822056; PMCID: PMC8289328; DOI: 10.1093/humrep/deab058;
  2. Alshihayb TS, Heaton B. Simulation of Random Differential Periodontitis Outcome Misclassification with Perfect Specificity. JDR Clin Trans Res. 2021 Apr 24; 23800844211007145.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33899555
  3. Wright CD, Heaton B, McNeil DW. Development and validation of a latent, multidimensional, self-report periodontal disease measure. J Periodontol. 2021 Mar 02. PMID: 33651894
  4. Kaye E, Heaton B, Aljoghaiman EA, Singhal A, Sohn W, Garcia RI. Third-Molar Status and Risk of Loss of Adjacent Second Molars. J Dent Res. 2021 07; 100(7):700-705.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33541172
  5. Sharma P, Fenton A, Dias IHK, Heaton B, Brown CLR, Sidhu A, Rahman M, Griffiths HR, Cockwell P, Ferro CJ, Chapple IL, Dietrich T. Oxidative stress links periodontal inflammation and renal function. J Clin Periodontol. 2021 03; 48(3):357-367. PMID: 33368493; PMCID: PMC7986430; DOI: 10.1111/jcpe.13414;
  6. Heaton B, Wright JA, Bond JC, Quintiliani LM. A measure development study of sugar-sweetened beverage-related knowledge, self-efficacy, and intention among urban, low-income adults. BMC Public Health. 2021 01 07; 21(1):69.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33413264; PMCID: PMC7792019; DOI: 10.1186/s12889-020-10073-0;
  7. Wang ML, Minyé HM, Egan KA, Heaton B. Community-based sugar-sweetened beverage intervention associated with short-term improvements in self-rated oral health. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2021 08; 49(4):362-368.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33389770
  8. Alshihayb TS, Kaye EA, Zhao Y, Leone CW, Heaton B. A quantitative bias analysis to assess the impact of unmeasured confounding on associations between diabetes and periodontitis. J Clin Periodontol. 2021 01; 48(1):51-60.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33031608
  9. Alshihayb TS, Kaye EA, Zhao Y, Leone CW, Heaton B. The impact of periodontitis exposure misclassification bias from partial-mouth measurements on association with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. J Clin Periodontol. 2020 12; 47(12):1457-1465.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32990981
  10. Heaton B, Streszoff D, Fox CH, Kaye EA, Gebel CM, Quintiliani LM, Garcia RI. Survey of Dental Researchers' Perceptions of Sexual Harassment at AADR Conferences: 2015 to 2018. J Dent Res. 2020 05; 99(5):488-497.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32125214
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