Professor Pauline Ford

Associate Dean (Academic)

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 58062


Pauline Ford is Head of the School of Dentistry at The University of Queensland. She commenced this role on 30 May 2016, becoming the first woman to lead the School of Dentistry in its 81 year history. Pauline was previously Deputy Head of School.

Pauline graduated from The University of Queensland in 1989 with BDSc (Hons) (University Medal). After nine years in general dental practice, she returned to UQ School of Dentistry and undertook a PhD before joining the academic staff in 2005. She has since completed a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and a Masters in Public Health.

Research Interests

  • Oral Health Equity
    Pauline’s research activities focus on oral health and its role in general health and wellbeing, with an interest in the social determinants of oral health. The majority of her research work is with groups who may have difficulty accessing appropriate oral health care, such as people with mental illness and the homeless community. Her research interests are the health behaviours associated with adverse oral and general health outcomes, such as tobacco use, poor diet and infrequent engagement with health care. This research area is by nature interdisciplinary and as such Pauline has an extensive network of collaborators in academia (dentistry, allied health, medicine, psychiatry, public health) and also in the health and community services sector. This enables research questions to be relevant and collaboratively designed and also ready translation of findings to practice.

Research Impacts

Oral Health Equity Research Alliance

Oral health for all (oralis salutem omnibus)


  • Conduct research to: understand and document the problem of oral health disparities for vulnerable groups; and inform the design of appropriate interventions
  • Provide a forum for forming research questions of importance to the community,
  • Create a community of practice for health care workers and researchers working with vulnerable groups
  • Give consumers a voice
  • Advocate for oral health as a central requirement for wellbeing for all people
  • Promote interprofessional practice and education
  • Prioritise the local region, however place this within a national and global context


  • Master of Public Health, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Certificate in Education, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Dental Science, The University of Queensland
  • BDentSt, The University of Queensland


  • Ford, Pauline J. and Rich, Alison M. (2021). Tobacco Use and Oral Health. Addiction add.15513. doi: 10.1111/add.15513

  • Stormon, Nicole, Sexton, Christopher, Ford, Pauline J. and Eley, Diann S. (2021). Understanding the well‐being of dentistry students. European Journal of Dental Education eje.12666. doi: 10.1111/eje.12666

  • Stormon, N., Sowa, P.M., Anderson, J. and Ford, P.J. (2020). Facilitating access to dental care for people experiencing homelessness. JDR Clinical and Translational Research, 238008442095235. doi: 10.1177/2380084420952350

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Book Chapter

  • Schirra, Horst Joachim and Ford, Pauline J. (2017). NMR-based metabolomics of oral biofluids. Oral biology: molecular techniques and applications. (pp. 79-105) New York, NY, United States: Humana Press. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-6685-1_5

  • Walsh, L. J. and Ford, P. J. (2016). Lifestyle impacts on oral health. Preservation and Restoration of Tooth Structure. (pp. 83-109) edited by Graham J. Mount, Wyatt R. Hume, Hien Ngo and Mark S. Wolff. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley &​ Sons.

  • Farah, C. S., Ford, P. J., Allen, K., Vu, A. and McCullough, M. J. (2012). Oral cancer and potentially cancerous lesions - early detection and diagnosis. Oral cancer. (pp. 79-106) edited by Kalu U. E. Ogbureke. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech. doi: 10.5772/30997

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision