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Brenda Heaton

Brenda Heaton, PhD, MPH

Languages spoken: English

Academic Office Information

Associate Dean for Research, School of Dentistry

Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Health Services Research, School of Dentistry

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences, School of Medicine

Education History

Doctoral Training Boston University School of Public Health
Boston University School of Public Health
Undergraduate Brigham Young University

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Wright CD, Heaton B, Garcia RI, Leonard MM, Fasano A, McNeil DW (2023). Gastrointestinal distress as a potential mediator between stress and periodontal inflammation. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. (Read full article)
  2. Bond JC, Wise LA, Fox MP, Garcia RI, Murray EJ, White KO, Rothman KJ, Hatch EE, Heaton B (2023). Preconception periodontitis and risk of spontaneous abortion in a prospective cohort study. Am J Epidemiol. (Read full article)
  3. Velez M, Quintiliani LM, Fuertes Y, Romn A, Heaton B (2023). Photo-Enhanced Health Promotion Messages to Target Reduction in Dietary Sugar among Residents of Public Housing. Nutrients, 15(11). (Read full article)
  4. Cozier YC, Heaton B, Robles Y, C Bond J, I Garcia R, Coogan P, Rosenberg L (2023). Perceived racism associated with declines in self-rated oral health among U.S. Black women. Ann Epidemiol, 84, 54-59. (Read full article)
  5. Heaton B, Muzzi A, Gebel C, Bernstein J, Garcia RI (2023). Recruitment and Enrollment of Low-income, Minority Residents of Urban Public Housing into Research. J Community Health, 1-11. (Read full article)
  6. Heaton B, Gondal N (2023). Health-based homophily in public housing developments. BMC Public Health, 23(1), 238. (Read full article)
  7. Heaton B, Baker SR (2023). Methods to madness: The utility of complex systems science in a mad, mad world. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol, 51(1), 79-84. (Read full article)
  8. Bond JC, McDonough R, Alshihayb TS, Kaye EK, Garcia RI, Heaton B (2022). Periodontitis is associated with an increased hazard of mortality in a longitudinal cohort study over 50 years. J Clin Periodontol, 50(1), 71-79. (Read full article)
  9. Heaton B, Bond JC, Bae J, Cozier Y (2022). Perceived experiences of racism linked to dental fear and anxiety among Black women. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. (Read full article)
  10. Bond JC, McDonough R, Alshihayb TS, Kaye EA, Garcia RI, Heaton B (2022). Edentulism is associated with increased risk of all-cause mortality in adult men. J Am Dent Assoc, 153(7), 625-634.e3. (Read full article)
  11. Alshihayb TS, Sharma P, Dietrich T, Heaton B (2022). Exploring periodontitis misclassification mechanisms under partial-mouth protocols. J Clin Periodontol, 49(5), 448-457. (Read full article)
  12. Alshihayb TS, Heaton B (2021). Simulation of Random Differential Periodontitis Outcome Misclassification with Perfect Specificity. JDR Clin Trans Res, 7(2), 174-181. (Read full article)
  13. Wright CD, Heaton B, McNeil DW (2021). Development and validation of a latent, multidimensional, self-report periodontal disease measure. J Periodontol, 92(11), 1554-1563. (Read full article)
  14. Wang ML, Miny HM, Egan KA, Heaton B (2021). Community-based sugar-sweetened beverage intervention associated with short-term improvements in self-rated oral health. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol, 49(4), 362-368. (Read full article)
  15. Bond JC, Wise LA, Willis SK, Yland JJ, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Heaton B (2020). Self-reported periodontitis and fecundability in a population of pregnancy planners. Hum Reprod, 36(8), 2298-2308. (Read full article)
  16. Kaye E, Heaton B, Aljoghaiman EA, Singhal A, Sohn W, Garcia RI (2021). Third-Molar Status and Risk of Loss of Adjacent Second Molars. J Dent Res, 100(7), 700-705. (Read full article)
  17. Sharma P, Fenton A, Dias IHK, Heaton B, Brown CLR, Sidhu A, Rahman M, Griffiths HR, Cockwell P, Ferro CJ, Chapple IL, Dietrich T (2021). Oxidative stress links periodontal inflammation and renal function. J Clin Periodontol, 48(3), 357-367. (Read full article)
  18. Heaton B, Wright JA, Bond JC, Quintiliani LM (2021). A measure development study of sugar-sweetened beverage-related knowledge, self-efficacy, and intention among urban, low-income adults. BMC Public Health, 21(1), 69. (Read full article)
  19. Alshihayb TS, Kaye EA, Zhao Y, Leone CW, Heaton B (2020). A quantitative bias analysis to assess the impact of unmeasured confounding on associations between diabetes and periodontitis. J Clin Periodontol, 48(1), 51-60. (Read full article)
  20. Alshihayb TS, Kaye EA, Zhao Y, Leone CW, Heaton B (2020). The impact of periodontitis exposure misclassification bias from partial-mouth measurements on association with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. J Clin Periodontol, 47(12), 1457-1465. (Read full article)
  21. Heaton B, Cherng ST, Sohn W, Garcia RI, Galea S (2020). Complex Systems Model of Dynamic Mechanisms of Early Childhood Caries Development. J Dent Res, 99(5), 537-543. (Read full article)
  22. Heaton B, Streszoff D, Fox CH, Kaye EA, Gebel CM, Quintiliani LM, Garcia RI (2020). Survey of Dental Researchers' Perceptions of Sexual Harassment at AADR Conferences: 2015 to 2018. J Dent Res, 99(5), 488-497. (Read full article)
  23. Cozier YC, Heaton B, Bethea TN, Freudenheim JL, Garcia RI, Rosenberg L (2019). Predictors of self-reported oral health in the Black Women's Health Study. J Public Health Dent, 80(1), 70-78. (Read full article)
  24. Heaton B, Crawford AJ, Wimsatt MA, Henshaw M, Riedy CA, Barker JC, Garcia RI (2019). A storytelling intervention reduces childhood caries risk behaviors among American Indian and Alaska Native mothers in Northern California. J Public Health Dent, 79(3), 183-187. (Read full article)
  25. Henshaw MM, Borrelli B, Gregorich SE, Heaton B, Tooley EM, Santo W, Cheng NF, Rasmussen M, Helman S, Shain S, Garcia RI (2018). Randomized Trial of Motivational Interviewing to Prevent Early Childhood Caries in Public Housing. JDR Clin Trans Res, 3(4), 353-365. (Read full article)
  26. Heaton B, Garcia RI, Dietrich T (2018). Simulation study of misclassification bias in association studies employing partial-mouth protocols. J Clin Periodontol, 45(9), 1034-1044. (Read full article)
  27. Heaton B, Gebel C, Crawford A, Barker JC, Henshaw M, Garcia RI, Riedy C, Wimsatt MA (2018). Using Storytelling to Address Oral Health Knowledge in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities. Prev Chronic Dis, 15, E63. (Read full article)
  28. Heaton B, Sharma P, Garcia RI, Dietrich T (2018). Evaluating periodontal disease misclassification mechanisms under partial-mouth recording protocols. J Clin Periodontol, 45(4), 422-430. (Read full article)
  29. 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 (2016). Retention strategies for health disparities preventive trials: findings from the Early Childhood Caries Collaborating Centers. J Public Health Dent, 77(1), 63-77. (Read full article)
  30. Heaton B, Crawford A, Garcia RI, Henshaw M, Riedy CA, Barker JC, Wimsatt MA, Native Oral Health Project (2017). Oral health beliefs, knowledge, and behaviors in Northern California American Indian and Alaska Native mothers regarding early childhood caries. J Public Health Dent, 77(4), 350-359. (Read full article)
  31. Heaton B, Gordon NB, Garcia RI, Rosenberg L, Rich S, Fox MP, Cozier YC (2017). A Clinical Validation of Self-Reported Periodontitis Among Participants in the Black Women's Health Study. J Periodontol, 88(6), 582-592. (Read full article)
  32. 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, Early Childhood Caries Collaborating Centers (2017). The basic research factors questionnaire for studying early childhood caries. BMC Oral Health, 17(1), 83. (Read full article)
  33. Kaye EK, Heaton B, Sohn W, Rich SE, Spiro A 3rd, Garcia RI (2015). The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Diet and New and Recurrent Root Caries Events in Men. J Am Geriatr Soc, 63(9), 1812-9. (Read full article)
  34. Heaton B, Applebaum KM, Rothman KJ, Brooks DR, Heeren T, Dietrich T, Garcia RI (2014). The influence of prevalent cohort bias in the association between periodontal disease progression and incident coronary heart disease. Ann Epidemiol, 24(10), 741-6. (Read full article)
  35. Halpern LR, Kaste LM, Briggs C, DiPietro LA, Erwin K, Frantsve-Hawley J, Gordon S, Heaton B, Henshaw MM, Joskow R, Reisine ST, Sinkford JC (2013). Women's oral health: growing evidence for enhancing perspectives. Dent Clin North Am, 57(2), xv-xxviii. (Read full article)


  1. Heaton B, Dietrich T (2011). Causal theory and the etiology of periodontal diseases. [Review]. Periodontol 2000, 58(1), 26-36. (Read full article)
  2. Heaton B, Dietrich T (2011). Analytic epidemiology and periodontal diseases. [Review]. Periodontol 2000, 58(1), 112-20. (Read full article)


  1. Alshihayb TS, Heaton B (2021). Response to Letter to the editor: "A quantitative bias analysis to assess the impact of unmeasured confounding on associations between diabetes and periodontitis". [Letter to the editor]. J Clin Periodontol, 49(1), 86-87. (Read full article)