Freeman, Ruth


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Ruth Freeman qualified in dentistry in 1979 at The Queen’s University of Belfast. Under the tutelage of Professor Neil Swallow, she completed her PhD in 1983.  She studied at the University of London where she completed her training in Dental Public Health.  She was a Member of the British Psychoanalytic Council and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians (UK).  Ruth worked as a lecturer in Dental Public Health and Dental Practice at University College London with Professor Aubrey Sheiham before returning to Queen’s University of Belfast where she was Professor of Dental Public Health. As a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with some twenty years of clinical experience, Ruth has contributed to psychoanalytic studies, including the 2018, Routledge edition of Centres and Peripheries of Psychoanalysis and the 2015, Penguin Modern Classics edition of Anna Freud: Selected Writings (both with Richard Ekins). Other books include for Oxford University Press: Preparing for Dental Practice (with Trevor Burke) and for Quintessence: Communicating in Dental Practice: Stress-Free Dentistry and Improved Patient Care (with Gerry Humphris).  She was Professor of Dental Public Health Research and Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health. She was Director of the Oral Health and Health Research Programme and Co-Director of the Dental Health Services Research Unit at the University of Dundee.
Professor Freeman sadly died in September 2021.


Abuhaloob L (PI), Freeman R. Building partnership with LMICs to develop maternal and child health promotion.  GCRF Pump-priming Award. £7,000. 2017


Fernandes F (PI), Freeman R, Rodriguez A, Swinney A.  A Comparative Critical Policy Analysis on the Right to Health – ‘National Health Systems from a Comparative Perspective: studies of local, regional and participatory management’ Oswaldo Cruz Foundation/FIOTEC. £19,113. 2017-2019


Rodriguez A (PI), Freeman R. Mapping the aspects of oral health, health and psychosocial needs of homeless youth in Brazil: exploring experiences and policy learning for vulnerable youth affected by homelessness.  GCRF funding £7,315. 2019


Rodriguez A (PI),  Freeman R, Humphris GM.  Project title: Helping Young People Feel at Home in Scotland: Building Collaborative and Integrated Services for Youth Homeless through a Reflexive Mapping Approach for Health and Social Care Integration. Scottish University Insight Institute funding. £17, 915. 2019


Freeman R(PI), Clarkson J, Mossey P, MacGillvary S. Testing the feasibility and acceptability of incorporating the TIPPS intervention into WHO maternal health care programmes in primary care to enhance infant birthweight byimproving maternal gum health. GCRF funding £28.771. 2019-2020


Mossey P(PI), Merrylees N, Freeman R, Palmer C, McCrimmon R, McFadden A, Buckman S, Cinar A. Effectiveness of the Health Coaching model for primary prevention of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Malawi. GCRF funding £22,675


Van Blerk L (PI), Mc Fadden A, Freeman R. Growing up on the Streets fellowship programme:  Building capacity and creating influence. GCRF funding £39,992.00. 2020


Ramsay S, Joyes E, McGowan L, Adams E, Shabaninejad H, Craig D,  Kaner E,  Bambra C, Moffatt S,  Freeman R,  Landes D, Sniehotta F,  Watt R, Paisi M,  Bowes C.   Identifying effective and sustainable interventions to improve the oral health and related behaviours of adults with severe and multiple disadvantage: evidence synthesis and qualitative stakeholder research.  This project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research Programme (NIHR200415).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Medical Science, Burning mouth Syndrome: a psychosomatic entity, Queen's University Belfast

Award Date: 1 Jan 1991

Master of Science, Understanding and predicting sugar consumption in adolescents: factors affecting choice intention, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 1984

Doctor of Philosophy, An investigation into the aetilogy of dental anxiety and the dentist-patient relationship, Queen's University Belfast

Award Date: 1 Jan 1983

Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Queen's University Belfast

Award Date: 1 Jan 1979

External positions

Honorary Professor, Central South University

Oct 2018Oct 2023

Board Director


Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health, NHS Tayside

1 Aug 2013 → …

Fellow of Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians

2006 → …

Member of the Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians

2003 → …

Member of the British Psychoanalytic Council

1995 → …


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