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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 is 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.  She is currently Professor of Dental Public Health Research and Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health. She is Director of the Oral Health and Health Research Programme and is Co-Director of the Dental Health Services Research Unit at the University of Dundee.

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Queen's University Belfast

Master of Medical Science, Queen's University Belfast

Doctor of Philosophy, Queen's University Belfast

Master of Science, University of London

External positions

Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health, NHS Tayside

1 Aug 2013 → …

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Research Output 1992 2018

A new complementary approach for oral health and diabetes management: health coaching

Cinar, A. B., Freeman, R. & Schou, L. 24 Jan 2018 In : International Dental Journal. 68, 1, p. 54-64 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Oral Health
Health Education
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Oral Health
Body Weight
Research Design
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Open Access
Dental Education
Deciduous Tooth
Dental Care

FiCTION Filling Children’s Teeth: Indicated or Not? Integrating Qualitative Research

Rutter, J., Cunningham, K., Holmes, R., Maguire, A., Innes, N., Douglas, G., Clarkson, J., Freeman, R., McColl, E., Robertson, M. & Marshman, Z. 23 Mar 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Qualitative Research
Cost-Benefit Analysis

Is health coaching effective in changing the health status and behaviour of prisoners?-a systematic review protocol

Almondes, N., Downie, D., Cinar, A. B., Richards, D. & Freeman, R. 3 Jul 2017 In : Systematic Reviews. 6, p. 1-5 5 p., 127

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Health Status


The Ian Stevenson Award for Excellence in Public Engagement

Ruth Freeman (Recipient), 26 Feb 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2000 2016

Celebrating Anna Freud, Psychoanalytic Events in Newcastle

Freeman, R. (Invited speaker)
30 Jun 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Criminology, Victimology and Security Review (Journal)

Freeman, R. (Editorial board member)

Activity: Editorial activity

Building Collaborative working for homelessness, health and social care integration

Freeman, R. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
31 May 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

National Association of Prison Dentists. National Conference

Freeman, R. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
28 Feb 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

College Research Symposium

Freeman, R. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
24 Feb 2015

Activity: Participation in conference


A qualitative exploration of the public and private faces of homelessness: engaging homeless people with health promotion

Author: Coles, E., 2013

Supervisor: Freeman, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Characterising homeless people in Scotland: can oral health, health and psycho-social wellbeing enhance the ETHOS typology of homelessness?

Author: Collins, J., 2012

Supervisor: Freeman, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Dentists and their Willingness to Treat Adolescents with Learning Disabilities : a Survey of Accessibility in Primary Dental Care

Author: Coyle, C., 2011

Supervisor: Freeman, R. (Supervisor) & Pitts, N. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy


Knowledge, attitudes and clinical behaviours : an audit of the management of dry mouth by general dental practitioners in NHS Tayside

Author: Abdelghany, A., 2010

Supervisor: Freeman, R. (Supervisor) & Nolan, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Dental Science

Parental intentions to provide healthy diets for pre‐school children

Author: Tripathee, S., 2014

Supervisor: Freeman, R. (Supervisor) & Chambers, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science