Professor of Psychology
University of Sheffield
University of Sheffield, Sheffield UNITED KINGDOM

Sarah Baker is a Professor of Psychology as applied to Dentistry and head of the academic unit of Oral Health, Dentistry and Society at the University of Sheffield. She is Past President of the Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research group of the IADR and is a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society. She is associate editor of the journal Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology and on the editorial board of Community Dental Health and International Dental Journal. Her central research interest is the examination of the psychological, social and behavioral factors which influence how individuals experience oral health conditions and dental treatment.

Understanding the role of such psychosocial factors allows her to explore potential mechanisms by which oral health impacts on individual’s quality of life and, in turn, develop, implement and evaluate intervention strategies to improve oral health both within clinical practice and for public health dentistry. Baker has led many successful multidisciplinary research teams, collaborating with researchers around the world on a diverse range of projects from periodontal disease, dentine hypersensitivity, caries, head and neck cancer, gerodontology, orthognathic surgery, dental anxiety and implementation of evidence-based care.

Baker has received many awards for her contributions to social and behavioral sciences in dentistry including the 2013 and 2016 IADR Giddon Award for Distinguished Research in the Behavioral Sciences. Most recently, she is the 2018 recipient of the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research. She has authored over 180 peer-reviewed publications and has been awarded over £1.6 million in research and consultancy income.