Professor Pauline Ford

Deputy Provost

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Pauline Ford is Deputy Provost at The University of Queensland. She was previously Head, School of Dentistry, becoming the first woman to lead a School of Dentistry in the Australia New Zealand region. 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 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.


  • Masters (Coursework) of Public Health, The University of Queensland
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Dental Studies, The University of Queensland


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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

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision