Concurrent 3B: Helen Rodd – What Do Children Really Think?




Professor Rodd qualified with Honours from Bristol University, United Kingdom, in 1988. She completed higher training in Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Sheffield and was awarded Clinical Research Fellowships from both the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Medical Research Council. In 2006, she was appointed professor/honorary consultant in Paediatric Dentistry at the Sheffield Dental School. Professor Rodd has two major research interests, ranging from the laboratory to the patient experience.

Her earliest work was in the field of neuroscience, where she used the human tooth pulp as a model to gain greater understanding into mechanisms of inflammatory pain. More recently she became involved in child-centred oral health research with particular emphasis on the impact of dental or facial differences on childrenĀ“s psychosocial status. Her research aims to improve the oral health and treatment experiences of children and young people through a combination of clinical and social scientific research strategies.

Professor Rodd has an active role in the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry and was recently the Scientific Program Chair for the 2015 Congress of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry in Glasgow, Scotland.