Lisa Heaton, PhD


Dr. Heaton is Acting Assistant Professor of Dental Public Health Sciences and a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington State. She earned a BA in psychology (1996) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Master's of Science (2002) and PhD in Clinical Psychology (2005), both from the University of Kentucky. She completed a pre-doctoral internship in clinical health psychology at the University of Florida before completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Dental Public Health Sciences at the University of Washington. Her interests include dental fear and anxiety, utilization of oral health services by adults with mental illness, involvement of non-dental health care providers in the provision of oral health care services, and psychometrics of pain and anxiety measures.

Dr. Heaton is currently the Principal Investigator of a K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Training grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NICDR) entitled, "Addressing Oral Health Disparities in Adults with Mental Health Problems." Combining her training in clinical psychology and dental public health, her current studies include interviewing adults treated for psychiatric disorders about their use of and barriers in accessing oral health resources, and training pharmacists to provide oral health recommendations to individuals in underserved populations.

Contact Information:
Lisa J. Heaton, PhD
Acting Assistant Professor
Dental Public Health Sciences
D-565 Health Sciences Bldg.
Box 357475
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7475
Office: (206) 221-6293
Fax: (206) 685-4258