Ms. Gillian Forbes

Research Assistant, SDPBRN


Dundee Dental Education Centre
Frankland Building
Small's Wynd

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+44 (0)1382740 985

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Gillian joined SDCEP in April 2012 having previously worked within dental research. At first from 2007 as part of the evaluation team of Childsmile based within NHS Fife. She continued her research interests in dentistry when moving to the University of St Andrews in 2009 to work on the BEHAVE study which investigated the communication strategies of Childsmile dental nurses.  Concurrently, she was awarded an MPhil from the University of St Andrews in 2012.  In November 2013 she began a PhD Fellowship in Improvement Science funded by the Health Foundation.

Gillian is interested in the implementation of research evidence into practice and the behaviour change associated with its implementation.  Gillian’s work is part of TRiaDs (Translational Research in a Dental Setting) and SDPBRN (Scottish Dental Practice Based Research Network).

G. Forbes, S. Rutherford, D. Stirling, L. Young and J. Clarkson (2015) Current practice and factors influencing the provision of periodontal healthcare in primary dental care in Scotland: An explorative study British Dental Journal ; 218: 387-391

G M Forbes, RFreeman, W McCombes & G Humphris - Job leaving intentions and occupation-related attitudes among pre-registered dental nurses in Scotland: the mediating role of work engagement and personal accomplishment. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology and Oral Epidemiology DOI: 10.1111/cdoe.12042 

Y Zhou, G M Forbes & G M Humphris (2012) The behaviour of Extended Duties Dental Nurses and the acceptance of fluoride varnish application in preschool children.   British Dental Journal, 213 (12), 603-609 

Y Zhou, G M Forbes & G M Humphris (2012) Development of a novel coding scheme (SABICS) to record nurse-child interactive behaviours in a community dental preventive intervention.  Patient Education and Counseling, 88 (2), 268-272 

B G Duane, D Kirk, G M Forbes & G Ball (2011) Inspiring and recognising good oral health practice within care homes. Journal of Disability and Oral Health, 12(1), 03-09 

Y Zhou, G M Forbes & G M Humphris (2010) Camera-related behaviours of female dental nurses and nursery school children during fluoride varnish application interactions in nursery school settings. InternationalJournal of Paediatric Dentistry, 20(5), 374-381 

Zhou, Y., Cameron, E., Forbes, G. & Humphris, G. M. (2010) Systematic review of the effect of dental staff behaviour on child dental patient anxiety and behaviour  Patient Education and Counseling, 85(1), 4-13


Dental nurses’ perspective on factors influencing intention to leave profession. British Society of Oral and Dental Research,Sheffield,UK