Primary research theme: Dental Public Health and Health Services
Secondary research theme: Clinical and Applied
Gail holds a Chair in Dental Public Health, is Dental Public Health & Health Services Research Theme Lead, and is Head of Dental Public Health Department at the University of Leeds.
Between 1987-1993 Gail Douglas studied Dental Surgery at the University of Dundee, intercalating a first class honours degree in Medical Psychology during this time. Following this she undertook MPH and PhD degrees as part of a Joint MRC/Health Region Special Training Fellowship in Health Services Research 1995-99, completing a PhD in 2001. Royal College fellowships pre and post specialty training were awarded in 1998 and 2002.
Following graduation she worked in Scotland for several years in a variety of training posts within hospital, university and NHS settings including Specialty Training in DPH before taking up the role of Director of Caries Control Research with the Dental Health Services Research Unit in Dundee in 2004 until 2009.
Her main areas of research interest are epidemiology, health services research and cariology. She is a Director of the International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICDAS) Foundation, and co-ordinator to the ICDAS committee which is a large international group working in the area of caries detection and assessment.
Other research roles include being joint Chief Investigator on the £2.9 million NIHR-funded FiCTION study, which is a randomised controlled trial of caries management strategies in general dental practice and chairing the University of Leeds School of Dentistry Research Ethics Committee.