Richard Watt

Richard Watt is a Professor and Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL. He is the Director of the World Health Organisation, Collaborating Centre on Oral Health Inequalities and Public Health and is also Director of Research, Development and Innovation for Central North-West London NHS Foundation Trust. He graduated from University of Edinburgh Dental School in 1984 and then completed a MSc and PhD in Dental Public Health at UCL.


His main research interests focus on social and commercial determinants of oral health inequalities and development and evaluation of community-based health improvement interventions. He provides public health advice on oral health policy to various national and international organisations. He is the founder and co-lead of the International Centre for Oral Health Inequalities Research and Policy. In 2014 he received the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Distinguished Scientist Award for Behavioural, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research and in 2020 the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Global Oral Health Research. In 2016 he gained a Senior Investigator award by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). In 2019 he led the publication of a Lancet Series on Oral Health and from 2020 has co-led the Lancet Commission on Oral Health. He is currently co-leading a NIHR Global Group on Oral Health in Kenya, Brazil, India and Colombia.