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Prof. Zoe Marshman


Zoe Marshman joined the University of Sheffield in 2002 and currently works as a professor of dental public health and as an honorary consultant. Her main interest is person-centred dental research to improve the oral health and treatment experiences of children and their families. Zoe has experience of leading large multi-centred randomised controlled trials, integrating qualitative research into trials and conducting process evaluations. She has published widely on topics including oral health-related quality of life, oral health promotion and dental anxiety.


  1. Lecture title: Dental fear and anxiety in children

After the lecture, delegates will be able to:

  • Describe the nature of anxiety and specifically, dental anxiety
  • Critique the evidence-base and approaches for the management of dentally anxious patients
  • Cite the specific features of dental anxiety from a child and family’s perspective


  1. Lecture title: Cognitive behavioural therapy for children with dental anxiety

After this lecture, delegates will be able to:

  • Explain the theoretical basis of cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Describe a self-help CBT approach for dentally anxious children and the steps involved in its implementation

Recognise the value and challenges of integrating a self-help CBT into standard clinical care


Behaviour change interventions to improve children’s oral health

Workshop facilitators

  • Professor Zoe Marshman, Professor/honorary consultant in dental public health, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Dr Arheiam Arheiam, Associate Professor in Dental Public Health, University of Benghazi, Libya

Learning outcomes

After this workshop, delegates will be able to:

  • Describe behaviour change and the theoretical basis
  • Provide examples of oral health behaviour change interventions
  • Critique the use of behaviour change interventions compared to other oral health education approaches
  • Explain the steps in developing a behaviour change intervention
  • Apply this step-by-step approach to design a behaviour change intervention aimed at children and families
  • Discuss the different approaches to evaluating the effectiveness of behaviour change interventions
  • Understand the challenges of implementing these interventions within public health or clinical settings

Attendance and timing

  • Maximum number of attendees is 25
  • 4 hours duration with an interactive activity and break included