Nicola has had an unusual career path, qualifying as a Registered General Nurse, working in neurosurgery in Edinburgh and gaining a BSc in Life Sciences at Napier University. She then graduated in Dentistry, from Dundee Dental School in 1998, having also obtained an intercalated degree in Molecular and Cellular Pathology. Nicola next spent seven years as a general dental practitioner before returning to join the Preventive and Children’s Section in Dundee Dental Hospital & School, where she gained her PhD for investigating the Hall Technique and is now a Senior Lecturer and Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry.
In addition to being Co-Associate Editor of the Evidence Based Dentistry Journal, Nicola sits on the Scottish Dental Practice Based Research Network steering committee, a number of SDCEP and SIGN guidance development groups, is a member of the International Society for Evidence Based Healthcare, European Cariology Curriculum Development Group and is involved in the Pan European Region Practice Based Research Network.
She is currently Chief Investigator on two randomised controlled trials FiCTION (Fillings in Children’s Teeth; Indicated or Not) and SIXES (Should I eXtract Every Six?), as well as being involved in Germany and New Zealand based trials.