Nicole is an Oral Health Therapist and PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland. Nicole’s research interests are in public health and special needs dentistry. She has published work on smoking cessation, hyperpalatable beverages (or sweet drinks) and disadvantaged population’s oral health. Currently, she is working on research investigating the oral health of different special needs population groups including the elderly population, people living with multiple sclerosis, mental illness and homeless people. Her research highlights the diverse interlinked risk factors such as poor diet, employment, education, substance abuse, poor access to dental care and more that influence overall oral health. In addition to this, the findings inform intervention studies where we implement programs that help these populations’ access oral health information and dental services.