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Mariam Ahmad Khokhar
Research Associate



Mariam is a dentist working in Global Health in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York, interested in patients’ voices and tobacco control in LMICs. Currently, she is the trial coordinator for the CLASS III trial which is focused on preventing children’s exposure to secondhand smoking (SHS) in Pakistan and Bangladesh. She is also working on the WHO FCTC 2030 evaluation project.


  • BDS - University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Diploma in Dental Public Health, Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Masters in Dental Public Health, Univeristy of Sheffield, UK
  • PhD in Dental Public Health, University of Sheffield, UK



Mariam trained as a dentist in Pakistan. She is a Diplomate in Dental Public Health from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and has also obtained a Masters degree in Dental Public Health from the University of Sheffield, where she wrote a thesis on life course perspective and oral health. Mariam's PhD research focused on the social determinants of oral cancer in Pakistan through an oral history approach. She was awarded the David Locker Scholarship during the course of her PhD study in Sheffield.

Mariam also has a background in evidence-based health care research and has conducted several systematic reviews with the Cochrane collaboration. She is interested in raising the profile of public health and tobacco control, especially in lower and middle-income countries.


  • CLASS III trial which focuses on children learning about second hand smoking in Pakistan and Bangladesh
  • WHO FCTC 2030 evaluation project

Research group(s)


Oral cancer, oral health (with particualr interest in LMICs), health inequalities & social determinants, oral history, smokeless tobacco control.


Full publications list



  • Mariam has worked as a teaching assistant for the Ethics and Integrity module at the Doctoral level for the period of five months. She found it a great learning experience which built her confidence and improved her teaching skills. She received outstanding feedback from the students.
  • Mariam facilitated the Nottingham Systematic Review course with the chief tutors. She taught and gave practical advice to a small group eager to complete publishable systematic reviews.

External activities


  • The British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry (BASCD)
  • UK Trial Managers' network
  • Oral History Society

Editorial duties

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, UK
  • Member of the Review Board at the American Journal of Health Behavior
  • Honorary Research Fellow for Cochrane Schizophrenia Group, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, October 2015-2018

Invited talks and conferences

  • Poster presentation, BASCD Autumn Scientific meeting (2019), London
  • Oral presentation on 'Women's voices in pathways to diagnosis of oral cancer in Pakistan', Dangerous Oral Histories Conference (2018), Belfast
  • Poster presentation 'Pathways to diagnosis of oral cancer in Pakistan', which reflected the findings of her PhD study, IADR (International Association of Dental Research) (2018), London

Contact details

Dr Mariam Ahmad Khokhar
Research Associate