Barbara Shearer, PhD, MDS, is Director of Scientific Affairs for Colgate. She is responsible for academic programs, professional associations, professional education and public health in North America. Originally from New Zealand, Dr. Shearer joined the company there in 2004, later moving to Australia to manage Scientific Affairs in the South Pacific region. Working in the corporate environment allows her to support initiatives to help dental professionals in their practices as well as public health programs in various community settings.
Previously, Dr. Shearer held various roles at Unilever Research in England, including designing and managing clinical trials, global outreach programs and professional relations. Her first position was as a Dental House Surgeon for the Auckland, New Zealand Area Health Board. Dr. Shearer has also served as a faculty member at the University of Otago School of Dentistry, and was briefly in private practice. She holds a BDS from the University of Otago, where she also received a PhD in Oral Pathology and MDS in Prosthodontics.