Dr Merrilyn Hooley graduated as a Dental Therapist and worked for a number of years in public dentistry within the Victorian School Dental Service. She developed an interest in the ways individuals’ personalities and moods affected their response to dental treatment and began studying Psychology, eventually graduating with a PhD. Merrilyn now works as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, Deakin University, Melbourne. Her research interests revolve around parenting and parent-child relationships and the ways these factors influence children’s health (dental health and obesity) and psychological outcomes. Merrilyn is also a founding member of the Oral Health Advisory Panel.