Dr. Forrest is the Chair of the Behavioral Science Section in the Division of Dental Public Health & Pediatric Dentistry, and the Director of the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Forrest has received federal funding for several grants including one to prepare faculty on how to integrate an evidence-based approach into curriculum. As part of that grant, the Evidence-Based Decision Making website was established.
Dr. Forrest is an internationally recognized author and presenter on Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM). She has served as the pre-Conference workshop chair for both the First and Second International Conferences on Evidence-Based Dentistry and has participated in the ADA’s Champion Conferences on EBD. Dr. Forrest is the lead co-author on the book, Evidence-Based Decision Making: A Translational Guide for Dental Professionals and has chapters published on EBDM in Clinical Periodontology and Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice.
Dr. Forrest serves on several editorial boards including the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice.