Cristin Kearns, DDS, MBA

Asst Prof in Residence
Preventive & Restor Dent Sci

For the last decade, Dr. Kearns has been working to establish food industry documents research as a new area of investigation that transforms the way people think about sugar and the sugar industry’s role in promoting health inequities related to dental caries, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. In 2018, her research and document collecting efforts culminated in the launch of the UCSF Food Industry Documents Archive (FIDA), a collection of more than 600,000 sugar-industry related documents, which is part of the UCSF Industry Documents Library (IDL). The IDL is a digital archive of documents created by industries that influence public health. Originally established in 2002 to house the millions of documents publicly disclosed in litigation between US States and the seven major tobacco industry organizations, the collections have been expanded to include documents from the food, drug, chemical, and fossil fuel industries. UCSF has a long and continuing history of excellence in research on the commercial determinants of health built around the IDL. Dr. Kearns is part of a core group of faculty engaged in innovative documents-based analyses that have been influential in the public, academic, and policymaking spheres.

Publications: 

Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealthinamerica

Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealthinamerica

National Institutes of Health, Kearns CE (Contributing Author)

Work site access to fluoridated tap water and retail beverages: An assessment of the University of California, San Francisco campuses.

Journal of the American Dental Association (1939)

Kalair N, Mousli LM, Jacobs LM, Schmidt L, Kearns C

The global oral health workforce - Authors' reply.

Lancet (London, England)

Benzian H, Guarnizo-Herreño C, Kearns C, Muriithi MW, Watt RG

The WHO global strategy for oral health: an opportunity for bold action.

Lancet (London, England)

Benzian H, Guarnizo-Herreño CC, Kearns C, Muriithi MW, Watt RG

California Dentists' Engagement in Media Advocacy for Sugar Restriction Policies.

JDR clinical and translational research

Kearns CE, Urata J, Chaffee BW

Neoliberalism and Indigenous oral health inequalities: a global perspective.

Community dental health

Jamieson L, Kearns C, Ankeny R, Hedges J, Thomson WM

Beverage Advertisement Receptivity Associated With Sugary Drink Intake and Harm Perceptions Among California Adolescents.

American journal of health promotion : AJHP

Chaffee BW, Werts M, White JS, Couch ET, Urata J, Cheng J, Kearns C

Transnational corporations, obesity and planetary health.

The Lancet. Planetary health

Schmidt L, Mialon M, Kearns C, Crosbie E

The Lancet Oral Health Series: Implications for Oral and Dental Research.

Journal of dental research

Watt RG, Daly B, Allison P, Macpherson LMD, Venturelli R, Listl S, Weyant RJ, Mathur MR, Guarnizo-Herreño CC, Celeste RK, Peres MA, Kearns C, Benzian H

Ending the neglect of global oral health: time for radical action.

Lancet (London, England)

Watt RG, Daly B, Allison P, Macpherson LMD, Venturelli R, Listl S, Weyant RJ, Mathur MR, Guarnizo-Herreño CC, Celeste RK, Peres MA, Kearns C, Benzian H

Oral diseases: a global public health challenge.

Lancet (London, England)

Peres MA, Macpherson LMD, Weyant RJ, Daly B, Venturelli R, Mathur MR, Listl S, Celeste RK, Guarnizo-Herreño CC, Kearns C, Benzian H, Allison P, Watt RG

The sugar industry's influence on policy.

Science (New York, N.Y.)

Kearns C, Schmidt L, Apollonio D, Glantz S

Guidelines to Limit Added Sugar Intake.

Annals of internal medicine

Kearns C, Schillinger D

Do Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Cause Obesity and Diabetes?

Annals of internal medicine

Schillinger D, Kearns C

Guidelines to Limit Added Sugar Intake: Junk Science or Junk Food?

Annals of internal medicine

Schillinger D, Kearns C

Sugar in the Spotlight.

Journal of the California Dental Association

Kearns CE

How a former dentist drilled the sugar industry

Mother Jones-online

Couzens CK

Why Mike Bloomberg's soda ban could actually work

The Daily Beast

Couzens CK, Taubes G.