Susan Cunningham graduated from Leeds University in 1988. Her orthodontic training was undertaken at the Eastman Dental Institute in London, gaining an MSc in 1994, Membership in Orthodontics in 1995 and PhD in 2000. She is now Professor of Orthodontics/ Honorary Consultant at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute and is Programme Director of the postgraduate orthodontic programme.
Her main research interests are in the psychological effects of dentofacial discrepancies and the process and outcomes of orthodontic and orthognathic treatment. She has published more than 125 original research papers and contributed to a number of specialist textbooks.