Dr. Roberts received his D.D.S. degree from Creighton University in 1967. In 1969, a Ph.D. in Anatomy (minor in molecular biology) was conferred at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. Research training was in mineralized tissue morphology, quantitative cell kinetics and histomorphometry of bone. Following two years active duty in the U.S. Navy with a tour in Viet Nam, Dr. Roberts completed a three year residency in academic orthodontics at the University of Connecticut in 1974. Clinical training emphasized fundamental principles of biomechanics and bone physiology.
In 1996, a Docteur Honoris Causa (honorary doctorate in medicine) was awarded by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lille II, Lille, France. From 1974-88, Dr. Roberts served in the Departments of Anatomy and Orthodontics, at University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, San Francisco. He was Professor of Orthodontics, Director of Graduate Orthodontics Research, and Director of the Pacific Bone Research Laboratory. From 1988-97, Dr. Roberts was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthodontics (Oral Facial Development) at Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD). Since 1997, he is Head of the Orthodontics Division of the Department of Oral Facial Development. Joint appointments are: 1) Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Indiana University School of Medicine, 2) Department of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University at Indianapolis and 3) Department of Implantology and Maxillofacial Reconstructive Surgery, University of Lille, France. From 1988 to 2008, Dr. Roberts served as Director of the Graduate Orthodontics Program at IUSD. He was selected for the endowed Jarabak Chair in Orthodontics at Indiana University during his tenure. Dr. Roberts currently assists the department as Professor Emeritus.
Throughout his career, Dr. Roberts has maintained a part-time private practice with an emphasis on implant-anchored orthodontics for management of complex partially edentulous malocclusions. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontists, Member of the Edward H. Angle Society (Midwest Component), and holds fellowships in both the International College and American College of Dentists.
Roberts, WE, Arbuckle, GA and Hohlt, WF: The supporting structures and dental adaptation. In: Science and Practice of Occlusion, McNeill, C. (Editor), Quintessence Publishing, Chicago, 1997, pp 77-90.
Roberts, WE: Assessment of malocclusion. In: Decision Making in Dental Treatment Planning, 2nd ed., Hall, WB, Gluskin, AH, Roberts, WE, LaBarre, EE (Eds), Mosby-Year Book, 1998, pp. 170-171.
Roberts, WE: Edentulous spaces in the mandibular posterior segments. In: Decision Making in Dental Treatment Planning, 2nd ed., Hall, WB, Gluskin, AH, Roberts, WE, LaBarre, EE (Eds), Mosby-Year Book, 1998, pp. 177-179.
Roberts, WE: Treatment planning the restoration of the partially edentulous dentition. In: Decision Making in Dental Treatment Planning, 2nd ed., Hall, WB, Gluskin, AH, Roberts, WE, LaBarre, EE (Eds), Mosby-Year Book, 1998, pp. 193-195.
Roberts, WE, Garetto, LP: Bone PHysiology and metabolism. In: Contemporary Implant Dentistry, edited by CE Misch. St. Louis: Mosby, 1999, pp. 225-237.
Roberts, WE Dental implant anchorage for cost-effective management of dentaland skeletal malocclusion. In: Dentofacial Deformities, 2nd ed., Volume IV, Epker, BN, Stella, JP and Fish, LC (Eds), Mosby, St. Louis, 1999, pp 2375-2408.
Roberts, WE Bone physiology, metabolism and biomechanics in orthodontic practice. In: Orthodontics: Current Principles and Techniques, 3rd ed., Graber TM and RL Vanarsdall Jr. (Eds), Mosby-Yearbook, St. Louis, 2000, pp 193-257.
Huja, S, Katona TR, Roberts WE: Microhardness testing of bone. In: Mechanical Testing of Bone and the Bone-Implant Interface, An YH, Draughn RA (eds), CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2000, pp 247-256.
Roberts, W.E.: Orthodontic anchorage with osseointegrated implants: Bone physiology, metabolism, and Quintessence, Chicago, 2000, pp 161-189.
Roberts WE., Hohlt WF, Baldwin JJ: Adjunctive orthodontic therapy in adults: biological, medical and treatment considerations. Chapter 24 In: Textbook of Orthodontics. SE Bishara (ed.), WB Saunders, Harcourt Health Sciences, St. Louis, 2001, pp 494-531.
Roberts WE, Hohlt WF, Baldwin JJ: Correction of partially edentulous malocclusions: Facial esthetics and vertical dimension of occlusion. In: Frontiers of Dental and Facial Esthetics. JA McNamara (ed), Center for Human Growth and Development, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2001, 201-226.