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Professor Jennifer Gallagher MBE

Professor Jennifer E Gallagher MBE

Head of Population and Patient Health

Newland Pedley Professor of Oral Health Strategy

Head of Dental Public Health

Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health



Research topics:

  • The Dental Workforce: Workforce models, capacity, skill mix, professional careers and professionalism.
  • Care for vulnerable groups; most notably high caries children and older adults.
  • Promoting oral health and prevention of disease at community, high risk group, and individual levels.



Post-doctoral researchers: Dr Tunmise Awojobi; Dr Kristina Wanyonyi; Rakhee Patel

PhD students as primary supervisor: Victoria Niven; Shiyana Elias; Fiorella Colonio Salazar; Andrew Trathen; Firdaus Che-Musa; Shahinaz Sembawa; Swapnil Ghotane

PhD students as second supervisor: Ahmad Aljafari; Latha David; Kawin Sipiyaruk


Research summary:

The overall aim of Professor Gallagher's research is to provide a strategic public health perspective on the dental workforce in support of health and oral healthcare, and thus, inform future decisions at population (governments, educational providers), practice and individual level.

Her research interests focus on shaping the healthcare workforce to meet the needs of the population, with a strong emphasis on promoting oral health and preventing disease, particularly amongst vulnerable groups.

Her team, including international PhD students, is currently exploring the motivation and career expectations of the dental team in a range of different countries, workforce skill mix, widening participation in dentistry, planning human resources for oral health and professionalism. Additionally, Professor Gallagher is currently leading a review of the links between general and oral health for Public Health England.

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