My early career as a dentist in India focussed on the care of people with dental needs in community settings. This interest in population oral health led directly into my Masters and PhD in Dental Public Health. I worked as post-doctoral research associate at University of Sheffield in 2014. Thereafter, I was appointed Lecturer in Dental Public Health at University of Aberdeen in March 2016.
My teaching commitments have involved developing undergraduate DPH programme in Aberdeen Dental School. My research has focussed on the effect of the mouth on everyday life and the use of this effect to evaluate oral health care.
My specific research interests include: oral health inequalities, oral health quality of life; health service evaluation; and the psychosocial impact of oral health conditions.
I have previously worked on a research project which aimed to develop a self-help CBT-based resource for young people with dental anxiety, funded by a Research for Patient Benefit (NIHR) grant.
My PhD research identified significant psychosocial variables and pathways predicting oral health quality of life in adults with potential implications for oral health promotion interventions and oral health inequalities.
I am currently working on developing and conducting a dental health survey in care homes in the Grampian region involving older adults.
Simultaneously, I am involved in research investigating the factors which cause stress in dental students.
I am the lead in Dental Public Health at the Aberdeen Dental school. I am responsible for developing and teaching the UG Dental Public Health curriculum.
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I am involved in DPH related teaching for MSc in Nutrition course at the The Rowett Institute, University of Aberdeen.
I am the coordinator of undergraduate research for the Dental School which includes vacation scholarship programmes. I am also responsible for oraganising year 3 research projects.