Dr Kirsty Hill Ph.D (Dental/Psychology), MSc(Dental), PGCE (Secondary), BA(Joint Hons)

Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health and Behavioural Science

School of Dentistry

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Contact details

The School of Dentistry
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
St Chad's Queensway
Birmingham
B4 6NN
United Kingdom

About

Dr Hill has  worked at the University for the last 12 years, first as a Research Fellow working on the National Evaluation of Personal Dental Services, until promoted in 2003 to a Lecturer in Dental Public Health and Behavioural Science and further promoted in 2010 to Senior Lecturer. 

Dr Hill is Senior Tutor for Student Welfare for Hygiene and Therapy, Bio-materials, postgraduate students (General Dental Practice) and Deputy Tutor for Student Welfare for the dental students (BDS).

Dr Hill has a strong academic background in Dental Public Health and Behavioural Science.  Dr Hill is currently working on the following research projects:

  • National Survey into Adult Dental Health.
  • Outcomes of Periodontal Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Premature Retirement in Dentistry.

Qualifications

  • PhD:  Patient’s perception of dental services (University of Birmingham).
  • PGCE:  Teaching (University of Manchester).
  • MSc: Dental Public Health (University of Manchester).
  • BA (Hons):  Psychology & Sociology (Combined degree: University of Bradford).
  •  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Re No: 30988).

Biography

Dr Hill is a dedicated and enthusiastic Senior Lecturer with a strong academic background in Dental Public Health and Behavioural Science. She possesses excellent interpersonal and presentation skills and the ability to communicate concisely and professionally at all levels. She is able to demonstrate proven research skills with knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. She enjoys being part of, as well as leading, a successful and productive team and thrives in highly pressurised and challenging working environments. Dr Hill is passionate about teaching and value student’s opinion in developing my modules. Dr Hill is excellent at ensuring professional discipline and behaviour in the student body. Dr Hill encourages students to discuss topical areas in a professional manor and evaluate the information presented to them.  

Teaching

  • BDS
  • BSc Hygiene and Therapy
  • MSc Advanced General Dental Practice.

Postgraduate supervision

  • 1 MSc student from the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham. (Barriers to change in Health Care systems).
  • 1 Ph.D Student.: Inequalities in health.
  • 1 MPhil (Completed inequalities in health)1MSc (E-learning).

Research

Over 40 scientific research publications in peer-reviewed journals or other peer review manuscripts.   A proportion of these publications have been published in Journal of Dentistry, British Dental Journal, Community Dental Health, European Journal of Dental Education, Qualitative Psychology, Community Oral Health and Epidemiology and Oral Health Promotion Research Group. Behavioural Science is a developing area in dentistry, with some journals only just accepting qualitative papers in the last few years. Dr Hill has developed a new area of research since her appointment at Birmingham; this includes dental anxiety, psychological treatment of gagging patients, and training needs of GDPs in treating dental anxious patients.

  • Presented at National / international conference proceedings. 22 published peer reviewed abstracts.
  • Invited speaker at BDA Community Dental Services Group – The Epidemiology of Smoking and Oral Disease and OHPRG Annual Conference – Behaviour Change: The Evidence.
  • Invited speaker at The University of Newcastle, School of Dentistry, - Stress in dentistry and effect of premature retirement.
  • Invited speaker at The University of Bristol, School of Dentistry, - Stress in dentistry and effect of premature retirement.
  • Regular reviewer of research papers submitted to various journals including British Dental Journal, Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, Journal of Community Dental Health and Journal of Dentistry.
  • Member of the Behavioural Science Research Group of the British Society for Dental Research. Vice President of the Oral Health Promotions Research Group.

Other activities

PROFESSIONAL MEMEMBERSHIP

  • Panel member of the National Audit Office – Study into NHS Dentistry (2004-5).
  • International Association of Dental Research (IADR).
  • British Society Dental Research (BSDR).
  • British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry.
  • BASCD Teachers and Research Meetings.
  • Oral Health Promotion Research Group – Vice President.
  • British Psychology Society- section Health Psychology.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Re No: 30988).

EXTERNAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Chair of Governing Body at a local primary school in Birmingham.

Publications

Linjawi A.L., Hill K.B. Walmsley A.D Online Discussion Boards in Dental Education: Potential and Challenges. European Journal Dental Education.

Hill KB, Burke FJT, Brown J, Macdonald EB, Morris AJ, White DA, Murray K. 2010. Dental practitioners and ill health retirement: a qualitative investigation into the causes and effects, British Dental Journal, 209, 5, E8. ISSN: 0007-0610.

Hill KB, Burke FJT, Brown J, Macdonald EB, Morris AJ, White DA, Murray K. 2010. Summary of: Dental practitioners and ill health retirement: a qualitative investigation into the causes and effects, British Dental Journal, 209, 5, 220-221. ISSN: 0007-0610.

Hill K.B and Rimington D. (2010) Oral Health and the Provision of Dental Care for the Homeless. Journal of Primary Healthcare Research & Development doi: 10.1017/S1463423610000368 Published online by Cambridge University Press, 28 Oct 2010.

Linjawi A.L., Hamdan A.M., Perryer D.G., Walmsley A.D., Hill K.B. (2009) Students’ attitude towards an on-line orthodontic learning resource. European Journal Dental Education 13 87–92.

Walmsley A. D., Lambe C,S., Perryer D.G., Hill K.B. (2009) PODCASTS – An adjunct to the teaching of Dentistry. British Dental Journal 206 (3) FEB 14: 157-160.

Hill K.B., Morris A.J., White D.A., McHughS., Atwal R., Burke F.J.T (2009) A comparison of Personal Dental Service (PDS) and General Dental Service (GDS) patients in terms of number of interventions and oral health. Community Dental Health 26(3):170-6.

Hainsworth J.M..,Hill K.B., Fairbrother K.J..Rice A. (2008) Psychosocial characteristics of adults who experience difficulties with retching. Journal of Dentistry. Volume 36, Issue 7, Pages 494 - 499.

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