Dr Patricia Neville

BA(N.U.I.), MA(N.U.I.), PhD(Limerick)

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Research interests

I am a research active sociologist who advocates for a social science perspective to dental education and oral health research. My educational research projects are primarily concerned with amplifying the dental student voice and their learning journey through dental school, especially regarding the teaching and learning of dental professionalism, social and behavioural sciences in dental curricula, and student engagement.  My other research interests are in equality and inclusion issues in dentistry, digital technology and social media in dentistry, dental/healthcare professionalism and a sociology of oral health. These research projects build on my previous/ongoing work in the sociology of gender, health, and education.

Research interests

Dental education

Dental students undergraduate learning journey

Qualitative and creative research methods in education

Equality, diversity and inclusion in dentistry

Impact of digital technology and social media on dentistry and healthcare professionalism

Sociology of oral health

Multidisciplinarity in dentistry and dental research


  • sociology of oral health
  • health professions
  • Dental professionalism
  • gender and diversity issues in health professions
  • Dental education


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