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64 3 479 7047
Associate Professor and Convenor Bachelor of Oral Health programme
Department of Oral Sciences
PhD BA (Otago) CertDentTher DPH
Research summary
Dental workforce, dental public health, and dental education


Susan Moffat's principal research interests are in the fields of dental public health, dental therapy history, and dental therapy / oral health therapy education and workforce. Dental therapy is an academic discipline which has not (until recently) had a research tradition of its own, having relied traditionally on work undertaken in the disciplines of paediatric dentistry and dental public health. In that respect, Susan has been one of the pioneers in dental therapy research, and her work has laid some of the groundwork for an ongoing research foundation for both the dental therapy and oral health therapy disciplines.


Boyd, D. H., Foster Page, L. A., Moffat, S. M., & Thomson, W. M. (2023). Time to complain about pain: Children's self-reported procedural pain in a randomised control trial of Hall and conventional stainless-steel crown techniques. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ipd.13059 Journal - Research Article

Choi, J. J. E., Chen, J., Choi, Y. J., Moffat, S. M., Duncan, W. J., Waddell, J. N., & Jermy, M. (2023). Dental high-speed handpiece and ultrasonic scaler aerosol generation levels and the effect of suction and air supply. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 44, 926-933. doi: 10.1017/ice.2022.196 Journal - Research Article

Carruthers, K. A., Adam, L. A., & Moffat, S. M. (2022). Dental and oral health therapists' perceptions of continuity of patient care. New Zealand Dental Journal, 118(3), 97-103. Journal - Research Article

Cooper, P. R., Moffat, S. M., & Thomson, W. M. (2022). Te Kaupeka Pūniho: New Zealand's new dental school. British Dental Journal, 233(2), 154-158. doi: 10.1038/s41415-022-4450-0 Journal - Research Other

Boyd, D. H., Moffat, S. M., Foster Page, L. A., Lacey, J. K., Fuge, K. N., Natarajan, A. K., Misa, T. F., & Thomson, W. M. (2022). Oral health of children in Aotearoa New Zealand: Time for change. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 52(4), 335-356. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2022.2069826 Journal - Research Article

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