Steve Turner holds a BSc from the University Of London and an M.Sc. from the University of Manchester. He has held senior research posts at the Universities of Newcastle, Northumbria, Kent, Manchester and Stirling, covering the fields of learning disability, dementia, the voluntary sector, the benefit system and the administrative justice system. He is married and lives in Edinburgh.
Since 2002 he has worked to develop and undertake research in dental primary care through a joint appointment across the Universities of Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh. This research activity has included two large scale RCTs in translational research and in preventive treatment for children, UK-wide surveys of sections of the dental workforce, and an evaluation of an oral health improvement programme in a Scottish prison. He contributes to the programme of work of the Scottish Practice Based Research Network under the direction of Professor Jan Clarkson, and to the evaluation of the Childsmile Oral Health Improvement Programme.
At Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute he has collaborated with Dr Ario Santini on a number of experimental and observational studies in material science, and supported post graduate students in their projects, both population based and with a material science focus. In 2012 he led a team from Dundee University which was commissioned by the GDC to undertake a literature review on the risks and benefits of the possible introduction of direct patient access to DCPs in the UK.
He teaches statistics and research methodology on the newly established Oral Health Sciences honours degree course in Edinburgh. He also provides ad-hoc sessions on research methodology and dementia and oral health in EPDI and Glasgow Dental School.
Brokos I, Turner S and Santini A. Effect of disposable infection control covers on power density from dental light curing units. Prim Dent J (in press).
Santini A, Turner S (2011) General dental practitioners' knowledge of polymerisation of resin-based composite restorations and light curing unit technology. Br Dent J. 2011 Sep 23;211(6):E13. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2011.768.
Ross, MK, Turner S and Ibbetson, R The impact of General Dental Council registration and Continuing Professional Development on UK Dental Care Professionals: (2) dental technicians. Br Dent J; (in press)
Turner S, Ross, MK and Ibbetson, R (2012) The impact of General Dental Council registration and Continuing Professional Development on UK Dental Care Professionals: (1) dental nurses. Br Dent J; 213, 2, 70-71. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2012.664.
Akbar T, Turner S, Themessl-Huber M, Richards D and Freeman R. The health promoting prison can it improve oral health? An evaluation of an oral health improvement project for high security prisoners. Int J Health Prom and Educ, 50, 169-177.
Turner S, Chambers SA, and Freeman R (2012) Measuring dental anxiety in children with complex and additional support needs using the Modified Child Dental Anxiety Scale (faces) (MCDASf). J Disability and Oral Health (2012) 13/1.
Turner S, Ross, MK and Ibbetson, R (2011) Job satisfaction among dually qualified dental hygienist-therapists in UK primary care: a structural model. Br Dent J; Feb 26;210(4):E5.
Turner S, Ross, MK and Ibbetson, R (2011) Dental hygienists and therapists: how much professional autonomy do they have? How much do they want? Results from a UK survey. Br Dent J; May 28;210(10):E16.
Turner, S., Brewster, L., Kidd, J., Gnich, W., Ball, G. E., Milburn, K., Pitts, N. B., Goold, S., Conway, D. I. & Macpherson, L. M. D. (2010) Childsmile: the national child oral health improvement programme in Scotland. Part 2: monitoring and delivery. British Dental Journal. 209, 2, p. 79-83, 5 p.
Macpherson, L.M.D., Ball G.E., Brewster L., Duane B., Hodges C.L., Wright W., Gnich W., Rodgers J., McCall D.R., Turner S. and Conway D.I. (2010) Childsmile: the national child oral health improvement programme in Scotland. Part 1: establishment and development . British Dental Journal, 209 (2). pp. 73-78
Bonetti, D., Johnston, M., Clarkson, J. & Turner, S (2009) Applying multiple models to predict clinicians' behavioural intention and objective behaviour when managing children's teeth. Psychology and Health. 24, 7, p. 843-860, 18 p.
Ross, MK, Ibbetson, R, and Turner, S (2009). The impact of teamworking on the knowledge and attitudes of final year dental students. Br Dent J; 206, 163-7
Turner, S., Alborz, A. & Gayle, V (2008) Predictors of academic attainments of young people with Down's syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 52, p. 380-392, 13 p.
Sweeney MP., Manton, S., Kennedy, C, (2007) Macpherson L.M. and Turner S. Provision of domiciliary dental care by Scottish dentists: a national survey. Br Dent J; Feb 2:E11
Ross, MK, Ibbetson, R, and Turner, S (2007). The acceptability of dually-qualified dental hygienist-therapists by General Dental Practitioners in South East Scotland. Br Dent J; 202, 146-7
Clarkson JE, Turner S et al (2008) Changing clinicians' behaviour: a randomized controlled trial of fees and education. J Dent Res, 87, 640-644.
Turner S and Alborz A. (2003) Academic attainments of children with Down's syndrome: A longitudinal study Br J Educ Psych, 73, 563-583.
Turner S, Iliffe S, Downs M , Wilcock J, Bryans M, Levin, E, Keady J, and O’Carroll R (2004) Practitioners' Knowledge, Confidence and Attitudes in Diagnosis and Management of Dementia Age and Ageing 2004 Sep;33
Turner S, Iliffe S, Downs M , Bryans M, Wilcock J, Austin T (2003) Decision Support Software for Dementia Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care: Relevance and Potential Age and Mental Health, 7(1):28-33
Downs M, Turner, S, Iliffe, S, Bryans, M, Wilcock, J, Keady, J, Levin, E, O’Carroll, R and Howie, K (2006) Effectiveness of educational interventions in improving detection and management of dementia in primary care: A cluster randomized controlled study. British Medical Journal, Mar 25;332(7543):692-6.