Dr. Debbie L Bonetti

Research Fellow


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Debbie Bonetti received her first degree (BA) from the University of Sydney. After several years in the Australian Commonwealth Government Service (predominantly in the Department of Foreign Affairs), she left Australia and attended the University of St Andrews, where she completed an M.Litt (Health Economics and Management) in 1996 and completed her Ph.D. (Health Psychology) in 2000. She has held appointments as a research fellow in the School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, and then in the Department of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, before joining the Dental Health Services Research Unit, University of Dundee, as a senior research fellow in 2004. She was awarded a Chartership in Health Psychology from the British Psychological Society in 2007.

Her research interests include the development and application of psychological theory to understanding the beliefs and behaviour of health professionals relating to the implementation of evidence-based practice. She is particularly interested in developing theoretically informed interventions and in developing more efficient trial methods in terms of intervention selection and evaluation.

Bonetti D, Clarkson JE, Elouafkaoui P, Stirling D, Young L, Templeton A, for the Translation Research in a Dental Setting (TRiaDS) Research Methodology Group. (2015). Did the Dental care of patients prescribed bisphosphonates change after publishing national guidance? British Dental Journal, in publication. 

Leavy P, Templeton A, Young L, McDonnell C. (2014). Reporting of occupational exposures to blod and body fluids in the primary care dental setting in Scotland: An evaluation of current practice and attitudes. British Dental Journa, 217(4): E7.

Bonetti D. Evidence not practiced: The underutilization of fissure sealants. BDJ (in press, 2014)

Clarkson JE, Ramsay CR, Averely P, Bonetti D, Boyers D, Campbell L, Chadwick GR, Duncan A, Elders A, Gouick J, Pitts NB, van der Pol M, Ricketts DN, Ross MK, Steele JG, Swan M, Tickle M, Watt PD, Worthington HV, Young L. (2013) IQuaD dental trial; improving the quality of dentistry: a multicentre randomised controlled trial comparing oral hygiene advice and periodontal instrumentation for the prevention and management of periodontal disease in dentate adults attending dental primary care. BMC Oral Health 10/2013; 13(1):58.

Bonetti D. (2013) Applying psychological models to evidence-based care by the dental team: a summary paper. Social Science and Dentistry (in press, 2013)

Clarkson, J. E., Bonetti, D. & Worthington, H. (2013) Achieving good oral health in children: The importance of a current, relevant and unbiased evidence base in paediatric dentistry; 2013 British Dental Journal. 214, 11, p. 583-585,

Trewick S, Bonetti D; MacLennan G; Barnett K; Eccles MP; Jones C; Pitts NB; Ricketts IW; Sullivan F; Weal M; Francis JJ. (2013) Paper-based and web-based Intervention Modelling Experiments identified the same predictors of general practitioner antibiotic prescribing behaviour. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology published on-line 2013

E Abt, J Bader, D Bonetti Translating Research into Clinical Practice (2012) JADA 2012;143(4):386-390

Treweek S, Barnett K, MacLennan G, Bonetti D, Eccles D, Francis J, Jones C, Pitts NB, Ricketts IW, Weal M, Sullivan F. (2012) Email invitations to general practitioners made little difference to trial recruitment compared to postal invitations but were less time-consuming and cheaper. J Clin Epi

Eccles, M.P., Grimshaw, J.M., MacLennan, G., Bonetti, D., Glidewell, L., Pitts, N.B., Steen, N., Thomas, R., Walker, A., Johnston, M. (2012) Explaining clinical behaviors using multiple theoretical models. Implementation Science 7 (1) , art. no. 99

Joice, S; Johnston, M; Bonetti, D; Morrison, V; MacWalter, R. (2012)Stroke survivor's evaluation of a stroke workbook intervention designed to enhance perceived control over recovery Health Education Journal 2012, 71(1), 17-29

Grimshaw, J, Eccles M, Steen N, Johnston M, Pitts NB, Glidewell L, Maclennan G, Thomas R, Bonetti D and Walker A (2011) Applying psychological theories to evidence-based clinical practice: Identifying factors predictive of lumbar spine x-ray for low back pain in UK primary care practice Implementation Science 2011, 6:55

Treweek S, Ricketts IW, Francis J, Eccles M, Bonetti D, Pitts NB, MacLennan G, Sullivan F, Jones C and Barnett K (2011) Developing and evaluating interventions to reduce inappropriate prescribing by general practitioners of antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infections: comparison of paper-based and web-based modelling experiments Implementation Science 2011, 6:16

Clarkson JE, Ramsay C, Eccles MP, Eldridge S, Grimshaw JM, Johnston M, Michie S, Treweek S, Walker A, Young L, Black I, Bonetti D, Cassie H, Francis J, MacKenzie G, MacPherson L, McKee L, Pitts NB, Rennie J, Stirling D, Tilley C, Torgerson C, and Vale L. The translation research in a dental setting (TRiaDS) programme protocol Implementation Science 2010, 5:57

Shepherd S, Young L, Clarkson JE, Bonetti D, Ogden GR. General dental practitioner views on providing alcohol related health advice; An exploratory study. British dental journal 2010;208(7):E13; discussion 304-5.

Chalkley M, Young L, Bonetti D, Clarkson JE. Incentives for dentists in public service: evidence from a natural experiment Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 2010, 20:i207-i223.

Bonetti, D., Johnston, M., Clarkson. JE, Grimshaw, J.M., Pitts, N.B., Eccles, M.P., Steen, N., Thomas, R., Maclennan, G., Glidewell, E., Walker, A. Applying psychological theories to evidence-based clinical practice: Identifying factors predictive of placing preventive fissure sealants. Implementation Science 2010, 5:25.

Bonetti, D., Young, L., Black, I., Cassie, H., Ramsay, C.R., Clarkson, J. E. (2009) Can't do it, won't do it! Developing a theoretically framed intervention to encourage better decontamination practice in Scottish dental practices. Implementation Science, 4:31.

Clarkson, J. E., Young, L., Ramsay, C. R., Bonner, B. C., and Bonetti, D. (2009) How to Effectively Influence Patient Oral Hygiene Behaviour Journal of Dental Research; 88; 933-937

Bonetti, D., Johnston, M., Pitts, N. B., Deery, C., Ricketts, I., Tilley, C., and Clarkson, J. E. (2009) Knowledge may not be the best target for strategies to influence evidence-based practice: Using psychological models to understand RCT effects. International Journal of Behavioural Medicine Published On-line 20th February 2009.

Clarkson JE, Bonetti D. (2009) Why be an evidence-based dentistry champion? Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. pp 1-5

Bonetti, D., Johnston, M. , Turner, S., Clarkson, J. (2009) Applying multiple models to predict clinicians’ behavioural intention and objective behaviour when managing children’s teeth Psychology and Health, 24(7), 843 – 860.

Clarkson JE, Bonetti D. Dissemination of Cochrane resources beyond the library. J Evid Based Dent Pract. 2008 Sep;8(3):195-202.

Bonetti, D., Young, L., Rennie, J., Clarkson, J. (2008) Evaluating dental vocational training: How does Scotland compare to the rest of the UK? British Dental Journal 204, 195 - 202

Clarkson JE , Turner S, Grimshaw JM, Ramsay CR, Johnston M, Scott A, Bonetti B, Tilley CJ, Maclennan G, Ibbetson R, MacPherson LMD and Pitts NB (2008) Changing clinicians' behaviour: a randomized controlled trial of fees and education. Journal of Dental Research, 87, 640-644.

Bonetti, D. & Johnston, M. (2008) Perceived control as a predictor of the recovery of individual- specific walking behaviours following stroke: Testing psychological models and constructs British Journal of Health Psychology 13(3), 463-478