Research Manager (NES), Member DHSRU


Dundee Dental Education Centre

Small’s Wynd



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Linda Young graduated with a MA (Hons) and a PhD in Economic Studies from the University of Dundee.  Linda has worked in the area of primary care dental health services research since 1999.  She is currently the Research Manager for the Translation Research in a Dental Setting (TRiaDS) Programme and the Scottish Dental Practice Based Research Network working in partnership with the School of Dentistry.

Linda’s research focuses on the generation and translation of evidence into practice to improve health.  She leads and supports research that includes the development and evaluation of individual behaviour and organisational change interventions to improve practice in the primary care setting.  This has involved a range of primary and secondary research methods including randomized controlled trials and linkage and analysis of large datasets.

Linda’s research is embedded in and provides evidence for education and service policy makers.  This includes the provision of evidence to inform: the ongoing development of the undergraduate dental curriculums in Scotland’s Dental Schools; the development of new inspection processes in primary dental care; the development of in-practice training service initiatives; the implementation of clinical guidance; the development of national strategies to influence antibiotic prescribing; and the development and evaluation of patient-centered care measures. Through her role within SDPBRN Linda supports primary and secondary care dental professionals develop and conduct a variety of research activities in the dental setting.

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.

Jan E Clarkson, Craig R Ramsay, Paul Averely[...]Linda Young. (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: 13:58

Shepherd S., Bonetti D., Clarkson JE., Ogden GR., Young L. (2011) Current practices and intention to provide alcohol-related health advice in primary dental care. British Dental Journal: 211: E14.

Chalkley, M., Tilley, C., Young, L., Bonetti, D., and Clarkson, J. E. (2010) Incentives for dentists in public service: evidence from a natural experiment. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 20: (suppl 2).

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

Shepherd, S., Young, L., Clarkson, J. E., Bonetti, D., and Ogden, G. R. (2010) General dental practitioner views on providing alcohol related health advice; an exploratory study. British Dental Journal. 208: 304-305.

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.

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.