Sucharita Nanjappa graduated in dentistry (BDS) from the University of Mangalore, India. She completed an MSc in Dental Public Health from the University of London and was invited to stay on to do a Ph.D., which was awarded by the University of London in 2012.
During her post-doctoral appointment as a Research Fellow with the Dental Health Services Research Unit, University of Dundee, she worked with service designers to develop a communication toolkit (Chatterbox) to facilitate communication between socially excluded families and community dental health support workers.
Sucharita was appointed Lecturer in Dental Public Health in November 2014.
CHATTERBOX service evaluation: Evaluation of the CHATTERBOX intervention, an evidence-based communication tool based around improving communication and building relationships through interactive storyboarding.
Childsmile @ HIC Online Survey: A web based survey to evaluate the extent to which the current Childsmile @ HIC database meets the needs of programme users.
DAPER III: A field trial to identify parents’ dental-related concerns and assess if a tailored intervention (CHATTERBOX) by Dental Health Support Workers (DHSWs) would enable parents to access dental care for their child.
Development and delivery of the Masters in Dental Public Health (MDPH) Programme.
Supervise MDPH students
Supervise PhD students
Theme lead for Patient Management Group
Co-lead for development and delivery of Dental Public Health and Communication Skills
Published peer reviewed articles
Nanjappa, S., Hector, M.P., Marcenes, W. (2015) Mother’s perception of general family functioning and sugar consumption of 3 and 4 year old children: the ELF study. Caries Research 49(5): 515-522.
Nanjappa, S., Lindsay, R., White, H., Freeman, R. (2015) Chatterbox. Peer reviewed and accepted for publication in 11th European Academy of Design Conference, Paris 2015.
Nanjappa, S. and Freeman, R. (2014) CHATTERBOX: developing and piloting an interactive communication toolkit for engaging families with dental services. Journal of Nursing and Care 3: 215. doi:10.4172/2167-1168.1000215.
Nanjappa, S., Chambers, S., Marcenes, W., Richards, D., Freeman, R. 2014. A theory led narrative review of one-to-one health interventions: the influence of attachment style and client provider relationship on client adherence. Health Education and Research. 29(5):740-754.
Pau, A., Nanjappa, S., Diu, S. 2010. Evaluation of dental practitioners with special interest in minor oral surgery. British Dental Journal 208(3): 103-107
Nanjappa, S. & Freeman, R. 2014. Evaluating Childsmile @ HIC: meeting the needs of programme users. Dental Health Services Research Unit, University of Dundee.
Nanjappa, S. & Freeman, R. 2013. Developing an inventory to Assess Parental concerns and Enable child dental Registration (DAPER). Phase 3 report: Field trial of the PDCS using the CHATTERBOX intervention. Dental Health Services Research Unit, University of Dundee
Nanjappa, S. & Freeman, R. 2013. E-consenting: Evaluating a new method for processing Childsmile consent forms. Dental Health Services Research Unit, University of Dundee.
Nanjappa, S and Croucher, R. 2007. Dentaid Equipment Donation Programme Independent Evaluation. Dentaid UK.
Nanjappa, S., Lindsay, R., White, H., Freeman, R. CHATTERBOX. The Value of Design Research. 11th Annual Academy of Design Conference, Paris Descartes University Institute of Psychology, Boulogne Billancourt, France, 2015.
Nanjappa, S., Fulke, S., Lindsay, R., Freeman, R. Developing CHATTERBOX: A toolkit to facilitate oral health communication and parental empowerment. 19th Congress of the European Association of Dental Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden 12-14 June 2014.
Nanjappa, S., Chambers, S., Fulke, S., Lindsay, R., Freeman, R. The Chatterbox intervention to enable Child dental registration and attendance: a collaboration between dentistry and design. Annual Public Health Conference, Crieff 2012.
Marcenes, W., Nanjappa, S., Perceived Family Function and Dental Caries Experience in Adults. IADR, San Diego 2011.
Nanjappa, S., Hector, M.P., Marcenes, W., Family related factors and sugar consumption frequency of pre-school children. IADR, Barcelona 2010.
Diu, S., Nanjappa, S., Pau, A., DPwSI Oral Surgery Scheme Evaluation. PEF IADR, London 2008.
OTHER INVITED PRESENTATIONS
CMDN Research Symposium. Crieff Hydro, Crieff, 27th February 2015. Inequalities: Barriers to the implementation of a toolkit to promote inclusion of socially excluded mothers in dental care.
Childsmile Symposium. Beardmore Hotel, Glasgow, 29th October 2014. Developing CHATTERBOX: A Toolkit to Facilitate Oral Health Communication and Parental Empowerment
National Oral Health Promotion Group (NOHPG) Study Day, parallel session. The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow, 20th June 2014. CHATTERBOX: engaging with vulnerable families for oral health.
Dundee Dental School Open Seminars, Dundee, 28th May 2014. CHATTERBOX: engaging with vulnerable families for oral health.
Childsmile Evaluation Board Meeting. Glasgow Dental School, Glasgow, 2nd May 2014. CHATTERBOX: the impact of individual and organisational factors on DHSWs’ engagement with vulnerable families in their homes.
CMDN Research Symposium. Crieff Hydro, Crieff, 21st February 2014. From Family functioning to CHATTERBOX: engaging with vulnerable families for oral health.
Scottish Oral Health Improvement Network (SOHIN) meeting. Thistle House, Edinburgh, 19th June 2013. CHATTERBOX.
Population Health Sciences Seminar. Mackenzie Building, University of Dundee, 9th May 2012. Family functioning and sugar consumption in 3 and 4 year olds in Outer North East London.