Co-Director DHSRU; Director, Effective Dental Practice Programme and Associate Dean for Research


Division of Oral Health Sciences
Dental Hospital & School
Park Place
Dundee DD1 4HR


GDC No. 62406

Phone Number:

+44 (0)1382740 990

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Jan Clarkson graduated in dentistry from Newcastle University in 1984 and in 1994 she completed a PhD, entitled Development of a Classification and Index of Dental Treatment Experience, at Manchester University.                                                                         

She is Director of Effective Dental Practice Programme and with Professor Ruth Freeman is Co-Director of the Dental Health Services Research Unit at the University of Dundee. Her remit is to conduct high quality research and promote the implementation of research evidence in dental primary care. Her research has included several clinical trials involving over 300 dentists and 10,000 patients. 

Jan is a founding member of the Cochrane Oral Health Group and is Joint Co-ordinating Editor. She is currently Director of the Scottish Clinical Effectiveness Programme and the Scottish Dental Practice Based Research Network and is NES lead at Dundee Dental Education Centre.


  • 2013, Fellowship, Dental Faculty, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow
  • 2000, Member of the Institute for Learning and Teaching
  • 1998, Fellowship in Dental Surgery Paediatric Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh
  • 1991, Fellowship in Dental Surgery Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh

Jan’s research is in dental clinical effectiveness and knowledge translation.  She has worked in health services research throughout her career, with a focus on issues relevant to primary care.  As Director of DHSRU and SDCEP she undertakes and supports research that facilitates, informs and promotes health in order to reduce illness.   This has involved primary and secondary research methods, principally randomised controlled trials (RCT) and Cochrane systematic reviews.  

Much of Jan’s research is embedded in service and education delivery.  The outcome has informed changes to Scotland’s dental remuneration policy, contributed to NICE and SIGN guideline development, provided evidence of the effect of change to national postgraduate education policy and informed methodological debates in RCT design.  She was Principal Investigator of the only implementation trial of dental remuneration and education (CSO/SHEFC), the first cluster versus patient randomised trial (CSO), a UK evaluation of the impact of changes in the dental service contract (ESRC), and the first US funded Cochrane Systematic Reviews (NIDCR). Her theoretical interests are in the application of mixed methods to understand professional behaviour and to develop and evaluate interventions designed to enhance health.  Jan’s current research focuses on the late phase translation of guidance in dentistry.  This includes the TRiaDS (Translation Research in a Dental Setting) programme to develop a suite of experimental and quasi experimental methods, to inform service and education policy makers in Scotland, on the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of strategies to implement national SDCEP guidance.  This programme has recently expanded into community pharmacy and optometry.  The recent HTA awards, to evaluate different dental recall strategies whether to restore primary teeth and the effectiveness of scale and polish, reflects Jan’s approach to pursuing high quality research in dentistry being an author of the Cochrane reviews, the NICE guideline, and Principal Investigator of the commissioned trials.  The National US PBRN are currently discussing replication of these trials in the US system. 

As Joint Chief Investigator of three HTA multi centre HTA trials, Jan manages research funds of c£10m with collaborators across 10 sites involved with the recruitment of c180 UK dental practices and direct employment of 15 staff.  In partnership with NES she manages the research budget for SDCEP which encompasses guidance development, translation research (TRiaDS) and practice based research (SDPBRN) c£600k per year.

In addition to collaborating with researchers across Schools within the College, Jan works in reciprocal partnership with international researchers in the Universities of Aberdeen, Manchester, Ottawa, Newcastle upon Tyne, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, York, University College London, and GKT.  This multidisciplinary collaboration includes statisticians’, implementation scientists, trial methodologists, health psychologists, economists, organisation scientists, statistical modellers, educationalists and clinicians. Jan has secured sustainable funding for her research group which comprises 14 researchers and 12 administrators.

The focus of Jan’s teaching activity is to promote the translation of research evidence in clinical practice, support the conduct of high quality research in a primary care setting, and Cochrane systematic reviews.  

International invitations to teach on 3-5 day courses: 
  • 2012                     New York, USA                         Dental School, Cochrane Oral Health Group and Evidence Based Dentistry
  • 2012                     Chicago, USA                           American Dental Association Scientific Group Evidenced Based Dentistry
  • 2011                     Chicago, USA                           American Dental Association Scientific Group Evidenced Based Dentistry
  • 2011                     New York, USA                         Dental School, Cochrane Oral Health Group and Evidence Based Dentistry
  • 2010                     Temple University, USA            Systematic Reviews and Evidence in Dentistry, American Dental Association
  • 2007                     University of Harvard, USA       Evidence Based Dentistry to American Association of Equilibationists        
  • 2005                     Chicago, USA                           American Dental Association Scientific Group Evidenced Based Dentistry
  • 2004                     Rio, Brazil                                ORCA Summer School
  • 2004                     University of Michigan, USA    Systematic Reviews in Dentistry
  • 2001/2/3/4          Manchester, UK                       Cochrane Oral Health Group annual course on Conducting Systematic Reviews
  • 2001                     Budapest, Hungary                  ORCA Summer School
  • 2001                     Washington, USA                     American Dental Association Teachers Evidence Based Dentistry
  • 2001                     University of Michigan, USA    Systematic Reviews in Dentistry
  • 2000                     University of Michigan, USA    Evidence Based Dentistry Course, American Association of Endodontists
  • 1999                     Krakow, Poland                       ORCA Summer School
  • 1995                     University of Michigan, USA   Dental Practice Based Research 

Shepherd, S, Bonnetti, D , Clarkson, JE , Ogden, GR & Young, L 2011, ' Summary of: current practices and intention to provide alcohol-related health advice in primary dental care ' British Dental Journal , vol 211, no. 7, pp. 322-323., 10.1038/sj.bdj.2011.843

Shepherd, S, Young, L , Clarkson, JE , Bonetti, D & Ogden, GR 2010, ' Summary of: general dental practitioner views on providing alcohol related health advice; an exploratory study ' British Dental Journal , vol 208, no. 7, pp. 304-305., 10.1038/sj.bdj.2010.321

Ho-A-Yun, J, Crawford, F & Clarkson, J 2009, 'Summary of: The use of the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need in dental primary care' British Dental Journal, vol 206, no. 8, pp. 418-419. DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2009.339

Clarkson, JE, Bonetti, D & Worthington, H 2013, 'Achieving good oral health in children: the importance of a current, relevant and unbiased evidence base in paediatric dentistry' British Dental Journal, vol 214, no. 11, pp. 583-585. DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2013.526

Bonetti, D, Clarkson, J, Young, L & Ramsay, C 2008, 'Using psychogical theory to design a health promotion intervention delivered by primary care dentists' Psychology and Health, vol 23, no. Supplement 1, pp. 70. DOI: 10.1080/08870440802299543

Innes, NPT, Evans, DJP, Clarkson, JE & Foley, JI 2005, 'Obtaining an evidence-base for clinical dentistry through clinical trials' Primary Dental Care, vol 12, no. 3, pp. 91-96. DOI: 10.1308/1355761054348459

Deery, C, Clarkson, J, Farnham, J & On behalf of the IAPD guideline development forum 2016, 'Editorial: is it time to share paediatric guideline development?' International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, vol 26, no. 1, pp. 1-2. DOI: 10.1111/ipd.12217

Lamont, TJ, Clarkson, JE, Ricketts, DNJ, Heasman, PA & Ramsay, CR 2017, 'Core outcomes in periodontal trials: study protocol for core outcome set development' Trials, vol 18, 436, pp. 1-4. DOI: 10.1186/s13063-017-2169-z

Ricketts, D, Lamont, T, Innes, NPT, Kidd, E & Clarkson, JE 2013, 'Operative caries management in adults and children' Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2013, no. 3, CD003808. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003808.pub3

Bonetti, D, Johnston, M, Pitts, NB, Deery, C, Ricketts, I, Tilley, C & Clarkson, JE 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 Behavioral Medicine, vol 16, no. 3, pp. 287-293. DOI: 10.1007/s12529-008-9017-1

Ho-A-Yun, J, Crawford, F, Newton, J & Clarkson, J 2007, 'The effect of advance telephone prompting in a survey of general dental practitioners in Scotland: a randomised controlled trial' Community Dental Health, vol 24, no. 4, pp. 233-237.

Hally, J, Clarkson, JE & Newton, JP 2003, 'Continuing dental care for the Highlands elderly: current practice and attitudes of dental practitioners and home supervisors' Gerodontology, vol 20, no. 2, pp. 88-94. DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-2358.2003.00088.x

Clarkson, JE, Worthington, HV & Eden, OB 2001, 'Interventions for treating oral candidiasis for patients with cancer receiving treatment' Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, no. 1, CD001972. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001972

Riley, P, Glenny, AM, Worthington, HV, Littlewood, A, Fernandez Mauleffinch, LM, Clarkson, JE & Mccabe, MG 2017, 'Interventions for preventing oral mucositis in patients with cancer receiving treatment: Cytokines and growth factors' Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2017, no. 11, CD011990. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011990.pub2

Bonetti, DL, Clarkson, JE, Elouafkaoui, P, Stirling, DA, Young, L & Templeton, AR 2014, 'Managing patients on bisphosphonates: the practice of primary care dentists before and after the publication of national guidance' British Dental Journal, vol 217, E25. DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2014.1121

Clarkson, JE, Amaechi, BT, Ngo, H & Bonetti, D 2009, Recall, reassessment and monitoring. in N Pitt (ed.), Detection, assessment, eiagnosis and monitoring of caries. Monographs in oral science, vol. 21, Karger, Basel, pp. 188-198. DOI: 10.1159/000224223

Clarkson, JE, Young, L, Ramsay, CR, Bonner, BC & Bonetti, D 2009, 'How to influence patient oral hygiene behavior effectively' Journal of Dental Research, vol 88, no. 10, pp. 933-937. DOI: 10.1177/0022034509345627

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, vol 204, no. 4, pp. 195-202. DOI: 10.1038/bdj.2008.107

Hunter, RV, Clarkson, JE, Fraser, HW & MacWalter, RS 2006, 'A preliminary investigation into tooth care, dental attendance and oral health related quality of life in adult stroke survivors in Tayside, Scotland' Gerodontology, vol 23, no. 3, pp. 140-148. DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-2358.2006.00125.x

Clarkson, JE, Ramsay, CR, Averley, P, Bonetti, D, Boyers, D, Campbell, L, Chadwick, GR, Duncan, A, Elders, A, Gouick, J, Hall, AF, Heasman, L, Heasman, PA, Hodge, PJ, Jones, C, Laird, M, Lamont, T, Lovelock, LA, Madden, I, McCombes, W, McCracken, GI, McDonald, AM, McPherson, G, Macpherson, LE, Mitchell, FE, Norrie, JDT, Pitts, NB, van der Pol, M, Ricketts, DNJ, 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, vol 13, 58. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6831-13-58

Chong, LY, Clarkson, JE, Dobbyn-Ross, L & Bhakta, S 2018, 'Slow-release fluoride devices for the control of dental decay' Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2018, no. 3, CD005101. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005101.pub4

Bonetti, D, Hampson, V, Queen, K, Kirk, D, Clarkson, J & Young, L 2015, 'Improving oral hygiene for patients' Nursing Standard, vol 29, no. 19, pp. 44-50. DOI: 10.7748/ns.29.19.44.e9383

Glidewell, L, Thomas, R, MacLennan, G, Bonetti, D, Johnston, M, Eccles, M, Edlin, R, Pitts, NB, Clarkson, J, Steen, N & Grimshaw, J 2012, 'Do incentives, reminders or reduced burden improve healthcare professional response rates in postal questionnaires?: Two randomized controlled trials' BMC Health Services Research, vol 12, 250. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-12-250

Glenny, A-M, Worthington, HV, Clarkson, JE & Esposito, M 2009, 'The appraisal of clinical guidelines in dentistry' European Journal of Oral Implantology, vol 2, no. 2, pp. 135-143.

Griffin, SO, Oong, E, Kohn, W, Vidakovic, B, Gooch, BF, Bader, J, Clarkson, J, Fontana, MR, Meyer, DM, Rozier, RG, Weintraub, JA, Zero, DT & CDC Dent Sealant Systmatic Review 2008, 'The effectiveness of sealants in managing caries lesions' Journal of Dental Research, vol 87, no. 2, pp. 169-174. DOI: 10.1177/154405910808700211


International Invitations to present research:

New York, USA - New York University
Atlanta, USA - Centre for Disease Control
Chicago, USA - Evidence Based Champions
Washington, USA - National Institute of Health

Washington, USA - National Institute of Health
Atlanta, USA - Centre for Disease Control
New York, USA - University of New Jersey
New York, USA - New York University

New York, USA - New York University
Madrid, Spain - Cochrane Colloquium
Sheffield, UK - NHS Industry Liaison Event
Chicago, USA - Evidence Based Champions
Maryland, USA - Academy of Prosthodontics Spring Meeting
Oregon, USA - Precedent
Dublin, Eire - ISDC, Dublin

Toronto, Canada - Canadian Dental Hygienist Association
Valencia, Spain - Spanish Public Health Congress
Edinburgh, UK - International Paediatric Oncology
Chicago, USA - American Dental Association
Philadelphia, USA - American Dental Association
Philadelphia, USA - Temple University Medical Faculty

Chicago, USA - Evidence Based Champions ADA

London, UK - PEF IADR Symposium - Caries Management
Stockholm, Sweden - FDI Symposium - Practice Based Research Networks
Toronto, USA - IADR Symposium - Evaluating Knowledge Transfer
Chicago, USA - 3rd International Evidence Based Dentistry Meeting