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Institute of Dentistry - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Kristina Wanyonyi Kay, BDS, MPH, Ph.D, DDPH.RCS Eng, FHEA


Clinical Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health

Room Number: Office 3, Floor 4, Institute of Dentistry


Dr Wanyonyi is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health in the Centre for Dental Public Health and Primary Care. She is the Group Programme chair for the Global Oral Health Inequalities Network of International Association of Dental Research (IADR). She serves as a member of the Health and Science Committee of the British Dental Association (BDA). She is a Visiting Professor at Strathmore University, Kenya and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth.

Dr Wanyonyi gained a Bachelor Degree in Dental Surgery (BDS) at The University of Nairobi, Kenya, Her Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Dundee, a DDPH from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a Ph.D in Health Service Research and Population Health from King’s College London Dental Institute in 2015. She held a Teaching and Post-Doctoral Research Associate post at King’s College London, before moving to her immediate previous roles as Research Lead and Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health at the University of Portsmouth Dental Academy, as well as the NIHR CRN Lead for Oral and Dental Specialty in Wessex.

Centre: Dental Public Health and Primary Care


Lecturer and Module Lead on the MSc in Dental Public Health, Policy and Practice.

Lectures on Undergraduate BDS Dental Public Health Module.

Academic supervisor for ACF DCT in Dental Public Health

External examiner:

  • University of Dundee MSc in Dental Public Health
  • Birmingham University Undergraduate BDS Professionalism and Dental Public Health Modules

Topics for PhDs

  • Improving dental care for older people: efficient and evidence-based models
  • Improving oral and general health


Research Interests:

Her main research interests are:

  1. Development and evaluation of interventions that addressing global oral health inequalities.
  2. Development of new health messaging and service pathways that integrate oral and general health care pathways.
  3. Modelling of efficient organisation and workforce models to improve dental service access.

Her main Research approaches:

  1. Mixed methods research: qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  2. Use of routine electronic records in research.
  3. Operational research modelling.
  4. Patient and Public Involvement in research.

Dr Wanyonyi has a focus on dental health service and population health research. Her research includes development of interventions and trials to improve oral health in target groups, and the use of electronic management systems in research delivery and epidemiology. In addition, she works closely with operational modellers in testing efficiency in health services and the workforce.

Recent and ongoing research projects o OHPTOP trial - A study testing extended dental services to provide oral health promotion text messages for older patients (NHS Funded) o Use of virtual reality to train dental professionals (Solent trust funded) o CHARIOT study - Patient engagement on Integrating Cirrhosis and Oral health Carepathways (NIHR RDS enabling funds).


  1. Amelia West, Tara Stones, Kristina Wanyonyi: (2020) Deprivation, demography and miss dental appointments: an analysis of electronic dental records (24th Jan 2020 )(British Dental Journal) British Dental Journal
  2. Wanyonyi, K, Radford D & Gallagher, J. E (2019) Electronic primary dental care records in research: a case study of validation and quality assurance strategies. International Journal of Medical Informatics. 127, p. 88-94 7 p.
  3. B. Daly, A. Thompsell, J. Sharpling, Y. M. Rooney, L. Hillman, Kristina Wanyonyi, S. White, J. E. Gallagher. (2018) Evidence summary: the relationship between oral health and dementia. British Dental Journal. 222, 7, p. 527-533 223(11):846-853. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2017.992.
  4. Wanyonyi KL, Radford R David, Harper P, Gallagher JE (2015) Alternative scenarios: harnessing mid-level providers and evidence-based practice in primary dental care in England through operational research. Human Resource in Health 13(1):78.
  5. Wanyonyi, K.L, Themessl-Huber, M., Humphris, G, and Freeman, R. (2011) A systematic review and meta-analysis of face-to-face communication of tailored health messages: Implications for practice. Patient Education and Counselling 85: 348-355 DOI:10.1016/j.pec.2011.02.006.  


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