Prof Jennifer Gallagher
Professor Jennifer Gallagher (Jenny) holds the Newland-Pedley Chair in Oral Health Strategy at King’s College London [KCL] Dental Institute. Within the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, Professor Gallagher is Dean for International Affairs. She is an honorary consultant in Dental Public Health to the NHS Trusts within King’s Health Partners and externally to Public Health England. In 2015 she received an MBE for services to oral health.
Professor Gallagher gained her BDS from Queen’s University Belfast. She worked in all branches of dentistry before specialising in Dental Public Health at King’s College London. On gaining her PhD in 2002 she has progressed through the academic ranks of Senior Lecturer and Reader to hold a personal chair; and, from 2015 onwards, the prestigious Newland-Pedley endowed chair at King’s in memory of the founder of Guy’s Dental Hospital.
Professor Gallagher provides educational leadership on Dental Public Health and Professionalism, contributing to teaching and assessment at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the largest school nationally. Personal research interests include a particular focus on shaping the healthcare workforce to meet the needs of the population, with a strong emphasis on prevention and the care of vulnerable groups. Professor Gallagher has held a number of senior professional roles including: President of British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry (2012-13); Co-President of European Association for Dental Public Health (2013); and President of the Odontology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine (2013-14). She is currently Chair of the Consultants Group of BASCD (2017-onwards). Additionally, Jenny has been a member of Department of Health and Royal College working groups contributing to policy on dentistry in general, and dental workforce in particular, including care for older people. Her recent report as former Chair of the Dental Workforce Advisory Group on Serving the Population across the life course for Health Education England highlights the particular needs of sub-groups within the population, across their life-course, and considers how they may be served in future.
International roles include: leading on international affairs for King’s College London;; secretary to the Global Oral Health Inequalities Research Network of the International Association for Dental Research; mapping the global dental workforce with the World Health Organization and contributing strategically on workforce development in low and middle-income countries including Sub-Saharan Africa.