Dr. Susan McKernan completed her MS in dental public health from Iowa in 2009 and her PhD in oral science from Iowa in 2012. She is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry.
Dr. McKernan teaches third-year predoctoral didactic classes and is the course co-director for "Practice of Dentistry in the Community -- I." She also teaches in the first-year preventive dentistry clinic. For postdoctoral students, Dr. McKernan provides instruction in the use of conceptual models, dental workforce, and access to care.
Dr. McKernan is a faculty member at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center. Her current research projects focus on Iowa's oral health safety-net capacity, access to dental care for vulnerable populations, including children and rural residents, and incorporating geospatial analysis into oral health research. Other research interests include dental student career choices and locational relationships between general dentists, dental specialist, and other primary care providers.
1: Darling BG, Kanellis MJ, McKernan SC, Damiano PC. Potential utilization of expanded function dental auxiliaries to place restoratives. J Public Health Dent. 2015 Mar 10. doi: 10.1111/jphd.12089. PubMed PMID: 25753611.
2: McKernan SC, Reynolds JC, Momany ET, Kuthy RA, Kateeb ET, Adrianse NB, Damiano PC. The relationship between altruistic attitudes and dentists' Medicaid participation. J Am Dent Assoc. 2015 Jan;146(1):34-41.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.adaj.2014.11.014. Epub 2014 Dec 18. PubMed PMID: 25569496.
3: Nashleanas BM, McKernan SC, Kuthy RA, Qian F. Career influences among final year dental students who plan to enter private practice. BMC Oral Health. 2014 Mar 8;14:18. doi: 10.1186/1472-6831-14-18. PubMed PMID: 24606674; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3995925.
4: McKernan SC, Kuthy RA, Kavand G. General dentist characteristics associated with rural practice location. J Rural Health. 2013 Aug;29 Suppl 1:s89-95. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12004. Epub 2013 Feb 22. PubMed PMID: 23944285.
5: McKernan SC, Kuthy RA, Momany ET, McQuistan MR, Hanley PF, Jones MP, Damiano PC. Geographic accessibility and utilization of orthodontic services among Medicaid children and adolescents. J Public Health Dent. 2013 Winter;73(1):56-64. doi: 10.1111/jphd.12006. Epub 2013 Jan 4. PubMed PMID: 23289856; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4114349.
6: McKernan SC, Kuthy RA, Joshi A. Primary care providers and practice locations: examining the relationships. J Am Dent Assoc. 2012 May;143(5):e8-15. PubMed PMID: 22547726; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4114397.
7: Kuthy RA, McKernan SC, Hand JS, Johnsen DC. Dentist workforce trends in a primarily rural state: Iowa: 1997-2007. J Am Dent Assoc. 2009 Dec;140(12):1527-34. PubMed PMID: 19955072.
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Dr. McKernan is a member of AcademyHealth, the American Dental Education Association, the American Association for Dental Research, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and the American Dental Association. Dr. McKernan is also a member of the University of Iowa Interdisciplinary Activities Subcommittee of the Council of T-32 Directors. She is also an evidence reviewer for the American Dental Association. Dr. McKernan was the recipient of the 2010 University of Iowa L.B. Sims Outstanding Master's Thesis Award for her thesis, "Modeling a state dentist workforce using county level data."