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Rhiannon Jayne Jones

Miss Rhiannon Jayne Jones

Research Assistant

School of Dentistry


I have over 20 years’ experience of working in dental health related research, ranging from undertaking systematic reviews to primary research. My research interest areas are broad but all have the main focus on improving dentistry and/or oral health.

















I have extensive research experience and have worked on a broad range of research projects ranging from systematic reviews to a 5-year cohort study on treating the primary dentition. I have experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

I have experience in working in educational research and have a keen interest in the transition from UG training to practice. I have been successful as a co-applicant on two pieces of work commissioned by the UK Committee of Postgraduate Dental Deans and Directors (COPDEND) to undertake an evaluation of both the 'pre-pilot' and 'pilot' of introducing a review of competency progression and 'satisfactory completion' process in Dental Foundation training in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. I have also been a co-applicant on two commissioned pieces of work by the General Dental Council; Preparedness for practice: A rapid evidence assessment and Professionalism: A Mixed-Methods Research Study.

I am currently involved in the recruitment and site initiation visits in Wales for a randomised clinical trial (RCT) funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The CALM trial is a RCT of a guided self-help cognitive behavioural therapy intervention to reduce dental anxiety in children and is led by Professor Zoe Marshman in Sheffield University.

I am also working with a team from Cardiff University, led by Professor Alison Bullock (CUREMeDE), School of Social Sciences, undertaking a project commissioned by the GDC ‘Evaluating the GDC’s Enhanced Continuing Professional Development Scheme’.


I am the Lead Personal Tutor for BDS students and work closely with the Director of Staff and Student Matters, Personal Tutors and wider Student Support Team to support the wellbeing of students in the School of Dentistry.

I am a tutor on the ‘professionalism, law, ethics and communication skills’ programme in the School of Dentistry and Yr1 Lead for the Viva assessment. I have been actively involved in the development of teaching and assessment methods for ‘communication and professionalism’, providing workshops and small group teaching for BDS years 1 and 2.


My interest in research developed whilst studying for an MSc in Health Promotion and writing a thesis on binge drinking and associated risk taking behaviour of undergraduates.  After obtaining an MSc in 1997, I started as a Research Assistant at Cardiff University, School of Dentistry undertaking a York systematic review of routine dental restorations. Following this in 1998 I joined the department of Dental Public Health and worked on a 5-year cohort study investigating the effectiveness of treating the primary dentition and as well a number of other research projects.  In 2011 I commenced a research post in Dental Education Scholarship and innovation (DESi) to work primarily on a national study investigating Dental Foundation Trainers’ expectations of a dental graduate. However, my research interests are broad, and I actively support research with the aim to improve dentistry and oral health.

Education and qualifications

1997: MSc Health Promotion, Brunel University

1994: BSc English and Sociology (Joint Hons), University of Surrey