Dr Jennifer Kettle

BA (Hons), MA, PhD

School of Clinical Dentistry

Research Associate

+44 114 215 9324

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Dr Jennifer Kettle
School of Clinical Dentistry
19 Claremont Crescent
S10 2TA

I joined the School of Clinical Dentistry in 2016 as a Research Associate. Since then I have been involved in a range of projects aimed at understanding people’s subjective experiences of various aspects of their oral health and dental care.

Previous to this I completed a PhD in Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield (2016), exploring two generations of mothers’ experiences of household work over the life course.

Research interests

My main research interests are social identities over the life course; family and intergenerational relationships; the sociology of health and illness; and everyday social practices. My work uses sociological concepts such as identity, embodiment and connectedness to analyse narratives of lived experience.

I am interested in using a practice theory approach to develop an understanding of the everyday family practices that impact on oral health.

Since joining the School of Clinical Dentistry, I have worked on the following projects as a qualitative researcher:

  • Significance of the Mouth in Older Age, funded by GlaxoSmithKline (completed)
  • Patient Perceptions of Online Information about Orthognathic Surgery, funded by British Orthodontic Society (completed)
  • FiCTION Trial (Filling Children’s Teeth: Indicated Or Not), funded by NIHR (ongoing)
  • MAGIC Trial (Melatonin for Anxiety prior to General anaesthesia In Children), funded by NIHR (ongoing)

I am a co-investigator on the following projects

  • Impact of Orthodontic Appliances Questionnaire, funded by British Orthodontic Society (ongoing)
  • Patient Experiences of Adapting to Life Following Orthognathic Surgery for Facial Asymmetry, funded by British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ongoing)

Journal articles



Teaching activities

I have delivered guest lectures on qualitative research and the social contexts of ageing and previously taught on various modules in Sociological Studies and at the University of Sheffield International College. I am also part of University of Sheffield thesis mentoring programme and was recognised as a dedicated outstanding thesis mentor.

Professional activities and memberships
  • Journal referee for Journal of Dental Research and Families, Relationships and Societies.