Dr Jennifer Kettle
BA (Hons), MA, PhD
School of Clinical Dentistry
+44 114 215 9324
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School of Clinical Dentistry
19 Claremont Crescent
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)
- ‘I would rather be having my leg cut off than a little needle’: A supplementary qualitative analysis of dentally anxious children’s experiences of needle fear. Dentistry Journal, 8(2). View this article in WRRO
- Dental professionals’ experiences of managing children with carious lesions in their primary teeth – a qualitative study within the FiCTION randomised controlled trial. BMC Oral Health, 20(1). View this article in WRRO
- Managing orthodontic appliances in everyday life: A qualitative study of young people’s experiences with removable functional appliances, fixed appliances and retainers. Journal of Orthodontics. View this article in WRRO
- 'I didn't want to pass that onto my child, being afraid to go to the dentist': Making sense of oral health through narratives of connectedness over the life course. Sociology of Health & Illness, 41(4), 658-672. View this article in WRRO
- ‘I've got lots of gaps, but I want to hang on to the ones that I have’: the ageing body, oral health and stories of the mouth. Ageing & Society. View this article in WRRO
- Oral care as a life course project: A qualitative grounded theory study. Gerodontology. View this article in WRRO
- Palfrey, C.The Future for Health Promotion. Bristol: Policy Press. 2018. 224 pp £24.99 (pbk) £24.99 (ebk) ISBN 978‐1447341239. Sociology of Health & Illness, 41(7), 1466-1467.
- 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
- Journal referee for Journal of Dental Research and Families, Relationships and Societies.