Dr Linda Young

Honorary Associate

Dentistry, School of Dentistry

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Linda Young graduated with a MA (Hons) and a PhD in Economic Studies from the University of Dundee.  Linda has worked in the area of primary care dental health services research since 1999.  She is currently the Research Manager for the Translation Research in a Dental Setting (TRiaDS) Programme and the Scottish Dental Practice Based Research Network working in partnership with the School of Dentistry.


Linda’s research focuses on the generation and translation of evidence into practice to improve health.  She leads and supports research that includes the development and evaluation of individual behaviour and organisational change interventions to improve practice in the primary care setting.  This has involved a range of primary and secondary research methods including randomized controlled trials and linkage and analysis of large datasets.

Linda’s research is embedded in and provides evidence for education and service policy makers.  This includes the provision of evidence to inform: the ongoing development of the undergraduate dental curriculums in Scotland’s Dental Schools; the development of new inspection processes in primary dental care; the development of in-practice training service initiatives; the implementation of clinical guidance; the development of national strategies to influence antibiotic prescribing; and the development and evaluation of patient-centered care measures. Through her role within SDPBRN Linda supports primary and secondary care dental professionals develop and conduct a variety of research activities in the dental setting.