Stephen Turner

Senior Researcher

Dentistry, School of Dentistry

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Steve Turner holds a BSc from the University Of London and an MScĀ from the University of Manchester. He has held senior research posts at the Universities of Newcastle, Northumbria, Kent, Manchester and Stirling, covering the fields of learning disability, dementia, the voluntary sector, the benefit system and the administrative justice system. He is married and lives in Edinburgh.


Since 2002 he has worked to develop and undertake research in dental primary care through a joint appointment across the Universities of Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh. This research activity has included two large scale RCTs in translational research and in preventive treatment for children, UK-wide surveys of sections of the dental workforce, and an evaluation of an oral health improvement programme in a Scottish prison. He contributes to the programme of work of the Scottish Practice Based Research Network under the direction of Professor Jan Clarkson, and to the evaluation of the Childsmile Oral Health Improvement Programme.

At Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute he has collaborated with Dr Ario Santini on a number of experimental and observational studies in material science, and supported postgraduate students in their projects, both population based and with a material science focus. In 2012 he led a team from Dundee University which was commissioned by the GDC to undertake a literature review on the risks and benefits of the possible introduction of direct patient access to DCPs in the UK.

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He teaches statistics and research methodology on the newly established Oral Health Sciences honours degree course in Edinburgh. He also provides ad-hoc sessions on research methodology and dementia and oral health in EPDI and Glasgow Dental School.