Dr Sucharita Nanjappa

Senior Lecturer

Dentistry, School of Dentistry

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Sucharita Nanjappa graduated in dentistry (BDS) from the University of Mangalore, India. She completed an MSc in Dental Public Health from the University of London and was invited to stay on to do a PhD, which was awarded by the University of London in 2012.

During her postdoctoral appointment as a Research Fellow with the Dental Health Services Research Unit, University of Dundee, she worked with service designers to develop a communication toolkit (Chatterbox) to facilitate communication between socially excluded families and community dental health support workers.

Sucharita was appointed Lecturer in Dental Public Health in November 2014.


Recent projects

CHATTERBOX service evaluation: Evaluation of the CHATTERBOX intervention, an evidence-based communication tool based around improving communication and building relationships through interactive storyboarding.

Childsmile @ HIC Online Survey: A web based survey to evaluate the extent to which the current Childsmile @ HIC database meets the needs of programme users.

DAPER III: A field trial to identify parents’ dental-related concerns and assess if a tailored intervention (CHATTERBOX) by Dental Health Support Workers (DHSWs) would enable parents to access dental care for their child.

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  • Development and delivery of the Masters in Dental Public Health (MDPH) Programme.
  • Supervise MDPH students
  • Supervise PhD students


  • Theme lead for Patient Management Group
  • Co-lead for development and delivery of Dental Public Health and Communication Skills