Dr Aengus Kelly

Dr Aengus Kelly

Year 3 Lead / Clinical Lecturer in Dental Education

Peninsula Dental School (Faculty of Health)

Dr Aengus Kelly can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Dentistry
  • Discourse analysis
  • Observational methods
  • Qualitative research


Clinical Lecturer in Dental Education, Peninsula Dental School

Co-Module Lead for Professionalism modules in BDS and BSc Dental Therapy and Hygiene

Module Lead for Inter-Professional Engagement Module (IPE3) for BDS

Inter-Professional Learning Lead for Dentistry at PIHC


BA BDS (TCD,1994) PhD (2015); MA AdvDipEd PGCert LTHE 

My clinical background is in primary and community dental care in the UK and Ireland. In primary care I developed a special interest in advanced communication techniques to treat patients with dental phobia. My doctoral research focused on clinical communication, exploring how teams of dental professionals foster patient engagement. 

Prior to joining the team at Peninsula, I held academic roles at UCLan dental school in Preston.

Professional membership

Fellow of Advance HE (FHEA) 

Faculty of Dental Trainers Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (MDTFEd)

Faculty of Dental Surgery Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow  (MFDS RCPSG)

EACH (European Association for Communication in Healthcare)

Roles on external bodies

Deputy National Representative (UK) European Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH.international) 

Member UK Council for the Dental Teachers of Professionalism

Faculty for Dental Protection Risk Management and Masterclass workshops



Teaching interests

Inter-Professional Learning and Engagement

Professionalism, including Clinical Communication and EDI

Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner for 2nd BDS at KCL



Research interests

Clinical: Clinical Communication, Triadic Communication, Shared Decision Making, Patient-Centred Care

Public Health: Public understanding of Oral Health, Health Behaviour Change

Education: Inter Professional Learning, EDI, Professionalism, Preparedness for Practice

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

PhD: Neil Cook (2020, University of Central Lancashire) "From Public Health to Print: An Interdisciplinary Study of the Presentation of Cancer Awareness Messages in UK Newspapers" (Director of Studies)

PhD: Olufemi Olajide (2019, University of Central Lancashire) "Developing caries inequalities risk prediction tools for children under the age of six" (Director of Studies)

MSc: Sandhya Rajagopal (2019, University of Central Lancashire) “The mechanisms of dental treatment planning and shared decision-making in a complex endodontic scenario: a qualitative study”

Grants & contracts

2021/22: FoAHB /PIHR Arts-Health Collaboration Fund 2021:

Enhancing Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity in Acting and Dental students: An Interprofessional Approach.

2021: Health Education England

Ensuring an Educational Continuum in Dental Education



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Rajagopal S & Kelly A (2020) 'Shared Decision Making in Endodontics' Primary Dental Journal 9, (4) 31-36 , DOI Open access
Thomas RM, Kelly A, Tagiyeva N & Kanagasingam S (2020) 'Comparing endocrown restorations on permanent molars and premolars: a systematic review and meta-analysis' British Dental Journal , DOI Open access
Presentations and posters

Aengus Kelly, Shalini Kanagasingam, Neil Cook, Nargis Sonde (2019) Word of Mouth- a graphic approach to empowering dental patients with online animations, Graphic Medicine Conference, July 11-13, 2019, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK Graphic Medicine

Aengus Kelly, Sally Hanks, Cathy Coelho (2021) Connecting the Strands: Feedback Enhances Undergraduate Dental Education across Healthcare Boundaries; HEE South West Good practice Event 2021

Morgan Muir, Eleanor Newman, Kenneth Lawty, Jonathan Gould, Amarpreet Chohan, Kani Mahmood, Hazem Jouda & Aengus Kelly, (2021), The Missing Puzzle Pieces of Childhood Oral Health: Multidisciplinary Learning at Peninsula Dental School, HEE South West Good practice Event 2021 

Emma Crawford, Jacob Roberts, Joseph Hunter, Adam Barnard, Sadia Kauser, Amman Sall, Emma Turay & Aengus Kelly, (2021), Food for Thought- a shared learning project with UG Dentistry & Dietetics students, HEE South West Good practice Event 2021 awarded ‘Best Student/Trainee Poster’

Other Publications

Doctoral thesis:

Aengus Kelly, 'The ceremonial (dis)order of the clinic: mapping engagement in dental interactions', [thesis], Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). School of Dental Science, 2015, pp 527, pp 557 TCD Archive http://www.tara.tcd.ie/handle/2262/81824

Conference & Academic Presentations:

May 2019 -British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show, NEC, Birmingham: “Lifelong Learning? Navigating Dental Education in turbulent times”;

April 2019- Lancashire & South Cumbria Special Care and Paediatric Dentistry Annual Conference, Royal Preston hospital: “The Rule of Three: clinical communication with anxious patients”;

April 2019- Lancashire & South Cumbria LDC Study Day, Royal Blackburn Hospital: “Burnout, Resilience and the Dental Team”

September 2018- Dental Protection Conference, Convention Centre Dublin, "Dealing with difficult interactions with patients" URL

May 2018- British Dental Conference & Dentistry Show, NEC, Birmingham: “Integrated care: the dental team approach to complex restorative cases”;

May 2017- British Dental Association (BDA) Conference and Exhibition 2017, Manchester: “Leadership for the Dental Team”;

October 2015- International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH), American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH), New Orleans, USA: “Triadic interaction in the dental encounter: dynamic alliances between the dentist, the dental nurse, and the reluctant patient.”

September 2015- Health Service Executive (HSE) Dublin South Dental Team ASM, Dublin: “Strategic Communication for the Dental Team.”

August 2015- Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) International Conference, Szeged, Hungary; “The Triadic Dental Visit and the ‘Teasing’ Nurse: Exploring the Dividend of an Interactional Approach to Communication in Dentistry”

June 2014- 'Professional identities: Discourse in (Allied) Healthcare', International Round Table, TCD, Dublin, " ‘You're a typical medic’- a tussle for professional identities in the dental clinic";

November 2013- Health Interdisciplinary Research Conference, TCD, Dublin, "Methodological Approaches to Interactional Data";

November 2013- IADR Ireland division ASM, UCC, Cork, "Exploring Triadic Communication";

June 2013- International Network of Narrative Medicine Conference, UCL, London, "A Narrative Analysis of Dental Interaction".