Staff Profile


Career Summary


  • PhD, University of Sydney, 31/12/2005
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Newcastle, 31/12/2011
  • Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies, University of Sydney, 26/07/2000
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery, University of Birmingham - UK, 12/12/1985


Research keywords

  • rural oral health
  • rural placements
  • self-assessment

Research expertise

PhD studies into long-term and short-term impact of a rural placement program on future career chioce for dental graduates. Previously researched issues relating to rural and remote oral health/dental workforce. NH&MRC funding to study self-preceived oral health needs in rural and remote communities in NSW.

Fields of Research

111700Public Health And Health Services100


Teaching keywords

  • dental education
  • reflective practice
  • rural placements
  • self-assessment

Teaching expertise

Awarded Fellowship in Teaching and Learning at Univeristy of Sydney. Involved 6 month secondment during which I researched and developed self-assessment strategies to promote learning in Oral Surgery.



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Journal article (6 outputs)

2010Wallace JP, Taylor JA, Wallace LG, Cockrell DJ, 'Student focused oral health promotion in residential aged care facilities', International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 48 111-114 (2010) [C1]
2010Wallace LG, Cockrell DJ, Taylor JA, 'The University of Newcastle's first cohort of Bachelor of Oral Health students: A social profile', Australian Dental Journal, 55 436-440 (2010) [C1]
2010Hayes MJ, Smith DR, Cockrell DJ, 'An international review of musculoskeletal disorders in the dental hygiene profession', International Dental Journal, 60 343-352 (2010) [C1]
2009Hayes MJ, Smith DR, Cockrell DJ, 'Prevalence and correlates of musculoskeletal disorders among Australian dental hygiene students', International Journal of Dental Hygiene, 7 176-181 (2009) [C1]
2009Hayes MJ, Cockrell DJ, Smith DR, 'A systematic review of musculoskeletal disorders among dental professionals', International Journal of Dental Hygiene, 7 159-165 (2009) [C1]
2007Sibbritt DW, Byles JE, Cockrell DJ, 'Prevalence and characteristics of older Australian women who consult dentists', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 15 387-388 (2007) [C1]
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants2
Total funding$76,585

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2003 (1 grants)

Self-perceived oral health needs in small rural communities in NSW$40,000
Funding Body: National Health & Medical Research Council

Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2000 (1 grants)

A study of the rural dental workforce in NSW$36,585
Funding Body: Commonwealth Department of Health & Aged Care

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Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PhD (Oral Health)Principal SupervisorA Long Term Evaluation of Permanent Bonded Retention after Treatment with Fixed Orthodontic Appliances
2009PhD (Oral Health)Principal SupervisorDevelopment of the Disaster Victim Identification Forensic Odontology Guide for the Australian Society of Forensic Odontology

Conjoint Associate Professor Deborah Cockrell

Work Phone(02) 4349 4514
Fax(02) 4349 4567
PositionConjoint Associate Professor
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaOral Health
Health Precinct,
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258