Mary McNally

Professor, Department of Dental Clinical Sciences

Mary McNally, DDS

Contact information:

Telephone: 902-494-1294
Mailing address:
Dentistry Building, 5981 University Avenue
PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2


  • Department of Dental Clinical Sciences
  • Professor, Faculties of Dentistry & Medicine, Dalhousie University
  • Cross-appointed to the Department of Bioethics

Research topics:

  • Access to oral care and ethical implications of mouth care for vulnerable populations (frail older adults, Aboriginal Canadians, immigrants and refugees)
  • Oral health promotion
  • Research ethics

Related information:

AHPRC (Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre)  


  • BSc (Mount Saint Vincent University)
  • MSc (Dalhousie University)
  • MA (Dalhousie University)
  • DDS (Dalhousie University)

Research interests

Professor McNally’s clinical and academic interests include caring for elders, oral health promotion, and health care ethics focusing on social justice and access to care for vulnerable populations.

Selected publications

  • Daniels B, McNally ME, Matthews DC, Sketris I, Hayden JA. Management of Xerostomia in Older Adults: A Systematic Review. J. Pharm Technol 2013;29:13-22.
  • McNally ME, Matthews DC, Clovis JB, Brillant M, Filiaggi MJ. The oral health of ageing baby boomers: a comparison of adults aged 45-64 and those 65 years and older. Gerodontology 2012; doi: 10.1111/ger.12022.
  • Matthews DC, Brillant, MGS, Clovis JB, McNally ME, Filiaggi MJ, Kotzer RD and Lawrence HP. Assessing the oral health of an ageing population: methods, challenges and predictors of survey participation. Gerodontology 2012; 29(2):e656-e666
  • McNally ME, Martin-Misener R, Wyatt CCL, McNeil KP, Crowell SJ, Matthews DC, Clovis JB. Action Planning for Daily Mouth Care in Long-Term Care: The Brushing up on Mouth Care Project. Journal of Nursing Research and Practice. vol. 2012, Article ID 368356, 11 pages.
  • Matthews DC, Clovis JB, Brillant MG, Filiaggi MJ, McNally ME, Kotzer RD, Lawrence HP. Oral health status of long-term care residents – A vulnerable population. Journal of the Canadian Dental Association. 2012;78:c3

Selected awards and honours

  • Pierre Fauchard Academy Distinguished Service Award, 2011
  • Fellowship into the Pierre Fauchard Academy, 2011
  • Canadian Dental Association Award of Merit in appreciation of significant service to Canadian dentistry, 2009
  • Nova Scotia Dental Association Community Service Award in recognition of outstanding commitment and service to community, 2008


  • American Dental Education Association (2008-Present)
  • International Association of Dental Research (2004-Present)
  • Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry (2003-Present)
  • American College of Dentists (2002-Present)
  • Special Care Dentistry (2002-Present)


  • Clinical instructor for geriatric dentistry
  • Coordinator dental ethics
  • Graduate student supervision

Service & Activity

  • Member, Canadian Dental Association, Committee on Clinical and Scientific Affairs (2012 - present)
  • Member, Capital District Health Authority, Board of Governors Quality and Safety Committee (2008 – present)
  • Executive Committee Member, Geriatric Oral Health Group (GORG) of the International Association of Dental Research (2008-present)
  • Advisory Board Member, Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network (representing Capital District Health Authority) (2008 – present)
  • Chair, Ethics Committee, Capital District Health Authority (Capital Health Ethics Support - CHES), 2003- 2008