Associate Professor Tania Gerzina
Associate Professor (Dental Education)
C12 - Faculty of Dentistry
Tania Gerzina is an associate Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry, at the University of Sydney and a practicing general Dentist in private practice. A master’s degree in research in dental materials was completed with Professor George Wing from the University of Sydney. Major doctoral research was completed at the University of California San Francisco, USA with Professor W. Rory Hume in bioavailability of components of dental resin materials during a Visiting Professorship. She is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College for Dental Surgeons, holds a higher degree in education and is an Adjunct Associate Professor with Charles Sturt University in education.
During 2001-2004 she was Associate Dean (Curriculum) in the dental faculty during the development of the first ever graduate entry-dental curriculum in Australia. During 2004-5 she was appointed Visiting Professor, University of Toronto, Canada-Wilson Centre for Research in Education, Faculty of Medicine and Visiting Professor, University of Toronto, Canada Faculty of Dentistry. As an Examiner, an Accreditation Review Team Chair and a Member of Accreditation Review Teams for the Australian Dental Council curriculum is a central area of educational interest and research. Currently she has no designation in the Faculty of Dentistry in Sydney.
In excess of $1.2 million has been captured in research and scholarship funding, 11 post graduate and honours student have successfully completed research theses under her supervision and currently she is supervising postgraduate higher degree students. Research has been supported by funding from NH &MRC, the ADRF, University of Toronto, University of Sydney and the Western Interdisciplinary Clinical Training Network (Health Education and Training Institute) as part of Australian Federal Government Health Workforce Australia.[Hide detail]
Current focus is fundamental educational research in student learning with focus on dental and oral health clinical education and pain education. This translational science work has provided evidence directly supporting the design of the curriculum in dentistry and has supported development of educational research in other schools. The direct impact of cognitive ability on academic aptitude and achievement is well understood, but the influence of student experience and behavioural characteristics are not as well understood in dental and oral health education. In the health professions students increasingly accept the responsibility for health care as they develop competence. How development of this competence is shaped by student life experiences and their behavioural responses to these influence their learning strategies and their attitudes to others is uncharted in dentistry and oral health. In dentistry and oral health, this is amongst a core consideration for supporting the development of appropriately competent and empathic practitioners. This specific project is a study of the personality
and psychological predictors of attitude and academic success in dental students in a collaborative international study.