Karen Sue Williams

Karen Sue Williams

Assistant Professor, First Year Clinic Supervisor, Dental Hygiene, Fones School of Dental Hygiene
Office Location: Health Science Center - Office 421
Telephone: (203) 576-4066
Fax: (203) 576-4220
Email: karenw@bridgeport.edu

Biography

M.S., Human Nutrition, University of Bridgeport, 2003
B.S., Dental Hygiene, University of Bridgeport, 1999
A.S., Dental Hygiene, University of Bridgeport, 1991

Assistant Professor Karen Sue Williams has been a faculty member at the Fones School of Dental Hygiene since 1998 and serves as the First Year Clinic Supervisor. In addition to teaching Clinical Practice I, Clinical Practice II and Nutritional Biochemistry to first and second year dental hygiene students, she also teaches Intro to Dental Hygiene to students on the Pre-DH track in anticipation of entering the program in the fall. Her past teaching experience includes Instructional Strategies for Health Professionals, Dental Radiology, and as a second year clinical instructor. In addition to teaching, Professor Williams has many years of dental hygiene private practice experience in a variety of settings.

Professor Williams has been involved in many University activities including the Health Sciences Integrative Clinic, Faculty Professional Development Day, University Faculty Research Day, and membership on the University Personnel Committee and Faculty Employment and Concerns Committee. Professional affiliations include membership of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, Connecticut Dental Hygienists’ Association where she currently serves as a Director and Treasurer for ConnHYPAC, and the Bridgeport Dental Hygienists’ Association where she serves as membership chair. Professor Williams has presented at many professional conferences including the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Annual Session in Boston, where she presented a professional research poster on the use of Video-assisted Psychomotor Skill Development in regards to instrumentation, and most recently at the Fones School’s annual Educators Workshop. Ms. Williams has published articles in Access, an American Dental Hygienists’ Association publication, on Autism and its Dental Implications and Thyroid Cancer. Prof. Williams coordinates the Sigma Phi Alpha National Dental Hygiene Board Review Course for both current students in preparation for their exam and registered dental hygienists as continuing education needed for licensure.

Courses Taught

DHYG 204 Nutritional Biochemistry Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
DHYG 129 Clinical Practice I Fall 2014
DHYG 130 Clinical Practice II Spring 2015
DHYG 100 Intro to Dental Hygiene Spring 2015

Areas of Interest

Video Assisted Psychomotor Skill Development in Dental Hygiene Education, Idiopathic Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction: Correlation to a Shortened Psoas Muscle




Publications

2013 “Video Assisted Psychomotor Skill Development in Dental Hygiene Education” submission to Journal of Dental Hygiene pending- abstract published December 2013

2011 Dental Professional Consultant for Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions; 2nd edition;published 2011

2010 Co-authored Journal Article Thyroid Cancer: The Role of the Dental Hygienist in Recognizing, Informing and Referring. Access, November 2010.

2009 Editor of the Bridgeport Dental Hygienists' Association Newsletter

2009 Authored Journal Article Autism and Dental Hygiene Implications. Access, February 2009.

2008 Research paper proposal submitted to IRB- Is there a correlation between a shortened Psoas and TMJ disorder?

2007 Professional review of textbook Lippincott Williams & Wilkins’ Dental Drug Reference with Clinical Implications

2005 Omni Pharmaceuticals- collaborative work in enhancing and developing 3 power point presentations (periodontal disease, caries process, dentinal hypersensitivity) for licensed dental hygienist continuing education courses.