Joan M. Pellegrini
Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Joan Pellegrini graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with Associate and Baccalaureate degrees in Dental Hygiene. She received a Master of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene Education and Administration from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. Joan earned a Doctor of Philosophy from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education, with a concentration in Adult Learning. As a full time member of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry faculty, Dr. Pellegrini directs dental hygiene theory courses, and evidence-based decision-making courses for dental students. She lectures in other dental and dental hygiene courses, and participates in clinical teaching with dental hygiene and dental students as well. She represents the School of Dentistry on the VCU University Council, the Division of Inclusive Excellence and on ad hoc committees for the University Provost. She is a member of the Health Sciences campus Faculty Learning Community and has presented innovative learning topics with the VCU Center for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Pellegrini is a clinical researcher, being involved in multidisciplinary healthcare research projects at the University. Her areas of professional interest include: motivation and communication for healthcare professionals, adult learning strategies and practice, preventive oral health strategies, and multicultural diversity in healthcare. She has mentored dental hygiene, undergraduate/postgraduate dental and nursing graduate students on thesis and dissertation research and well as mentoring junior dental and dental hygiene faculty. Additionally, Joan is a practicing clinician, seeing patients in the VCU Dental Faculty Practice one half day per week. Joan is a member of the Sigma Phi Alpha National Dental Hygiene Honor Society, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, and the American Dental Education Association. Dr. Pellegrini is a certified trainer in Basic Life Support (CPR) through the American Heart Association. She is a published author and has presented continuing professional education in local, national and international settings.
Motivation and communication for healthcare professionals, adult learning strategies and practice, preventive oral health strategies, and multicultural diversity in healthcare