McNally, Mary

Phone: (902) 494-1294


Associate Professor, Department of Dental Clinical Sciences

Division Head, Department of Dental Clinical Sciences

Associate Dean, Division of Research Affairs, Dean's Office

Academic Credentials:
BSc (MSVU); MSc (Dalhousie); DDS (Dalhousie); MA (Dalhousie)
Professional Appointments:
Cross Appointed to Department of BioEthics, Faculty of Medicine
Personal Website:

McNally M, Lahey W. Frailty's Place in Ethics and Law: Some Thoughts on Equality, Autonomy and Limits on Possibilities for Aging Citizens. In O Theou and K Rookwood (eds) Frailty and Aging: Biological, Clinical and Social Implications. Karger; 2015.

McNally M, Matthews D, Clovis J, Filiaggi M, Crowell S, Brillant M. Success story in oral health – The Inconvenient tooth: making room for influential voices to inform research. In: Celebrating the impact of health research: success stories in arthritis, bone, muscle, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, oral health and skin. CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, Canadian Arthritis Network Cat. No. MR4-25/2013.

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, Dharamsi S, Bryant R, MacEntee M. Ethical Considerations for the Oral Healthcare of Frail Elders. In M MacEntee, F Muller & C Wyatt (eds) Oral Health Care and the Frail Elder: A Clinical Perspective. Wiley- Blackwell Publishing; 2011.

McNally ME. Oral Health. In: Rockwood K, editor. Encyclopedia on Aging. New York: Springer Publishing; 2006.

McNally ME. Defining oral health. In: Welie JVM, editor. Justice in Oral Health Care: Ethical and Educational Perspectives. Minnesota: Marquette University Press; 2006.

Reid L, Lahey M, Livingstone M, McNally ME, Ethical and legal implications of frailty screening. Journal of Frailty and Aging. 2018; in press.

Martin D, McNally ME, Castleden H, Worden-Driscoll I, Clarke M, Wall D, Ley M. Linking Inuit knowledge and public health for improved child and youth oral health in NunatuKavut. JDR Clinical & Translational Research. Available at:

McIsaac JL, Warner G, Lawrence L, Urquhart R, Price S, Gahagan J, McNally M, Jackson L. The application of implementation science theories for population health: A critical interpretive synthesis. AIMS Public Health. 2018 In Press.

Sylvestre P, Castleden H, Martin D, McNally M. “Thank you very much… you can leave our community now”: Geographies of responsibility, relational ethics, acts of refusal and the conflicting requirements of academic localities in Indigenous research. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies. [S.l.], aug. 2017. ISSN 1492-9732. Available at: <

McNally ME. Ethics of Frailty: Some thoughts on equality and autonomy. Gerodontology. 2017;34:409-410.

McNally ME, Martin D. First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health: Considerations for Canadian Health Leaders in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Report. Health Management Forum. 2017, 30(2): 117-122 Available at:

Moorhouse P, Mallery L, McNally M, Ellen R, Moffatt H. Frailty: It’s time to give family caregivers a real seat at the table. J Fam Med. 2016;3(5): 1067.

Castleden H, Martin D, Sylvestre P, McNally ME. “I don’t think that any peer review committee... would ever ‘get’ what I currently do”: How institutional metrics for success and merit risk perpetuate the (re) production of colonial relationships in community-based participatory research involving Indigenous peoples in Canada. The International Indigenous Policy Journal 2015; 6(4).

Schroth RJ, McNally M, Harrison R. Pathway to oral health equity for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Canadians: knowledge exchange workshop. J Can Dent Assoc. 2015;80:f1. PubMed PMID: 25633109.

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Martin-Misener R, McNeil K, Brillant M, Moorhouse P, Crowell S, Matthews D, Clovis J. Implementing oral care practices and policy into long-term care: the Brushing up on Mouth Care project. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2015 Mar;16(3):200-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2014.08.018. Epub 2014 Oct 11. PubMed PMID:25306289.

McNally ME. Dental Disease: Creation of primary care clinical guidelines for newly arriving immigrants and refugees to Canada. (invited article) Mosaic (publication of the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry). 2014;6.

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, Martin-Misener R, Wyatt C, McNeil K, Crowell S, Matthews D, Clovis J. Action Planning for Daily Mouth Care in Long-Term Care: The Brushing up on Mouth Care Project. Journal of Nursing Research Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 368356,

Daniels B, McNally ME, Matthews DC, Sketris I, Haydn J. Management of drug induced xerostomia in older adults: a systematic review. Journal of Pharmacy Technology 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. 2014 Jun;31(2):123-35. doi: 10.1111/ger.12022. Epub 2012 Dec 5. PubMed PMID: 23216625.

Matthews DC, Clovis JB, Brillant MGS, Filiaggi MJ, McNally ME, Kotzer RD, Lawrence HP. Oral Health Status of Long-Term Care Residents – A Vulnerable Population. J Can Dent Assoc 2012;78:c3

Clovis JB, Brillant MGS, Matthews DC, Cobban SJ, Romonow PR, Filiaggi ML, McNally ME. Using interviews to construct and disseminate knowledge of oral health policy. International Journal of Dental Hygiene 2011; DOI: 10.1111/j.1601-5037.2011.00520.x

Matthews DC, Brillant MGS, Clovis JB, McNally ME, Filiaggi MJ, Kotzer RD, Lawrence HP. Assessing the oral health of an aging population: methods, challenges and predictors of survey participation. Gerodontology 2011; doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2358.2011.00540.x

McNally, ME, Matthews DC, Maze B, Dharamsi S, Pottie K, Swinkels H, Jivani K, Welch V, Ullah A. Dental disease: Evidence review for newly arriving immigrants and refugees. CMAJ 2011 DOI 10.1503/cmaj.090313

Kungatsiajuk (Healthy Smiles) Project Research Team (PIs Martin D, McNally ME, Castleden H), 2016. Report on Child and Youth Oral Health Survey Results for NunatuKavut, 2012–2013. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Dalhousie University. Available at:

Muscedere J, Andrew M, Bagshaw SM, Estabrooks C, Hogan D, Holroyd- Leduc J, Howlett S, Lahey W, Maxwell C, McNally M, Moorhouse P, Rockwood K, Rolfson D, Sinha S, Tholl B. Screening for frailty in the Canadian health care system: Time for action. A technology evaluation in the elderly (TVN) Networks of Centres of Excellence Discussion Paper. June 2015

Schroth R, McNally M. Pathway to oral health equity for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Canadians: Knowledge Exchange Workshop, executive summary. Available on Network for Canadian Oral Health Research website: knowledge-sharing/NCOHR_ February_Workshop_executive_ report_FINAL.pdf

Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, 2014. Improving Access to oral health for vulnerable people living in Canada. ISBN 978-0-9877815-2-9 (pbk.) ISBN 978-0-9877815-3-6 (pdf)

Kraglund F, McNally ME, Matthews DC, Worden-Driscoll I. Labrador Aboriginal Children’s Oral Health Survey, 2011 – 12. A Report of Inuit Children in Nunatsiavut. Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University. Halifax NS.

McNally ME, Chair Nova Scotia Seniors Oral Health Collaboration. The oral health of seniors in Nova Scotia: Policy Scan and Analysis: Synthesis Report. Nova Scotia Department of Health 2006. Available at:

McNally ME, Lyons, R. (Oral Health of Seniors: a Nova Scotia Project). The silent epidemic of oral disease: evaluating continuity of care and policies for the oral health care of seniors. Dalhousie University 2004. Available at: