McNally, Mary

Phone: (902) 494-1294

Email: mary.mcnally@dal.ca

Associate Professor, Department of Dental Clinical Sciences

Division Head, Department of Dental Clinical Sciences

Acting Assistant Dean, 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:



Research Interests:

Dr. McNally’s clinical and academic work benefits priority populations and communities by building interdisciplinary teams and community partnerships that move “oral health” from the margins of health care. In 2008, she became a WHO gold standard calibrated oral health examiner and participated in the Inuit Oral Health Survey (Office of the Chief Dental Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada). This has led to community-based research opportunities including the Labrador Aboriginal Oral Health Survey Nunatsiavut, Labrador; Kungatsiajuk: Supporting the Healthy Smiles of NunatuKavut Children in 7 Inuit Labrador communities; and more recently working with Mi’kmaq communities in Unama’ki (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia) to develop the Tui’kn Pathway to Oral Health.

Her research projects also focus on effective health promotion and integration of oral health care for frail and dependant older adults residing both at home and in continuing care settings. Her research has developed pragmatic daily mouth care resources (Brushingup.ca) and influenced policies and programs to promote better oral care practices in Nova Scotia. Her multidisciplinary teams are interested in gaining a better understanding of the ethical implications of frailty and of personal mouth care. Her research includes careful attention to knowledge translation strategies with the involvement of end-users and decision makers as an integral part of the research process.

Research Projects:

The oral health and dental care pathways of humanitarian migrants: Advancing a mixed methods program of research
Funding Agency:CIHR Operating
Start Date:2018End Date:2021
Investigator Status:Co-Investigator
Co-Investigators:M E MacDonald (PI), B Nicolau (co-PI) and others
Atlantic Indigenous Mentorship Network
Funding Agency:CIHR
Start Date:2017End Date:2020
Investigator Status:Co-Investigator
Co-Investigators:Debbie Martin (co-PI), Amy Bombay (co-PI), Ashlee Consolo (co-PI)
A mixed methods evaluation of Health Canada's Children's Oral Health Initiative (COHI). Does it lead to improved oral health for young First Nations and Inuit children?
Funding Agency:CIHR
Start Date:2016End Date:2019
Investigator Status:Co-Principal Investigator
Co-Investigators:R Schroth (n-PI), Martin Chartier (co-PI) and others
A Collaborative Intervention for Streamlining Medication Appropriateness and Deprescribing within Integrated Health-Care Teams.
Funding Agency:Canadian Frailty Network
Start Date:2018End Date:2019
Investigator Status:Co-Investigator
Co-Investigators:M Andrews (PI)
Brushing up on Mouth Care: Supporting caregiving and oral health from research to policy to everyday practice.
Funding Agency:NSHRF
Start Date:2016End Date:2017
Investigator Status:Co-Principal Investigator
Co-Investigators:A Campbell (co-PI), T MacCallum
Frailty and Health Care: Considerations at the Intersection of Health and Law
Funding Agency:Canadian Frailty Network
Start Date:2016End Date:2018
Investigator Status:Co-Principal Investigator
Co-Investigators:W Lahey (co-PI)
Tui'kn(Passage) to Oral Health: A community-led research partnership to improve oral health in Unama’ki
Funding Agency:CIHR
Start Date:2015End Date:2016
Investigator Status:Principal Investigator
Co-Investigators:S Rudderham (co-PI), D Martin (co-PI) and others
Exploring Gender and Diversity as elements of professionalism
Funding Agency:American Dental Association, Enid A Neidle Scholar in Residence
Start Date:2016End Date:2016
Investigator Status:Principal Investigator
Using oral traditions to support oral health: Sharing what we have learned about Kungatsiajuk (the healthy smiles) of Southern Labrador Inuit youth.
Funding Agency:CIHR Dissemination Events Award
Start Date:2014End Date:2015
Investigator Status:Co-Investigator
Co-Investigators:D Martin (PI) and H Castleden
Using oral traditions to support oral health
Funding Agency:The International Grenfell Association Project Grants Award
Start Date:2014End Date:2015
Investigator Status:Kungatisiajuk team member
Co-Investigators:D Martin (PI) and Kungatisiajuk team
SPOR Network in Primary and Integrated Care Innovations
Funding Agency:CIHR
Start Date:2014End Date:2015
Investigator Status:Co-Investigator
Co-Investigators:F Burge (PI) and others
'Kungatsiajuk': Supporting the Healthy Smiles of NunatuKavut Children
Description:This research project will bring together two kinds of knowledge - biomedical knowledge and Indigenous knowledge - that will make a unique contribution to our understanding of the oral health of Aboriginal children.
Funding Agency:CIHR Operating Grant
Start Date:2011End Date:2014
Investigator Status:Co-Principal Investigator
Co-Investigators:co-PI's: D Martin, H Castleden
Link:http://www.ahprc.dal.ca/projects/kungatsiajuk/
Reaching out for Positive Aging with “Brushing up on Mouth Care”
Funding Agency:Nova Scotia Provincial Government’s Department of Seniors Positive Aging Fund
Start Date:2013End Date:2014
Engaging Aboriginal Voices to Address Oral Health Disparities
Funding Agency:Network for Canadian Oral Health Research
Start Date:2013End Date:2014
Investigator Status:Co-Principal Investigator
Co-Investigators:R Schroth (co-PI), R Harrison
Primary Healthcare: The foundation of the health care system getting stronger
Funding Agency:Dalhousie University Strategic Research Initiative Fund
Start Date:2013End Date:2014
Investigator Status:Co-Investigator
Co-Investigators:F Burge (PI), R Martin-Misener (PI) and 10 others
Aboriginal health research and the academy: Ethical tensions and institutional barriers for new scholars seeking to do community-based research “in a good way”
Funding Agency:CIHR Ethics Catalyst Grant
Start Date:2011End Date:2013
Investigator Status:Co-Principal Investigator
Co-Investigators:co-PI's: H Castleden, D Martin
Brushing up on Mouthcare: Facilitating uptake of a daily oral care program in Continuing Care
Funding Agency:CIHR KT Supplement
Start Date:2012End Date:2013
Investigator Status:Principal Investigator
Co-Investigators:D Matthews, J Clovis and 4 others
Link:http://www.ahprc.dal.ca/projects/oral-care/
Labrador Aboriginal Children’s Oral Health Survey
Funding Agency:Health Canada - First Nations and Inuit Health
Start Date:2011End Date:2012
Investigator Status:Co-Principal Investigator
Co-Investigators:F Kraglund (co-PI), D Matthews
Brushing up on mouth care: caregiver centered knowledge translation to address the complex care needs of persons with dementia
Funding Agency:Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network: Knowledge Translation Award
Start Date:2011End Date:2012
Investigator Status:Principal Investigator
Link:http://www.ahprc.dal.ca/projects/oral-care/
Rationing public dental care in Canada: Defining the balance between individual and social responsibility
Funding Agency:SSHERC
Start Date:2009End Date:2011
Investigator Status:Co-Investigator
Co-Investigators:Carlos Quiñonez (PI)
Oral care in continuing care settings: Collaborating to improve policies and practices
Description:This study seeks to examine the integration of oral health care, with particular emphasis on daily mouth care, for frail and dependant older adults in a variety of continuing care settings.
Funding Agency:NSHRF Collaborative Health Research Program Grant
Start Date:2008End Date:2011
Investigator Status:Principal Investigator
Co-Investigators:P Allison, J Clovis, M Leiter, S Martin, R Martin-Misener, D Matthews, P Moorhouse, C Wyatt
Link:http://www.ahprc.dal.ca/projects/oral_care.asp
Changing Demographics: The Oral Health of our Aging Population
Description:An observational, cross-sectional survey of the oral health status, service utilization and treatment needs of Nova Scotians aged 45 years and older.
Funding Agency:CIHR Regional Partnership Program Grant (with NSHRF and Health Canada)
Start Date:2008End Date:2010
Investigator Status:Co-Investigator
Co-Investigators:D Matthews (PI), J Clovis (co-PI), and four others
Link:http://tohap.dentistry.dal.ca/
Increasing Capacity to Inform Oral Health Policy regarding Vulnerable Populations and the KT Plan
Description:A collaboration of clinican-researchers at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and a diverse group of stakeholders in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) (including decision-makers, health services providers and researchers). The goal of this research study is to plan ways to measure and monitor oral health status and to guide policy aimed at improving the oral health of vulnerable populations on the east coast, beginning with the senior population.
Funding Agency:CIHR Seed Grant
Start Date:2009End Date:2010
Investigator Status:Co-Investigator
Co-Investigators:J Clovis[PI] and 6 others
Link:http://icoh.dentistry.dal.ca/
Ethics in an aging society: exploring influences and values on personal care practices in the provision of oral health care for frail dependent elders.
Description:This project examined the experiences of a variety of caregivers in providing or assisting with daily personal mouth care for frail, dependent elders and explored barriers to effective care-giving. The knowledge gained from this research will be translated into improved strategies for providing adequate mouth-care for frail elders in home care and institutional environments.
Funding Agency:CIHR Pilot Project Grants - Ethics
Start Date:2008End Date:2010
Investigator Status:Principal Investigator
Co-Investigators:S Crowell, M MacEntee, J Clovis, M Lanoix, S Sherwin
Link:http://www.ahprc.dal.ca/projects/ethics_aging.asp
Developing a team to address oral health disparities in Canada
Funding Agency:CIHR Seed Grant – Disparities in Oral Health
Start Date:2007End Date:2009
Investigator Status:Co-Investigator
Co-Investigators:P Allison (PI), C Bedos (co-PI)
Quality of continuing care worklife in transition: Building a diverse research team
Funding Agency:CIHR Capacity Building Fund – Planning and Dissemination Grant
Start Date:2008End Date:2009
Investigator Status:Co-Investigator
Co-Investigators:M Leiter (PI)
Inuit Oral Health Survey – Dentist Examiner
Funding Agency:Health Canada – contract with Office of the Chief Dental Officer
Start Date:2008End Date:2009
Investigator Status:Principal Investigator
Oral Health Disparities: Creating a profile of relevant Canadian research
Funding Agency:Health Canada – contract with Office of the Chief Dental Officer
Start Date:2008End Date:2009
Investigator Status:Principal Investigator
Canadian Clinical Preventive Guidelines for Newly Arriving Immigrants and Refugees: Dental Caries and Periodontal Disease
Funding Agency:Health Canada Office of the Chief Dental Officer Contract
Start Date:2007End Date:2008
Investigator Status:Principal Investigator
Co-Investigators:Health Canada Office of the Chief Dental Officer Contract
Oral Health Status and Access to Care for Nova Scotia Seniors: A Pilot Project
Funding Agency:NSHRF Collaborative Health Research Program
Start Date:2004End Date:2007
Investigator Status:Co-Investigator
Co-Investigators:D Matthews (PI), J Clovis (co-PI), M Filiaggi, M McNally, P Allison, S Kirkland
Oral Health Assessments for Seniors: Planning an Atlantic Canadian Strategy
Funding Agency:CIHR Research Development and Translation Initiatives
Start Date:2006End Date:2006
Investigator Status:Co-Investigator
Co-Investigators:J Clovis (PI), D Matthews, M Filiaggi, M McNally
Oral Health of Nova Scotia Seniors: Policy Scan and Analysis
Description:The purpose of this research was to determine the strategies needed to develop an oral health action plan to achieve continuity of oral health care for seniors living in Nova Scotia. A synthesis report is available at www.ahprc.dal.ca/pdf/oral-health/2006_OralHealth_final.pdf.
Funding Agency:Nova Scotia Department of Health
Start Date:2005End Date:2006
Investigator Status:Principal Investigator
Link:http://www.ahprc.dal.ca/oralhealth/Index.htm