Rachell Kearney, Associate Professor

Rachel Kearney, BSDH, MS

Associate Professor
B.S. in Dental Hygiene, The Ohio State University
M.S. in Allied Medicine Education, The Ohio State University

Rachel K. Henry RDH, MS is an assistant professor in the Division of Dental Hygiene at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.  She holds a BS in Dental Hygiene and a MS in Allied Medical Education from the Ohio State University. She was the 2009 Recipient of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Future Leader Award.  Rachel is currently the treasurer of the Ohio Dental Hygienists’ Association and serves on the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Council on Education. Rachel is also a 2014 fellow in the ADEA Leadership Institute. She is also a Quality Matters peer reviewer. She teaches ethics, professionalism and courses in the education specialization to undergraduate and graduate dental hygiene students. Rachel’s research focus is social media professionalism for health care providers. In her online courses she strives to make the student feel like they are part of the class and engages students on a regular basis through synchronous class sessions. She requires students to use a high level of technology in her courses and finds that even though there is a learning curve it enhances the students experience in online courses.

Get to know Rachel Kearney.

Areas of Expertise

Quality Matters

Ethics & Professionalism in Education

Research Interests

Social Media Professionalism for Health Care Providers


  • 2014 ODHA Outstanding Service Award.
  • 2014 ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Co. Allied Dental Educators Fellowship.
  • 2011 ODHA Outstanding Effort Award.
  • 2009 ADHA Esther Wilkins/Hu Friedy Future Leader Award.
  • 2008 Phillips Sonicare Scholarship for "It's Academic...Let's Present It" Workshop.

Journal Articles


  • Henry,Rachel,K; Pieren,Jennifer,A, 2014, "The use of social media in dental hygiene programs: a survey of program directors.." Journal of dental hygiene : JDH / American Dental Hygienists' Association 88, no. 4, 243-249 - 243-249.
  • Carr MP, Henry RK, 2014, "Dental Hygiene Diagnosis." Dimensions of Dental Hygiene 12, no. 9, 86 - 86.
  • Carr MP, Henry RK, 2014, "Determining the right interval for medical history updates." Dimensions of Dental Hygiene 12, no. 12, 74 - 74.
  • Henry,Rachel,K; Webb,Chadleo, 2014, "A survey of social media policies in U.S. dental schools.." Journal of dental education 78, no. 6, 850-855 - 850-855.
  • Henry RK, Webb C, 2014, A Survey of Social Media Policy in U.S. Dental Schools. Journal of Dental Education 78, no. 6, 850-5 - 850-5.
  • Henry RK, Henderson R., 2014, "The Rise of E-Cigarettes." Dimensions of Dental Hygiene 5, 46-50 - 46-50.


  • Carr, MP, Henry RK, 2013, "Protect Your Practice with Informed Refusal." Dimensions of Dental Hygiene 11, no. 6, 70 - 70.
  • Henry,R,K; BAUCHMOYER,S,M; Moore,W; Rashid,R,G, 2013, "The effect of light on tooth whitening: a split-mouth design." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DENTAL HYGIENE 11, no. 2, 151-154 - 151-154.
  • Carr MP, Henry RK, 2013, "Know Your State's Practice Act." Dimensions of Dental Hygiene 11, no. 8, 78 - 78.
  • Carr MP, Henry RK, 2013, "Protect your practice with informed refusal of treatment." Dimensions of Dental Hygiene 11, no. 6, 70 - 70.


  • Henry RK, Bauchmoyer SM, Moore W, Rashid RG, 2012, Effect of Light on Tooth Whitening: A Split Mouth Design. International Journal of Dental Hygiene EPub ahead of print, epub - epub.
  • Henry RK, 2012, "Maintain Professionalism in a Digital Age.." Dimensions of Dental Hygiene 10, no. 10, 28-32 - 28-32.


  • Chipps E, Landers T, Carr MP, Henry RK, MacDermott J, Von Visger T, Calvitti K., "Outcomes of an Oral Care Protocol in Post-Mechanically Ventilated Patients.." Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
  • Kearney RC, Olson GW, Williamson A, Smith B, Sundaralingam P, Romanos G, "Massive Open Online Courses in Dental Education: Two Viewpoints." Journal of Dental Education.