• Portrait of Kathy Yerex.
  • Associate professor

    Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry
    School of Dental Hygiene
    780 Bannatyne Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W2 Canada

    Tel: 204-789-3488
    Fax: 204-789-3948
    Email: Katherine.Yerex@umanitoba.ca

Research summary

Professor Kathy Yerex is in the early stages of her research career. Her research inserts are diverse with an overall focus on improving oral health whether that is directly through patient outcomes or indirectly through the education of students. Her research has been funded locally and nationally.

Current research interests include:

  • Oral Microbiome and its relationship to oral disease
  • The oral health of Canadian Indigenous children
  • Quality Assurance in dental hygiene practice
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning


Professor Kathy Yerex is an assistant professor at the School of Dental Hygiene, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.

She has worked as a clinical dental hygienist in Winnipeg in private practice and long term care and was the Oral Health Promotion Specialist for the Centre for Community Oral Health.

She has a strong commitment to teaching and to growing as an educator. She completed the Teaching and Learning Certificate through The Centre of for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. Her research interests include the use of technology in the classroom to engage student learning. Throughout her time as an educator, she has been the recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Award for Most Innovative Use of Teaching with Technology in the Classroom University of Manitoba, Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, School of Dental Hygiene several times.

She remains active in the dental hygiene profession as a director on the board for the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association, is a member of the Manitoba Dental Hygienists’ Association/School of Dental Hygiene Mentorship Program Committee, has served as President of the Manitoba Dental Hygienists’ Association, served on council with the College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba and continues to serve on various local boards and committees to give oral health and dental hygiene a voice.


Professor Kathy Yerex obtained her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in 2002, her diploma in dental hygiene in 2004, and Master of Science in the Department of Oral Biology all from the University of Manitoba. 

ORCID profile

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