Janet Kinney

Director, Academic Programs, Dental Hygiene, Clinical Professor of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry


Dental Hygiene


1011 N. University Avenue Faculty Commons, 2153 Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078





Janet is Clinical Professor of Dentistry and Director of Dental Hygiene at the University of Michigan. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, Master of Science in Dental Hygiene and Master of Science in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the University of Michigan. In her role as director, she oversees the three dental hygiene programs within the school - entry-level, degree completion, and graduate. In addition to her administrative duties, Janet teaches in the bachelor and graduate programs. She serves on various department, school, and university committees as well as chairs graduate student theses research projects. Janet’s clinical experience is in both general dentistry and periodontics, where she has worked both in the US and abroad. Her clinical research interest is in the area of salivary diagnostics. Specifically, her research has focused on investigating the role of oral fluid biomarkers, alone or in conjunction with pathogens, as predictors of periodontal disease progression. Additionally, her area of social science research is in the development of professional identity.