Deirdre M Cloonan, RDH, BS, MSDH
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dental Hygiene, Fones School of Dental Hygiene

Office Location: Health Science Center – Office 419
Telephone: (203) 576-4826


M.S.D.H., Dental Hygiene Education, University of Bridgeport, 2014
B.S., Dental Hygiene, University of New England, 2011
A.S., Dental Hygiene, University of New England, 2010

Deirdre Marie Cloonan is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Fones School of Dental Hygiene, University of Bridgeport. She received her dental hygiene degree from the University of New England in Portland Maine. In 2014, Cloonan graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a Master of Dental Hygiene Degree in Education at the University of Bridgeport. Professor Cloonan began her teaching career at the University in 2012 as a part-time clinical instructor in Second Year Clinic. Deirdre’s experience of more than 8 years in dentistry includes dental assisting, clinical practice, public health, and dental hygiene education.

Professor Cloonan currently teaches Introduction to Periodontology and Periodontology, and is a clinical instructor to both first and second year dental hygiene student interns. In addition to working as a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor, Deirdre practices clinically in a private practice. Professional affiliations include membership of the American Dental Educators Association, American Dental Hygienists’ Association where Miss Cloonan now serves as a 2015 Connecticut ADHA delegate Connecticut Dental Hygienists’ Association where she currently serves as the President-Elect, and the Hartford Dental Hygienists’ Association.


DHYG 140 Introduction to Periodontology (Spring 2015)
DHYG 241 Periodontology (Fall 2015)
DHYG129 Clinical Practice I, Clinical Instructor
DHYG130 Clinical Practice II, Clinical Instructor
DHYG 227, Clinical Practice III, Clinical Instructor
DHYG 228, Clinical Practice IV, Clinical Instructor

Clinical dental hygiene practice, periodontology, learning styles, technology in education, active learning strategies, expanded provider models, leadership

Magna Cum Laude, MSDH degree, May, 2014
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