Karin Quick, DDS, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Primary Dental Care

Karin Quick

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-626-4121

Office Address:
15-136F Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, University of Minnesota (major: Health Services Research and Policy, minor: Bioethics), 1997

BA, St. Olaf College (Biology), 1982

DDS, University of Minnesota (Dentistry), 1986


Dr. Quick serves as the Division Director of Dental Public Health and Director of Global Programs as an Associate Professor with Tenure in the Department of Primary Dental Care at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. 


Research Summary/Interests

Her main area of study is academic learning environments including the overall dental school environment, as well as the smaller environments where students learn—classrooms, labs, clinics, and communities. She creates and studies learning environments that build professional relationships and promote deep thinking through active learning methods. Her community-engaged work focuses on health equity and interprofessional teams. She serves as a peer-reviewer for the Journal of Dental Education, European Journal of Dental Education, and Health Services Research. 


Woll, A, Quick, KK, Mazzei, C, Selameab, T, Miller, JL. Working with Interpreters as a Team in Health Care (WITH Care) Simulation Curriculum Toolkit for Oral Health Professions. MedEdPORTAL. 2020;16:10894. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10894

Quick, KK, Selameab, T, Woll, A, Mazzei, C, Miller, JL. Creating and evaluating a skills-based training in Working with Spoken-Language Interpreters for Oral Health Professions Students. J Dent Educ. 2019;83(6):645-653.

Quick, KK, Blue, CM. Using Situated Learning Theory to Build an Interactive Learning Environment to Foster Dental Students’ Professionalism: An Ignite Project. J Dent Educ. 2019;83(3):334-41.

Quick, KK, Overman, PR, Sposetti, VJ. Identifying Needs to Ensure a Humanistic Academic Dental Environment: A Multi-Site Survey of Dental Students’ Perceptions. J Dent Educ. 2018; 82(11):1162-1170.

Quick, KK. The Role of Self- and Peer Assessment in Reflective Practice Using Standardized Patient Encounters. J Dent Educ. 2016; 80(8):924-929.

Quick, KK. Conversation Salons: A Flexible Format for Open Discourse and Strengthening Critical Reflection Skills. J Dent Educ. 2016; 80(4):466-472.

Quick, KK. A Humanistic Environment for Dental Students: What are Dental Students Experiencing? J Dent Educ. 2014; 78(12):1629-1653.


Academic Interests and Focus

Her previous academic appointments include Acting Department Co-Chair, Primary Dental Care, Acting Division Director of Comprehensive Care, and Comprehensive Care Group Leader. She currently directs several courses in the Division of Dental Public Health at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. She is a fellow in the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists and a member of the American Dental Association, American Dental Education Association, Association for Dental Education in Europe, American Association of Public Health Dentistry, American Interprofessional Health Collaborative, Association of Standardized Patient Educators, and Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She recently served the American Dental Education Association as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee.