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Deb Nelson

Teaching Interests:

Periodontics Clinical Dental Hygiene Local Anesthesia

Research Interests:

Diabetes Blood Pressure Measurement Periodontology Burning Mouth Syndrome


  • MA, Dental Hygiene IMA, Antioch University, 1991
  • BS, Dental Hygiene, University of South Dakota, 1982

Licensures and Certifications:

  • Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Sedation, South Dakota State Board of Dentistry
  • Local Anesthesia, South Dakota State Board of Dentistry
  • Periodontics, Advanced Functions, Northern Arizona University
  • Licensed, Registered Dental Hygienist, South Dakota State Board of Dentistry


  • Health Affairs Medical Informatics Committee (HAMIC) Technology Grant, USD School of Medicine. Grant Role: Principal. (2011 - 2011)
  • Clinical Management Program for Dental Hygiene, USD IT. Grant Role: Principal. (2010 - Present)
  • CIDD Faculty Development, USD CIDD. (2006 - 2007)
  • Faculty Development Grant, USD. (1998 - 1999)
  • Hutterite Communities of South Dakota, SHS Cultural Competency Committee. Grant Role: Principal. (2012)


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Nelson, Deb, Jorgensen, Kathy, , and . Building Interdisciplinary Teamwork Among Allied Health Students Through LIve Clinical Case Simulations, 109-123. Vol. 37, Iss. 2. J. Allied Health. 2008 Summer, 2008.
  • Nelson, Deb, Kennedy, Beverly, Regnerus, Carissa, and Schweinle, Amy. Accuracy of Automated Blood Pressure Monitors, 35. Vol. 82, Iss. 4. Chicago, Ill: Journal of Dental Hygiene, 2008.
  • Nelson, Deb. Interdisciplinary Health Fair for Seniors: Service Learning in Higher Education. Vol. 11, Iss. 11. The ASHA Leader, 2006.
  • Kennedy, Beverly, and Nelson, Deb. Medical-Dental Emergencies Chapter, 478-502. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2000.
  • Nelson, Deb. Saunders Review of Dental Hygiene. Edited by Debralee M. Nelson, 666. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: W.B. Saunders Company, 2000.
  • Nelson, Deb. Periodontics adn. Contemporary Dental Assisting.

Awards and Honors:

  • Associate Fellow, World Clinical Laser Institute, 2009
  • South Dakota Dental Hygienist of the Year, South Dakota Dental Hygienists' Association, 1996


  • Nelson, Deb. Periodontal Pathogens & Salivary Diagnostics. Presented at the Dakota Days Continuing Education, Winery. (October 1, 2010)
  • Nelson, Deb. Human Papillomavirus. Presented at the Dakota Days Continuing Education, Vermillion, SD. (October 10, 2009)
  • Huff, E, Buelow, Janet, Jorgensen, Kathy, Nelson, Deb, Ekstrom, Richard, Smallfield, Stacy, Johnson, Marni. Interdisciplinary health fairs for seniors: Service learning in higher education. Presented at the American Speech and Hearing Association Convention, Miami, FL. (November 2006)
  • Buelow, Janel, Nelson, Deb, Jorgensen, Kathy, Peterson, M., Smallfield, Stacy, Ekstrom, Richard, Huff, E.. Interdisciplinary health fairs for senior citizens. Presented at the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education, Vermillion, SD. (September 2005)