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Patricia Xirau-Probert - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Patricia Xirau-Probert

Associate Professor/Associate Dean | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Patricia Probert provides direction to students and residents, assists with compliance, and counsels for student affairs best practices.


Patricia Probert leads the College of Dentistry's student affairs programs, provides support for college recruitment and retention efforts, including a residential Summer Learning Program for pre-dental students, and provides individual counseling to students. Prior to joining the college in March 2005, Xirau-Probert worked with the Catholic Refugee Resettlement center helping Bosnians, Vietnamese, Haitian, and Cuban refugees adapt to life in the United States. In 1996, she began working as a mental health counselor at the Alachua County Crisis Center. In this role, she supervised graduate psychology students, taught community education courses, and provided counseling to individuals, couples, and families.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Academic Performance Stressors


Dental Education

Student Academic Performance


Articles (2)

The Profile of a Competitive Applicant

Health Professions and Academia

Nicholas N. Brutus


The purpose of this chapter is to help you understand that what makes you competitive for graduate school can also provide you with a foundation for an academic career, whether it be in pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, or other health profession. Academia is one of many paths to take after graduate school. This chapter will review core elements that are useful in becoming a more competitive applicant for graduate school and the fundamental knowledge and skills to succeed in an academic trajectory.

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Influence of Preparatory Workshops on Dental Students’ Academic Performance and Stress on Their First Operative Dentistry Psychomotor Exam

Journal of Dental Education

Deborah Dilbone, et. al


Predoctoral dental psychomotor examinations are known to generate high levels of stress among dental students, which may compromise their academic performance. At one U.S. dental school, all 93 first-year dental students were invited to attend a series of three workshop sessions prior to enrollment in their initial operative dentistry course.

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