Dr. Susana Calderon is an Assistant Professor at Mennonite College of Nursing, Illinois State University. Dr. Calderon holds a bachelor's and master's degree in nursing from Millikin University and a doctorate in nursing from Illinois State University. She conducted her postdoctorate on children's oral health, focusing on oral microbiology and caries prevention at Drs. Jeffrey Banas and David Drake's laboratory at the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry, Iowa Institute of Oral Health Research. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force. Dr. Calderon is recognized for her research focused on children's oral health—particularly using early social media and dietary intervention to shape children's oral microbiome to reduce the risk for dental caries and obesity—and her mentorship to undergraduate and graduate nursing students.
Dr. Calderon teach the innovative clinical portion of Nursing Care of the Children, and Public Health Nursing called "America Promise" and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.
My research interests are in the area of children and adult oral health and oral microbiome, particularly in caries and obesity prevention.