Seminar Archive

The Social and Political Action Leaders for Oral Health Brown Bag presents

Satu Lahti

Senior Research Fellow in Community Dentistry, University of Oulu, Finland

“Treatment of dental anxiety – Finnish experiences from clinical work and education”

June 15, 2010
Satu Lahti has worked in the field of dental anxiety since 1986 as a researcher and in treating dentally anxious patients. Her research has focused on the dental anxiety and factors related to it among children and adults. She has been responsible of teaching the subject in undergraduate curriculum since 1988. She has also planned and implemented several continuing education courses on the topic for the Finnish dental Society Apollonia and public dental clinics. She is currently in charge of treating dentally anxious patients in the Oulu University Hospital.

In her lecture she will tell about different ways of arranging treatment of dentally anxious patients from public health care settings to University Hospital clinic. She will also share her experiences on including dental anxiety as a topic in undergraduate curriculum and in continuing education.

The Social and Political Action Leaders for Oral Health Brown Bag presents

Vesa Pohjola

Chief Dental Officer, Finnish Student Health Service, and Research Fellow, Department of Community Dentistry, University of Oulu, Finland

“Dental fear and quality of life”

June 17, 2010
Dr. Vesa Pohjola is a specialist in Cariology and Pediatric Dentistry. His main research field has been dental fear among adults and he is currently working with a research group interested in dental fear among children. Both these research areas have included oral health-related quality of life. The presentation will review the aspects of quality of life that dental fear may affect when considering oral health and dental treatment.

The Social and Political Action Leaders for Oral Health Brown Bag presents

Robert Berkowitz, DDS

University of Rochester

“Clinical Outcomes for Severe Early Childhood Caries”

May 6, 2010
Dr. Robert Berkowitz received a BA in Biology from Clark University and a DDS from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is currently working as a professor of dentistry and pediatrics at the University of Rochester.

Recent publications include “Adjunctive chemotherapeutic suppression of mutans streptococci in the setting of severe early childhood caries” and “Salivary glucosyltransferase B as a possible marker for caries activity.”

The Social and Political Action Leaders for Oral Health Brown Bag presents

Howard Rose, President, Co-Founder, Firsthand Technology
Jacquie Pickrell, Acting Assistant Professor, Dental Public Health Sciences, UW

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Dentisha: Improving Oral Health with Serious Games”

November 12, 2009
Howard Rose is the president, co-founder, designer, and developer of Firsthand Technology, Inc., based in Seattle, Washington. He received his M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction and educational technology from the UW College of Education. Howard began working at the UW Human Interface Technology Lab on an educational outreach program taking VR computers into schools. At Firsthand, Howard designs and develops Virtual Reality, real-time 3D, and serious games for therapy, research, education, and business. For more information about Firsthand, please visit

Jacqueline Pickrell received her MS and PhD in Cognition and Perception from the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. During her postdoctoral training, Jacquie worked with a DPHS team in developing a cognitive intervention that was successful in decreasing dental fear in children. Currently, she is the PI of a UW/DPHS subcontract from Firsthand Technology to develop and assess the effectiveness of a science exhibit that will include a virtual reality game as well as numerous interactive displays designed to teach Oral Health and motivate children to improve their own oral health behaviors.

The Social and Political Action Leaders for Oral Health Brown Bag presents

Bonnie Bruerd, MPH, DrPH

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

“Promoting Oral Health in American Indian Communities”

October 22, 2009
Dr. Bruerd is a health policy consultant currently working on contracts with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, Indian Health Service, and Head Start. She has worked on contracts with various agencies including state health departments, Centers for Disease Control, the National Cancer Institute, Colgate, and Sesame Street.

Bruerd received her doctorate degree in public health on a Pew Fellowship from the University of Michigan. She has over 20 years experience working with low-income families and their health providers to improve oral health. Bruerd’s expertise is in the areas of training, research, designing health campaigns, and program evaluation, all aimed at improving oral health for young children and their families.

The Social and Political Action Leaders for Oral Health Brown Bag presents

Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD

Professor of Family Medicine, University of Washington

The Institute of Translational Health Science and its Outreach Core and Activities”

October 15, 2009
Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD, MPH is a Professor and the Research Director in the Department of Family Medicine, a senior researcher at the University of Washington’s Rural Health Research Center, and a practicing family physician.

Dr. Baldwin is the co-Director of the Community Engagement and Research Translation of the University of Washington’s Clinical Translational Science Award – the Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS). She is also the co-Director of the ITHS’ Regional Collaborations Program, which seeks to facilitate collaborations between clinical and translational researchers across the five-state WWAMI region.

The Social and Political Action Leaders for Oral Health Brown Bag presents

Norbert Enkling, PhD

Assistant Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Prosthodontics, University of Bern, Switzerland

“Interaction of Dental Anxiety and Oral Health Related
Quality of Life”

Thursday, July 9, 2009
<dr. Norbert Enkling is a specialist for prosthetic dentistry, oral surgery, and implantology. Since 2003 he has been working with highly anxious dental patients in cooperation with psychologists at the Universities of Witten / Herdecke (Germany) and Bern (Switzerland). Scientifically in the field of dental anxiety he is engaged in epidemiological and treatment-effect studies.

The Social and Political Action Leaders for Oral Health Brown Bag presents

Ad de Jongh, PhD

Academic Centre for Dentistry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“Dental Anxiety: New Developments and New Directions”

Thursday, April 9, 2009
A dental treatment is almost a laboratory situation in which it is possible to study the conditions under which certain fears are acquired, and how these can be un-learned and successfully treated. The results of a number of recent studies in this area have the potential to provide an important advance in our understanding, not only with regard to the dynamic of dental fears and phobias per se, but also of that of other phobia subtypes, and of anxiety disorders in general.

One of the aims of this presentation is to provide an overview of recent findings on dental anxiety, its prevalence in relation to other types of anxieties and phobias, aetiology, symptomatology, (biological) risk factors of developing pathological levels of dental anxiety, as well as its treatment. This will be highlighted by a number of videotaped case examples of useful, empirically based, treatment approaches. An additional aim is to exchange information on the three-years post-graduate program that has been established in Amsterdam for dentists to become a specialist in the treatment of dentally anxious patients.

Ad de Jongh, Ph.D. is both dentist and psychotherapist. He is professor of Anxiety and Behavior Disorders at the Department of Behavioral Sciences of the Academic Centre for Dentistry in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (ACTA). He is senior investigator of The Netherlands Institute for Dental Sciences (IOT), director of the Centre for Psychotherapy and Psychotrauma in Bilthoven and of the trauma treatment unit of D.O.E.N. in Druten an organization which provides acute psychological assistance in case of traumatic incidents. He is (co-)author of a large number of scientific articles/book chapters, and four books on (the treatment of) anxiety disorders.

The Social and Political Action Leaders for Oral Health Brown Bag presents

Maaike Schutjes, PhD

Academic Centre for Dentistry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“Special Dental Care in the Netherlands”

Thursday, March 26, 2009
Maaike Schutjes received a doctorate in dental surgery from the Academic Centre for Dentistry (ACTA) Amsterdam. She is in her final year of the three-year post-graduate course at the Centre of Specialized Dental Care in Amsterdam as a dentist in the fear department.

Schutjes is working with Dr. Ad de Jongh to research whether embarrassment is a mediating factor in the relation between a deterioration of the teeth and increasing dental fear.

The Social and Political Action Leaders for Oral Health Brown Bag presents

Judith Versloot, PhD

University of British Columbia

“The Communication of (Dental) Pain in Children”

Thursday, March 19, 2009
Dr. Judith Versloot has completed a doctorate in dentistry and a masters degree in clinical child psychology at the University of Amsterdam. She is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia.

Her studies on pain in pediatric dentistry have focused on three major themes: identifying behavioral indicators of toothache in young children, measuring procedural pain, and coping with pain. In her talk she will present the socio-communication model of pain applied to dentistry and give an overview of her most important research findings.

The Social and Political Action Leaders for Oral Health Brown Bag presents

Suchitra Nelson, PhD

Case Western Reserve University

“VLBW Infants and Oral Health: A Longitudinal Study”

Thursday, March 12, 2009
Dr. Suchitra Nelson is an epidemiologist who studies the oral health of children from health disparate populations. Her research activities include examining oral health of very low birth weight children who frequently have special needs, and a clinical trial aimed at reducing dental caries in poor inner-city elementary school children.

Dr. Nelson is currently an Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University. She received her Bachelors in Madras, India, and her Masters and PhD in Epidemiology from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Nelson recently received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) selected by the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Scholars in Dentistry Seminar Series Presents

Ophir Klein, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Orofacial Sciences and Pediatrics,
University of California, San Francisco

“More is Not Always Better: Genetic Regulation of Dental Morphogenesis and Stem Cells”

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Dr. Ophir Klein is a specialist in pediatric medical genetics who treats children with craniofacial and dental anomalies, as well as general genetic disorders at UCSF Children’s Hospital. His research interests include craniofacial and tooth developmental biology and adult stem cell biology.

Dr. Klein earned a medical degree and doctorate at Yale University. He completed a residency in pediatrics and medical genetics at Yale, as well as a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental biology at UCSF. He is a Culpepper Scholar for his work with the mouse incisor as a model system for studying adult stem cells.

Jointly sponsored by the Division of Craniofacial Medicine, University of Washington Department of Pediatrics and The University of Washington School of Dentistry.

The Social and Political Action Leaders for Oral Health Brown Bag presents

W. Murray Thomson, MA, PhD, FICD

Case Western Reserve University

“Documenting the Natural History of Oral Health and Disease Through the First Three Decades of Life: Some Findings from the Dunedin Study”

Thursday, December 11, 2008
W. Murray Thomson is Professor of Dental Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Otago, New Zealand; Editor of the New Zealand Dental Journal; and an Associate Editor for Special Care in Dentistry. He undertakes most of his work in collaboration with other researchers because he believes strongly that the answers to health problems do not lie wholly within the bounds of any single discipline or research tradition, and that diverse groups of researchers are able to arrive at insights that would otherwise be missed.

Much of Thomson’s research output is concerned with social inequalities in oral health, as well as the natural history of oral diseases. His epidemiological and clinical research encompass a wide range of oral conditions, problems and settings (most notably in the fields of gerodontology, dental caries and tooth loss, periodontal disease, dental anxiety and xerostomia). He is the dental principal investigator on the renowned Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study.

The Social and Political Action Leaders for Oral Health Brown Bag presents

Walter Bretz, MS, PhD, DDS

New York University, College of Dentistry

“The Relative Contribution of Genetic and Environmental Factors to Oral Diseases: The Twin Study Design”

Thursday, October 23, 2008
Dr. Walter Bretz is Associate Professor of Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry in the Department of Cariology & Comprehensive Care. He is the Director of the Twins Program in Genetics Research and Co-Director of the Laboratory for Microbial Genetic Analysis at NYUCD. Dr. Bretz has been involved in a number of studies of the etiology and treatment of dental caries and periodontal diseases and their subsequent role in medical diseases.

More recently, Dr. Bretz has focused his research in understanding the relative contribution of genetic and environmental factors to oral diseases and treatment responses do dental therapies.

The Social and Political Action Leaders for Oral Health Brown Bag presents

Daniel W. McNeil, PhD

New York University, College of Dentistry

“Fear, Pain, and their Interaction in Dental Phobia: Conceptualization, Assessment, and Treatment”

Thursday, August 14, 2008
Dr. McNeil is a Professor of Psychology, and a Clinical Professor of Dental Practice and Rural Health, at West Virginia University (WVU). He also is an Eberly Professor of Outstanding Public Service. Dr. McNeil is a faculty member in a doctoral training program in Clinical Psychology, and also mentors dental students.

Professor McNeil is a clinical researcher in health psychology, including behavioral dentistry, studying the experience and expression of emotion, particularly anxiety, pain, and their interaction. He has a particular focus on dental fear and phobia. His work is interdisciplinary, and focuses in part on underserved groups, including those residing in Appalachia, as well as American Indians.

The Social and Political Action Leaders for Oral Health Brown Bag presents

Beverly Isman, RDH, MPH, ELS

Dental Public Health Consultant

“Looking into the Dental Public Health Kaleidoscope”

Thursday, July 10, 2008
Beverly Isman, RDH, MPH, ELS is a dental public health consultant in Davis, California. Currently she serves as the Cooperative Agreement Manager for the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and as Faculty for the ATSU School of Health Management’s online MPH program.

Previously she was a Public Health Advisor with the Indian Health Service, Portland Area Office; Director of the Division of Dental Health, Maine Bureau of Health; Associate Professor in Applied Dentistry at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry; Chief of Dental Hygiene, JFK Child Development Center at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; and Program Associate, Institute for the Study of Mental Retardation and Related Disabilities in Ann Arbor, MI.

She has worked extensively with community-based programs for young children, children and adults with special health care needs, migrant families, elders, and homeless families.

The Social and Political Action Leaders for Oral Health Brown Bag presents

Domenick Zero, DDS, MS

New York University, College of Dentistry

“Regulation & Marketing of U.S. Dental Products: The Case of Remineralizing Pastes”

Thursday, June 12, 2008
Dr. Zero holds the position of Associate Dean for Research, Director of the Oral Health Research Institute, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry at Indiana University School of Dentistry. Dr. Zero previously held the position of Associate Director for Research and Program Director of Oral Sciences at Eastman Dental Center, Rochester, New York and Professor of Dentistry at the University of Rochester.

After receiving his dental degree from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., in 1975 graduating first in his class, Dr. Zero completed a general dentistry residency at the Eastman Dental Center and then a three-year research fellowship leading to a master’s degree from the University of Rochester in 1979.

Dr. Zero has expensive experience as a principal investigator on scientific studies and research administrator, and has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health and substantial funding from private industry. His current research interests include the evaluation of the clinical efficacy of topical fluorides in the prevention dental caries and erosion, non-fluoride remineralization agents, new early caries diagnostic systems, and the erosive potential of foods and beverages.

Dr. Zero has lectured extensively as an invited speaker throughout the country and abroad and is well recognized for his broad expertise in the field of Cariology and dental erosion and the related use in situ models. He has served as President of the Cariology Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research, as a member of the Advisory Board of the European Organization for Caries Research (ORCA) and recently as vice-chair and chair of the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs.

He has provided his expertise in Cariology as member of the Dental Products Panel of the Food and Drug Administration’s Medical Devices Advisory Committee (2004-2007) now serving as a consultant, as a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Expert Panel on School-based Dental Sealant Programs (2004-2007), as a member of the ADA Expert Panel on Professionally Applied Topical Fluoride (2005-2006), and consultant to the ADA Council.