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Kathryn Atchison - March 2016

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Kathryn Atchison, D.D.S., M.P.H., is professor in the Division of Public Health and Community Dentistry at the UCLA School of Dentistry and at the Department of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health. At UCLA she also serves as the vice provost for new collaborative initiatives. Her past administrative experience includes serving as vice provost for intellectual property and industry relations and as the School of Dentistry’s associate dean for research & knowledge management. 

She earned her D.D.S. at Marquette University Dental School, Milwaukee, Wis. and her M.P.H. at Boston University, School of Public Health. Atchison’s current NIDCR-funded research with the University of Maryland, College Park, is to examine the association of health literacy and oral health. She has had substantial experience conducting and leading collaborative multidisciplinary, community-based research. She served as a principal investigator (PI or Co-PI) of a HRSA-funded evaluation of the impact of federal support on postgraduate general dental training; an RO1 of an NIH study of dental predictors of osteoporosis, an RO1 to study patient preferences for treatment of mandibular fracture; and an RO1 for an AHCPR four-year study to measure the efficacy and effectiveness of the FDA Guidelines for ordering dental radiographs. 


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