Policy Center Advisory Board

Policy Center Staff


Policy Center Advisory Board

Dr. Tegwyn H. Brickhouse

BrickhouseMugBrickhouse is chair and associate professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. She has served there as a faculty member since 2003. Brickhouse earned her dental degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College Of Dentistry.  She received her certificates in pediatric dentistry and dental public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned a Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.  She has had several local and federally funded grants focusing in the areas of oral health disparities in children. 

Brickhouse also serves on the board of the Virginia Oral Health Coalition a nonprofit committed to bringing excellent oral health to all Virginians through policy change, public awareness and innovative new programs. She is a consultant to the Virginia Division of Dental Health’s Bright Smiles Program and a member of the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) Dental Advisory Committee for the Smiles for Children program.

Brickhouse has two daughters, Cara Lee and May Belle, and enjoys running, Nebraska football, VCU basketball, fishing and sailing with her husband, Todd.

Dr. Scott W. Cashion

Cashion is currently at at-large trustee on the AAPD board of trustees, and is a member of the Council on Government Affairs Pediatric Dental Medicaid and CHIP Advisory Committee. He has a private practice in Greensboro, N.C., and also holds a position as adjunct assistant professor at the University of North Carolina. Cashion is a 2006 graduate of the AAPD Leadership Institute. He has served on the Council on Government Affairs, and chaired the Council on Membership and Membership Services. He has been president of the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Guilford County Dental Society. A diplomate of the ABPD, he received his dental degree and pediatric dental training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. James J. Crall

Crall received his dental degree, master's degree and certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Iowa, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (Board Certified). He was selected to serve as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Dental Health Services Research Scholar at Harvard from 1984-86, and subsequently obtained master's and doctoral degrees in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. In 1997, Crall was appointed as the first dental scholar-in-residence at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR), which is now the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). He has served on several national panels including the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health?care Organizations (JCAHO) Quality Improvement Task Force; the Pew Health Professions Commission Dental Advisory Panel; the Milbank-Reforming States Group (RSG) Pediatric Oral Health Work Group; the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) Pediatric Oral Health Expert Panel (chair); the National Governors Association Oral Health Policy Academy Programs, and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Advisory Committee for Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry. Crall was a member of the faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine from 1986-2000, and held appointments as head of the department of pediatric dentistry, Associate Dean for Program Evaluation and Planning, and director of the department of dentistry at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. From 2000-2003 he served as director of Columbia University's Oral Health Disparities and Policy Center and di?rector of the HRSA/MCHB National Oral Health Policy Center. In 2004, Crall joined the UCLA School of Dentistry as chairman of the department of pediatric dentistry, while continuing to direct the National Oral Health Policy Center. He has been the AAPD Child Advocate since 1995, served as chair of the AAPD's Council on Government Affairs from 1999-2003, and continues to serves as an ex-officio member of this council. Crall served as project director for the AAPD HS Dental Home Initiative from 2007-2010. Crall was honored as "Pediatric Dentist of the Year" by the AAPD in 2005.

Dr. Catherine Flaitz


Catherine Flaitz, D.D.S., M.S., is professor of the Departments of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences and of Pediatric Dentistry at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD). She is also adjunct faculty in the Campus-Wide Ethics Program, through The McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics and holds an adjunct appointment at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Previously, she served as dean (2002-2009), chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences (2002) and director of the surgical oral pathology laboratory service (1992-2004). She maintains an active intramural practice treating children and adults with a wide range of oral health problems and complex medical conditions. Dr. Flaitz earned her dental degree from Creighton University and received specialty certification and a Master of Science degree in pediatric dentistry, followed by specialty certification in oral and maxillofacial pathology from The University of Iowa. She is board certified in pediatric dentistry and oral and maxillofacial pathology. 

Service involvement at both the local and national level is a priority. Within the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), she is a member of the Council of Clinical Affairs, the editorial board for Pediatric Dentistry, and faculty for the course, Comprehensive Review of Pediatric Dentistry. For 10 years, she served previously on the Research Committee (Council for Scientific Affairs). Dr. Flaitz was the first full time academician to support the President’s Circle of the AAPD Foundation and has participated in the Grants and Fellowship Committee and the Recognition Awards Committee. She was an invited participant of the Expert Panel Conference on Oral Cancer Screening, sponsored by the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which collimated in an evidence-based publication with recommendations for the practitioner. Other organizations that she has served include the Clinical Investigation and Abstract Committee, and the Education Committee, American Academy of Oral Medicine, and 2 terms on the Executive Council of the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology. Recently, she chaired the Jack T. Clark Foundation, Texas Academy of General Dentistry, a philanthropic group whose mission is to support the oral health of all Texans affected by cancer. She has been appointed to the Frew Advisory Committee of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to review strategic initiatives to address innovative approaches to health care for Medicaid recipients. Locally, she is an academic institute member for Children at Risk of Houston and is a member of the Dental Health Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and alternate delegate for the Greater Houston Dental Society. Presently, Dr. Flaitz is on the editorial boards of American Journal of Dentistry, Oral Diseases, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Journal of Applied Research on Children. She is a Fellow in both the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists. 


Dr. Flaitz has been a recipient of numerous teaching, journalism, and research awards from a variety of institutions and professional organizations. Most recently, she was honored with the 2011 President’s Service Recognition Award for Dedication and Willingness to Speak Out for Houston and Texas’ Children, sponsored by Children at Risk. In 2010, she received the President’s Service Recognition Award for Commitment to Dental Education, Texas Dental Association and the President’s Service Recognition Award from the American Academy of Oral Medicine. That same year, Dr. Flaitz was elected into The University of Texas (UT) Academy of Health Science Education, a faculty honors academy, recognizing innovations in teaching throughout UT Health Centers. Some of her other honors include the UT-Houston 2004 President’s Scholar Award for Teaching Excellence, 2004 President’s Service Award from the Greater Houston Dental Society, 2005 Texas Dentist of the Year Award from the Texas Academy of General Dentistry, and 2009 Jack Harris Service Award from the Greater Houston Dental Alliance. For her research efforts, she has been the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Education Foundation Research Award on multiple occasions and the George W. Teuscher Silver Pen Journalism Award, Journal of Dentistry for Children. She has received continuous grant support in the areas of cariology, pathogenesis and management of oral diseases and early oral cancer detection. Dr. Flaitz has published over 280 original papers in dental and medical journals, and authored or co-authored 20 book chapters and monographs and a color atlas. 

Dr. Jane Gillette

gilletteMontana oral health disparities researcher and clinician, Jane Gillette, DDS is a nationally recognized leader in dental disease prevention, evidence-based dentistry, and value-based healthcare. She has a unique and diverse background, which includes leadership and work experience in a variety of practice settings including the Federal Dental Service, Community Health Center’s, American Indian health, private practice and the academic/research setting. She serves in a leadership capacity with many health organizations including the American Dental Association (ADA), the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA), the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) funded practice-based research networks. Gillette is the newly elected vice-chair of the ADA CAPIR Council and additionally serves as a trustee of the AAPD and an expert consultant to the AAPD Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center.

As one of the nation’s leading advocates for improving oral health outcomes via value-based healthcare, Gillette developed for Montana the nation’s only risk-based age-dependent dental Medicaid reimbursement system and attended Harvard Business School’s, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, where she studied value-based healthcare and quality measurement under internationally renowned health economist Michael Porter. Gillette works closely with the ADA’s Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry and for the past five years has served on the ADA’s Evidence-Based Dentistry Champions Conference coordinating committee and lectured and taught course work at this conference as well. She is a member of the steering committee for the ADA’s update of the "Evidence-Based Clinical Recommendations for the Use of Pit-and-Fissure Sealants", a reviewer of scientific evidence for the ADA’s evidence-based dentistry website (EBD.ADA.org), an editor for The Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice and lectures nationally on topics related to evidence-based dentistry and research translation.

Gillette is the Director of Sprout Oral Health, a non-profit organization that provides technical assistance, health policy and research consulting to organizations committed to the oral healthcare of vulnerable populations. Projects lead by Gillette include a research study evaluating "The Implementation and Impact of the Community Dental Health Coordinator model in an American Indian Head Start Population" and an "Evaluation of Emergency Room Utilization for Preventable Dental Procedures in Montana Hospitals" utilizing a similar methodology as the AHRQ HCUP Statistical Brief on Emergency Department Visits for Dental Conditions.

Dr. Jessica Y. Lee

Lee is an associate professor and currently on the faculty of both the Departments of Pediatric Dentistry in the School of Dentistry and Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also serves as the director of the School of Dentistry's Health Services Research Program. She is currently the chair for the AAPD Council on Scientific Affairs and also serves as a consultant to numerous other AAPD councils including, the Council on Governmental Affairs, Council on Dental Benefit Programs, and the Council on Postdoctoral Education. Lee received her M.P.H. and D.D.S. degrees from Columbia University and her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was also a NIDCR National Research Service Award recipient and post-doc fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. She is a board-certified pediatric dentist and an active member of the medical staff at UNC Hospitals and practices in the Dental Faculty Practice in the School of Dentistry. She has over a 100 peer-reviewed manuscript and abstracts and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Dental Research, Journal of Public Health Dentistry and Dental Traumatology. She is involved in teaching, clinical practice and research and maintains several research grants from HRSA, NIH and AHRQ.Lee is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards including the 2008 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Jerome Miller "For the Kids" Award. In 2010, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers from President Barack Obama.

Dr. Joseph McManus

McManusMcManus received his dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his certificate in pediatric dentistry from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition to his clinical training he has earned master degrees in Management, Health Administration, Business Administration and Higher Education.

He has enjoyed an eclectic career. He practiced pediatric dentistry for over 25 years. He served on the faculty of Columbia University College of Dental Medicine where he held positions as associate professor, associate dean and as the executive director of the faculty practices. Most recently he was the senior vice-president of the Division of Dental Practice/Professional Affairs at the American Dental Association. He has lectured at dental schools and national dental meetings on dental practice management issues. McManus now serves as an associate clinical professor of Dental Medicine at Columbia University and as a consultant for Henry Schein Professional Practice Transitions.

Dr. Paul Reggiardo

PaulReggiardoMugReggiardo is the interim chair of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Council on Dental Benefit Programs. He is a past president of the AAPD and of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry, where he now serves as the appointed Public Policy Advocate. He is a consultant to the Policy Development Council of the California Dental Association and a member of the CDA’s Access Taskforce and Workforce Research and Forecasting Work Group. He was previously Oral Health Consultant to Head Start Programs in the western states of Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada and currently represents the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry on the American Dental Association’s Standards on Dental Informatics and the ADA Editorial Panel for the Development and Maintenance of the Systematized Nomenclature of Dentistry. He holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor in Postdoctoral Pediatric Dental Residency Training at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and maintains a clinical pediatric dental practice in Huntington Beach, California.

Dr. Edward Rick

Dr__Edward_Rick_(002)Edward L. Rick, D.D.S., M.S. is a clinical professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He holds an active staff position at the Community General Hospital (CGH) Medical Center in Sterling, Illinois, where he has served as medical staff president and vice-chair of the Credentials Committee. Rick received his dental degree, certificate in pediatric dentistry, and master's degree in science from the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. He is currently a participant of the Leadership Institute of the AAPD and Healthy Smiles Healthy Children Foundation through the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Rick is chair of the AAPD Council on Clinical Affairs and a member of the Advisory Board of the AAPD Policy Center. As a member of the Steering Committee of Children’s Hospital of Illinois, he conducts dental services assessments for children with special health care needs in the Peoria Tri-County area. He is a past president and member of the board of directors of the Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists.

Rick was the 2012 recipient of the Manuel M. Album Award, presented annually to the individual or organization making the greatest contribution to the oral health of children with special needs. He has received the AAPD Certificate of Appreciation for its Head Start Dental Home Initiative He has received the AAPD Certificate of Appreciation for his participation in its Head Start Dental Home Initiative and the Thank You Award from the Peoria District Dental Society in recognition of significant service contributions to children and the field of dentistry. In addition, Rick was honored with the Outstanding Physician and House Staff Angel Award from the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

Policy Center Staff

Dr. Paul S. Casamassimo

Casamassimo is the director of the Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center. He received his dental degree from Georgetown University in 1974 and a Master of Science and Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Iowa in 1976. He has taught at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry (1976-78) and the University of Colorado School of Dentistry (1978-88). He is former editor-in-chief of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and its journal, Pediatric Dentistry, and also past president of AAPD. Casamassimo is past president of the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped and past editor of Journal of Dentistry for the Handicapped and Journal of Dentistry for Children.

He has authored over 300 publications including three books, 31 text chapters and seven monographs in the areas of pediatric dentistry, care of children with special health care needs, and dental education. His research interests include oral health of children with special health care needs, health services research, and oral health disparity. He has obtained grants and contracts from private and public sources totaling over $2 million dollars for research, prevention and care projects.

He is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the American Dental Education Association and is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor fraternity, a fellow in AAPD, and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He currently is a delegate to the Ohio Dental Association from the Columbus Dental Society where he served as President in 2008. He is currently Secretary of the Ohio Dental Association. Casamassimo is currently chair of the Review Committee for Pediatric Dentistry of the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Casamassimo has directed studies addressing early childhood caries and its management and represents the AAPD on projects related to infant oral health, maternal oral health, school health, and dental education. Casamassimo has received numerous professional, humanitarian and teaching awards in his career. He is board-certified in pediatric dentistry and practices at Nationwide Children's Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio, where he is a past-president of the medical staff.

Dr. Robin Wright

WrightMugWright was named assistant director of the AAPD Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center in January 2015. As the president of Wright Communications, Wright provided more than 500 seminars to dental, medical and other professional associations on communications and related practice management and public policy issues.  She has written over 60 publications and is the author of the 1997 book, "Tough Questions, Great Answers: Responding to Patient Questions about Today’s Dentistry." She holds a master’s degree in communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana and a doctorate in health care communication at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She has taught communication courses at five universities and two dental schools. Wright has worked extensively with the AAPD as an author and media consultant and wrote the Pediatric Dentistry supplement to the ADA’s Dental Marketing Planning Guide, the AAPD media packet Fast Facts and text for the AAPD patient education brochure series, in addition to training a growing cadre of media spokespersons on an annual basis. 

For additional information contact the Center's Assistant Director Robin Wright at POHRPC@aapd.org.