Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center Research Fellows

Goal and Purpose: To develop a cadre of investigators in pediatric oral health research who will create and conduct research in collaboration with the POHRPC. I Individuals should be qualified serve as principal investigators in POHRPC projects and will be identified as Fellows of the POHRPC.

POHRPC Research Fellows:

  • Constitute a queue of researchers prepared to respond to research opportunities presented by/to the POHRPC
  • Assist POHRPC in monitoring the quality of current research activities
  • Identify funding and research opportunities that are consistent with POHRPC goals
  • Advise the POHRPC as requested by the steering committee and AAPD leadership

POHRPC Research Fellows


POHRPC Research Fellows

Dr. Tegwyn H. Brickhouse

Dr. Tegwyn Brickhouse is Director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s iCubed transdisciplinary Oral Health Core and the School of Dentistry’s Oral Health Services Research Core. In addition, she is Interim Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach at the VCU School of Dentistry. She has served VCU as a faculty member since 2003.

Brickhouse earned her dental degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry and received her pediatric dentistry specialty training 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 and completed a Dental Public Health residency at the North Carolina Oral Health Section in Raleigh, NC.

Dr. Brickhouse brings a wealth of academic, clinical, research, and policy experience in pediatric dentistry and population oral health to the School of Dentistry. Her work has included numerous federal grants from both the National Institutes of Health and the Health Services Resource Administration. She also serves as children’s oral health policy expert at community, state and national levels.

Dr. Natalia Chalmers

Chalmers earned her dental degree from The Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University of Sofia. She received her Ph.D. from University of Maryland School of Dentistry in a Graduate Partnership Program with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH. She received her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry University of Maryland School of Dentistry and is a board-certified pediatric dentist. She was also a recipient of an NIDCR T32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Forsyth Institute, Boston, Massachusetts. Chalmers currently is clinical research fellow at NIDCR Dental Clinic in the NIH Clinical Research Center, where she provides services for pediatric patients enrolled in numerous research protocols.

Chalmers serves as an expert consultant for the Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Her research interests are evidence-based pediatric dentistry and the role of the oral microbiome in disease development and progression. In her leadership positions, Chalmers is the clinical co-chair of the NIH Fellows Committee, serving as an officer for the IADR Women in Science group. 

Chalmers has been invited to present at national and international meetings and has co-authored publications in highly regarded journals, including the Journal of Dental Research, Pediatric Dentistry, Journal of Bacteriology and the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. In 2014 Chalmers, together with Drs. James Coll and Alison Campbell, was a recipient of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Paul P. Taylor Award, given to the most prestigious journal article in Pediatric Dentistry from the previous year. 

Dr. Donald Chi

Donald Chi is an Associate Professor of Oral Health Sciences at the University of Washington. He is board-certified in pediatric dentistry and dental public health. He completed an AB degree in government (Cornell, 2000), a D.D.S. degree (Washington, 2006), residencies in pediatric dentistry and dental public health (Iowa, 2009), and a Ph.D. in health services research (Iowa, 2009).

Chi’s research focuses on understanding and addressing children’s oral health inequalities. He is the first dentist to be named a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar, which funds his research on how neighborhoods influence teen dental outcomes. He was appointed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry and is a Board Member of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), and is Chair of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Council on Scientific Affairs.

He received the 2016 Jerome Miller "For the Kids" Award from the AAPD, the 2017 Distinguished Scientist Award from IADR, and was named Pediatric Dentist of the Year in 2018. He spent the 2016-2017 academic year as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Chi teaches public health and devotes his extramural clinical practice to treating children in Alaska Native communities.

Dr. Jessica Y. Lee

Dr. Lee is the Demeritt Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of North Carolina. She is also a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr Lee received her MPH and DDS degrees from Columbia University and her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and PhD 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. 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 authored over a 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts. She is involved in teaching, clinical practice and research. Her primary research interests are in infant oral health, access to dental care for young children, health literacy and health disparities. Dr 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. In 2011, Dr. Lee was named the ‘Pediatric Dentist of the Year" by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Amr M. Moursi

Dr. Amr M. Moursi is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the New York University College of Dentistry and an Attending Dentist at the New York University Langone Medical Center and the Bellevue Hospital Center in New York. Dr. Moursi completed his DDS degree at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, a pediatric dentistry residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, then a PhD in Craniofacial Biology from the University of California at San Francisco. He also maintains a private practice in New York City.

For the AAPD, Dr. Moursi currently serves as a Fellow of the Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Dentistry for Children. He is also the Liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics, and serves as a National Spokesperson. He was also formerly the Academic Trustee on the Board of Trustees and served as the Chair of the AAPD Global Interactions Task Force. In his other service activities, Dr. Moursi serves as an Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and as a consultant to both the New York State and New York City Departments of Health. He is a former member of the Examination Committee of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He also served as a Consultant and Pediatric Dentistry Review Committee member for the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Dr. Moursi’s research focuses on early childhood oral health. He is the author or co-author of over 100 published articles, book chapters and policy briefs. He is also Editor of the textbook "Clinical Cases in Pediatric Dentistry" (Wiley-Blackwell). Dr. Moursi and his department have been featured on such national programs as NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN Headline News and Inside Edition. He is the host of a monthly show on SiriusXM satellite radio.

Dr. Arthur J. Nowak

Nowak is professor emeritus of pediatric dentistry and pediatrics in the Colleges of Dentistry and Medicine at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He received his BA from Washington and Jefferson College (1957), DMD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine (1961), a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Columbia University, School of Dental and Oral Surgery (1966), and an MA in Special Education from Columbia University Teachers College (1967). Nowak is a retired Captain in the United Sates Navy Dental Corps, having entered the Corps in 1960 and retired in 1997.

Nowak has served as executive director and president, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry; member of the board of trustees and President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; the Executive Council of the American Society of Dentistry for Children; as president of the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped; and president of the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped.

He has over 150 articles and chapters in professional and lay publications on preventive oral health care, oral health care for infants and young children and children with special health care needs. He is editor of the text, Dentistry for the Handicapped Patient,(CV Mosby Company); the senior editor of the text, Pediatric Dentistry: Infancy Through Adolescence, 65th ed (Elsevier/Saunders Company); Reviewer Practical Reviews in Pediatric Dentistry(Oakstone Medical Publishing); and co-editor The Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry5th ed(American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry).

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Johnson County and the Superintendents Advisory Committee for School Health, Iowa City Community School District. He is a volunteer pediatric dentist at the Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic. He has been a member of the City Council, University Heights, Iowa; and treasurer of Slow Food Iowa City. In addition, he is a consultant to a number of manufacturers of oral health products and infant and toddler products.

Dr. Anupama Rao Tate

Anupama Rao Tate, is an associate professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She is a faculty member in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry in the Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health at Children’s National Medical Center. She serves as the director of Advocacy and Research. She also is co-director of the District of Columbia Pediatric Oral Health Coalition. She currently serves as Parliamentarian for the Board of Directors to the AAPD. She currently chairs the Grant Sub-Committee of the Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Foundation of the AAPD. She also chairs the Evidence-Based Dentistry Committee and the Consumer Review Committee of the AAPD. She is the Public Policy Advocate for District of Columbia for the AAPD as well. She chairs the Qualifying Examination Committee for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and serves as a member of the Section on Oral Health to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

She received her DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Children’s National Medical Center. She is a board-certified pediatric dentist and an active member of the medical staff at Children’s National. She is involved in teaching, clinical practice, research and holds grants in community advocacy.

Dr. Paul Reggiardo

Dr. Reggiardo chairs the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Council on Dental Benefit Programs and is a member of the Patient Safety Committee. 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 the current dentist representative to the California State Medicaid Program Children’s Health Advisory Panel and sits on the Dental Benefits and Economics Task Force of the California Dental Association. He was previously Oral Health Consultant to Head Start and Early 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, the ADA Editorial Panel for the Development and Maintenance of the Systematized Nomenclature of Dentistry, and the ADA CDT Code Maintenance Committee.

He holds a faculty appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentistry in Postdoctoral Pediatric Dental Residency Training at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California and maintains a clinical pediatric dental practice in Huntington Beach, California.