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

Brickhouse 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. 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 and Asian studies (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 oral health 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).

He received the 2014 Nemours Child Health Services Research Award from Academy Health, the 2016 Jerome Miller "For the Kids" Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the 2017 Distinguished Scientist Young Investigator Award from IADR. Chi teaches public health, and devotes his extramural clinical practice to treating children in Alaska Native communities. He spent the 2016-2017 academic year as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

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. 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 D.D.S. degree at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, a pediatric dentistry residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh then a Ph.D. in Craniofacial Biology from the University of California at San Francisco. He is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and, a Fellow of both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the International College of Dentists.

For the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Moursi currently serves as the Academic Trustee on the Board of Trustees. He also 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. In his other service activities Dr. Moursi serves as an Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.  

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). In addition, Dr. Moursi has led teams of dentists and students to provide pediatric dental training, education and care to underserved areas around the world including Tanzania, Nicaragua, Alaska, northern Maine and upstate New York. He also maintains a private practice in New York City.

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 and affiliate professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Washington, Seattle. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

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 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). 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); an editor of the text, Pediatric Dentistry: Infancy Through Adolescence, 5th ed (Elsevier/Saunders Company); editor of Practical Reviews in Pediatric Dentistry(Oakstone Medical Publishing); and co-editor The Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry, 4th ed(American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry).

Nowak is a retired Captain in the United Sates Navy Dental Corps, having entered the Corps in 1960 and retired in 1997.

He has served as a consultant to the Office Maternal and Child Health (MCHB, DHHS); National Training Institute for Child Care Health Consultants; member of the Presidents Commission on Mental Retardation; Child Health Supervision Panel (FDA); Commission on Dental Accreditation (ADA); National Easter Seal Society; the National Foundation of Ectodermal Dysplasia and the Advisory Board, National Health Care Transition Center (MCHB). In addition he is a consultant to a number of manufacturers of oral health products and infant and toddler products.

He has been a member of the City Council, University Heights, Iowa; and is treasurer of Slow Food Iowa City.

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 on the Grant Sub-Committee and the Marketing Task Force Committee of the Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Foundation of the AAPD. She also serves on the Evidence-Based Dentistry Committee, Council of Clinical Affairs, and the Consumer Review Committee of the AAPD. She is the Public Policy Advocate for District of Columbia for the AAPD as well. She is on the Examination Committee for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and serves as a director to the Board of the College of Diplomats of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

She received her D.M.D. from Harvard School of Dental Medicine and her M.P.H. 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.