Preventative studies are the priority of the Center for Public Health Research.

Center for Public Health Research



Marisol Tellez BDS, MPH, Ph.D
Chair Department of Oral Health Sciences & Residency Director Dental Public Health
Associate Professor Department of Public Health, College of Health Professions and Social Work
Phone: 215-707-1773

Research Focus

The focus of the activities in this center is the study of preventive dentistry research and behavioral aspects of oral diseases.


Dr. Amid I. Ismail, Dean

Dr. Marisol Tellez, Associate Professor and Chair Department of Oral Health Sciences

Dr. Vinodh Bhoopathi, Assistant Professor Department of Oral Health Sciences


Department of Psychology, Temple University

Selected Publications

1- Al-Hebshi NN, Baraniya D, Chen T, Hill J, Puri S, Tellez M, Hasan NA, Colwell RR, Ismail A. Metagenome sequencing-based strain-level and functional characterization of supragingival microbiome associated with dental caries in children.J Oral Microbiol. 2018 Dec 28;11(1):1557986. doi: 10.1080/20002297.2018.1557986. eCollection 2019.PMID: 30671194 

2- Lim S, Alqahtani S, Tellez M, Ismail AI. An innovative individual-level caries severity and progression indicator among children. J Public Health Dent. 2020 Jun;80(2):168-174. doi: 10.1111/jphd.12367. Epub 2020 Apr 14.

3- Tellez M, Myers Virtue S, Neckritz S, Lim S, Bhoopathi V, Hernandez M, Shearer B, Ismail A. Randomised clinical trial of a motivational interviewing intervention to improve oral health education amongst older adults in Philadelphia: 12-month evaluation of non-clinical outcomes.Gerodontology. 2020 Jul 8. doi: 10.1111/ger.12488. Online ahead of print.PMID: 32643211

4- Tellez M, Myers Virtue S, Neckritz S, Bhoopathi V, Hernández M, Shearer B. Motivational interviewing and oral health education: Experiences from a sample of elderly individuals in North and Northeast Philadelphia.Spec Care Dentist. 2019 Mar;39(2):201-207. doi: 10.1111/scd.12366. Epub 2019 Feb 14.PMID: 30761581

5- Lim S, Tellez M, Ismail AI. Estimating a Dynamic Effect of Soda Intake on Pediatric Dental Caries Using Targeted Maximum Likelihood Estimation Method.Caries Res. 2019;53(5):532-540. doi: 10.1159/000497359. Epub 2019 Mar 19.PMID: 30889593

6- Bhoopathi V, Vishnevetsky A, Mirman J. Pediatric dentists who accept new Medicaid-enrolled children report higher willingness to advocate for community water Fluoridation.BMC Oral Health. 2019 Jun 14;19(1):115. doi: 10.1186/s12903-019-0812-7.

7- Bhoopathi V, Luo H, Moss M, Bhagavatula P. Unmet Dental Care Need and Associated Barriers by Race/Ethnicity among US Adults.JDR Clin Trans Res. 2020 May 21:2380084420923576. doi: 10.1177/2380084420923576. Online ahead of print.PMID: 32437630

8- Vishnevetsky A, Mirman, J, Bhoopathi VEffect of Advocacy Training During Dental Education on Pediatric Dentists' Interest in Advocating for Community Water Fluoridation. J Dental Educ, 2018, 18 (2): 54-60.

9- Ismail AI, Tellez M, Pitts N. A Commentary on Caries Detection, Validity, Reliability and Outcomes of Care. Caries Res. 2018 Mar 5;52(5):392-396.

10- Myers Virtue S, Waldron EM, Darabos K, DeAngelis C, Moore DA, Fornatora M, Tellez M.  Dental students’ attitudes toward tobacco cessation in the dental setting: A review. J Dent Educ 2017;81(5): 500-516.

11- Myers Virtue, S., Pendergast, L.L., Waldron, E.M., Tellez, M., & Ismail, A.I.  Identifying non-cognitive skills that contribute to predoctoral dental student success: Dental faculty perspectives. J Dent Educ 2017; 81(3):300-309. 

12- Volgenant CMC, Zaura E, Brandt BW, Buijs MJ, Tellez M, Malik G, Ismail AI, ten Cate JM, Van der Veen MH. Red fluorescence of dental plaque in children – a cross-sectional study. J Dent. 2017 Mar;58:40-47. doi: 10.1016/j.jdent.2017.01.007. Epub 2017 Jan 20.

13- Bhoopathi V, Tellez M, Lim S. Limited Quality Evidence Suggests that Caries Experience at Age 6 May Predict Low Oral Health Related Quality of Life at 10 years. J Evid Base Dent Pract 2017; 17 (2): 119-121.

14- Bhoopathi V, Zhao H, Myers S. Smoking Status, Dental visits and Receipt of Tobacco Counseling in Dental office among Mobile and Trailer Home Adolescents. BMC Oral Health 2016; 16(1):121.

15- Joshi A, Ocanto R, Jacobs R, Bhoopathi V. Florida child care center directors' intention to implement oral health promotion practices in licensed child care centers. BMC Oral Health 2016, 16(1):100

16- Bhoopathi V. Florida Department of Health, Public Health Dental Program. (2016). Florida’s Burden of Oral Disease Surveillance Report Version 1.1. Available at

17- Potter C, Kinner DG, Jensen D, Kaplan S, Waldron L, Tellez M, Myers-Virtue S,  Heimberg R. G, Ismail, A. I Understanding and Treating Dental Anxiety: Dentists and Psychologists Join Forces at Temple University. Clinical Psychologist 2016 69(2):6-17

18- Tellez M, Wolff M. The Public Health Reach of High Fluoride Vehicles: Examples of Innovative Approaches. Caries Research 2016;50(S1):61-7

19- Potter C, Kinner D, Tellez M, Ismail  AI, Heimberg R. Single-Session Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Dental Anxiety: A Case Series. Clinical Case Studies 2016;15(1):3-17.

20- Tellez M, Bhoopathi V, Lim S. Baseline caries risk assessment using CAMBRA may predict caries only in high and extreme caries risk groups. J Evid Based Dent Pract 2015 Dec;15(4):197-9

21- Torres LHN, Tellez M, Hilgert JB, Hugo FN, Sousa, MLR, Ismail AI. Frailty, Frailty Components and Oral Health: A Systematic Review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Dec;63(12):2555-2562

22- Ismail AI, Lim S, Tellez M. Tooth surface-level caries progression in the primary dentition among preschool children. Caries Res 2015;49:442-448.

23- Tellez M, Potter C, Kinner DG, Jensen D, Waldron L, Myers V S, Heimberg R. G, Ismail, A. I. A Computer Administered Tool to Manage Dental Anxiety: A Randomized Clinical Trial. J Dent Res. 2015 Sep;94(9 Suppl):174S-80S.

24- Ismail AI, Pitts N, Tellez M. The International Caries Classification and Management System (ICCMS™) An Example of a Caries Management Pathway. BMC Oral Health 2015, 15(Suppl 1):S9 doi:10.1186/1472-6831-15-S1-S9

25- Tellez M, Kinner D, Heimberg R, Lim S, Ismail AI. Prevalence and Correlates of Dental Anxiety in Patients Seeking Dental Care. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2015 Apr;43(2):135-42. doi: 10.1111/cdoe.12132. Epub 2014 Oct 24.

26- Bhoopathi V. Establishing a Speaker’s Bureau to Teach Dental Public Health Curriculum in Predoctoral Dental and Dental Hygiene Programs. J Public Health Dent 2015, 75 Suppl 1:S33-S38.

27- Bhoopathi V, Atchison KA. Pilot Testing a Predoctoral Dental Public Health Curriculum: Reporting Process and Outcomes. J Public Health Dent 2015, 75 Suppl 1:S25-S32.

28- Atchison KA, Mascarenhas AK, Bhoopathi V. Developing a flexible core Dental Public Health curriculum for predoctoral dental and dental hygiene schools. J Public Health Dent 2015, 75 Suppl 1:S12-S24.


Active Grants

1. Role: Co-PI (Tellez, M). Title: 1U01DE027328 Efficacy of an Internet-based Intervention for Dental Anxiety. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research NIDCR. August 2018-July 2023

2. Role: Co-PI (Tellez M, Bhoopathi V). Title: Temple Kornberg School of Dentistry Community Based Dental Services for at risk children less than 5 years of age in North Philadelphia. Jessie Ball DuPont Fund. March 2018-Dec 2021.

3. Role: PI (Bhoopathi V). Title: Patient Care, Population Health and Community Based Training” (PPCT) Project for Dental Students. US DHHS/HRSA. July 2017-June 2022.

4. Role: Co-PI (Tellez M, Bhoopathi V). Title: Integrated Health Care Model for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing. Jessie Ball DuPont Fund. August 2020-Aug 2021.