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

Center for Public Health Research


Marisol Tellez BDS, MPH, Ph.D
Associate Professor & Deputy Chair Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health Sciences 
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 & Deputy Chair Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health Sciences

Dr. Vinodh Bhoopathi, Assistant Professor  Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health Sciences


Department of Psychology, Temple University

Selected Publications

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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. 

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Tellez M, Lim S. Article Analysis and Evaluation. Noncavitated Active Caries Lesions at Occlusal Surfaces Presented Higher Risk of Progression than Inactive Ones. Children With a Higher Number of Active Lesions and With a Higher Caries Experience Presented a Higher Risk of Developing New Lesions. J Evid Based Dent Pract 2014;13(2):1-3.

Potter C, Kinner D, Tellez M, Ismail  AI, Heimberg R. Clinical implications of panic symptoms in dental phobia. J Anxiety Disord. 2014 Oct;28(7):724-30

Ismail AI, Lim S, Tellez M. Dental caries development among African-American children: Results from a 4-year longitudinal study. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2014 Dec 2. doi: 10.1111/cdoe.12140.

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.

Tellez M, Zini A, Estupinan Day S. Social Determinants and Oral Health: An update. Curr Oral Health Rep 2014;1:148-152.

Tellez M. Article Analysis and Evaluation. Cariogram validity in schoolchildren: a two-year follow-up study. J Evid Based Dent Pract 2013;13(2):58-9.

Tellez M, Kaur S. Caregiver's Satisfaction with Pediatric Care in a University Setting in North Philadelphia. J Dental Educ 2013;77(11):1513

Ismail AI, Tellez M et al. Caries Management Pathways CaMP’s Report. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 2013; 41; e12–e40

Kaur S, Tellez M. Variation in Caries Risk Profiles among Children 0-12 Years Old in Selected Zip Codes in North Philadelphia. J of Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Epidemiology 2013; 1 (1):9-16.

Gordon D, Heimberg R, Tellez M, Ismail  AI. A Critical Review of Approaches to the Treatment of Dental Anxiety in Adults. J of Anxiety Disorders 2013; 27:365-378.

Estupiñán-Day S, Tellez M, Kaur S, Milner T, Solari A. Managing dental caries with atraumatic restorative treatment in children: successful experience in three Latin American countries. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2013;33(4):237–43.

Gomez J, Tellez M, Pretty I, Ellwood R, Ismail AI. Detection Methods of Non-Cavitated Carious Lesions: A systematic review. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 2013; 41; 55–66

Tellez M, Gomez J, Pretty I, Ellwood R, Ismail AI. Evidence on Existing Caries Risk Assessment Systems: Are they Predictive of Future Caries? Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 2012 doi: 10.1111/cdoe.12003: 1-12