Francesco Chiappelli, Ph.D., M.A.
10833 Le Conte Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668
Phone: (310) 794-6625
Educational and Professional Background
- 1975 B.A., Neurobiology, Department of Biology, UCLA
- 1981 M.A., Research Methodology & Statistics, Graduate School of Education, UCLA
- 1986 Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Graduate School of Education, UCLA
- 1990 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Psychoneuroimmunology; Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA
- 1990 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Fundamental and Clinical Immunology (NIAID/NIH AI07126), Department of Microbiology & Immunology, UCLA
- 1990 Post-Graduate Coursework, Department of Psychology, California State University, Dominguez Hills
- 1991 Clinical Psychology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Dr. Chiappelli’s research has focused on mind-body interaction for the last 15 years. As a system biologist, he studies the pathways that regulate and modulate cellular immune surveillance. His fundamental hypothesis is that external factors, such as stress, pain, alcohol, nicotine or drugs of abuse, put a serious load on the T cells of the immune system, and prevent them from functioning well in the defense against infection and cancer. Specifically in the context of dentistry, he has examined the role of mind-body interactions in “stress-related” oral ulcers, including canker sores (recurrent aphthous stomatis) and oral lichen planus. He is presently writing a book entitled Stress in Dentistry, which should be published in 2005-2006.
In the last three years, Dr. Chiappelli has developed a second area of research that focuses on evidence-based research in dentistry. He conceptualizes this domain of research as consisting of two fundamental domains: one dedicated to developing, characterizing and establishing the tools and the modalities to perform evidence-based research optimally; the other dedicated to applying these tools in specific clinical domains of dentistry. He works closely with the Cochrane group to develop a consensus of the best available evidence for recurrent aphthous stomatis. He is finalizing a textbook on evidence-based research in dentistry and medicine to be published in 2004-2005.
Dr. Chiappelli teaches evidence-based dentistry to first and second year dental students. He also teaches biostatistics and research methodology graduate students.
Dr. Chiappelli participates in the teaching of human gross anatomy to first year dental students, and of human immunology to dental students and graduate students.
Professional Memberships and Activities
Dr. Chiappelli is an active member of IADR/AADR, the international society of psychoneuroimmunology research (PNIRS) and the international statistical institute (ISI).