Kathryn A. Atchison, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Phone: (310) 794-0212
UCLA School of Dentistry
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1405
Kathryn Atchison is a Professor in the Division of Public Health and Community Dentistry in the UCLA School of Dentistry and in the Department of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health. She received her D.D.S. at Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1978 and her M.P.H. at Boston University School of Public Health in 1982. Dr. Atchison was selected among a nationwide competition to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Dental Health Services Research Fellowship at UCLA (1984-86) and joined UCLA's faculty in 1987. She was chosen by the MultiCampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology to participate in the Bureau of Health Professions Mid-Career Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and Dentistry (1991). 2003 Dr. Atchison was a Department of Health and Human Services, Primary Health Care Policy Fellow.
Dr. Atchison has had substantial experience conducting and leading collaborative multidisciplinary research. Her current NIDCR-funded research with the University of Maryland College Park is to examine the association of Health Literacy and Oral Health. She has published extensively on outcomes assessment and quality of care issues, such as perceptions of oral health and development and evaluation of psychosocial outcome measures. Dr. Atchison serves as UCLA's Vice Provost for New Collaborative Initiatives. Her past administrative experience includes serving as Vice Provost for Intellectual Property and Industry Relations and as the School of Dentistry’s Associate Dean for Research & Knowledge Management. Dr. Atchison chaired the fourth year dental course clinical Applications of Quality Assurance and taught in the Research Ethics course for Health Services.
Educational and Professional Background
1978 D.D.S., Marquette University Dental School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1982 M.P.H., Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
1984 - 1986 Robert Wood Johnson Dental Health Services Research Scholars Program, UCLA
1984 - 1987 Master of Arts Program (resigned February 1987 with 40 credits), Research Methods and Evaluation, UCLA School of Education
1991 - 1992 Mid-Career Faculty Training in Geriatric Medicine and Dentistry, Multicampus Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, UCLA
2000 – 2001 Dental Public Health Residency Program, UCSF
Dr. Atchison has had substantial experience conducting and leading collaborative multidisciplinary, community-based research. She served as a principal investigator (PI or Co-PI) of a HRSA-funded evaluation of the impact of federal support on postgraduate general dental training; an RO1 of an NIH study of dental predictors of osteoporosis, an RO1 to study patient preferences for treatment of mandibular fracture; and an RO1 for an AHCPR four-year study to measure the efficacy and effectiveness of the FDA Guidelines for ordering dental radiographs. She served as program coordinator for an NIDCR-supported study to examine the physical, psychosocial and economic impact of orofacial injury. This five-year, multidisciplinary study involving the UCLA Schools of Dentistry, Medicine and Public Policy and Social Research, as well as Drew University School of Medicine and Science, was funded through the UCLA/Drew Minority Oral Health Research Center. She has published extensively on outcomes assessment and quality of care issues, such as perceptions of oral health and development and evaluation of psychosocial outcome measures, for which she developed the Geriatric/General Oral Health Assessment Index, a much-sought-after measure of determining patient-assessed oral health status.
• 1998 – 2004, Editorial Board; Journal of the American College of Dentistry
• 2003, Department of Health and Human Services, Primary Health Care Policy Fellow, nominated by and representing American Association of Public Health Dentistry
• 2004-2005, The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women
• 2008 International Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Award for Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research
• 2007-Present, Board Member, Zheijiang California Nanosystems Institute
Dent19 Fiat Lux: Intellectual Property (course chair)
Professional Memberships and Activities
- American Association of Public Health Dentistry: president 2006-2007
- International Association of Dental Research/American Association of Dental Research
- Constitution Committee, chair, 2002-2004
- BSHSR, president 1998-1999
- Coordinating author for Determinants of Health Chapter for Surgeon General's Report on Oral Health, 1997-2000
- Association of University Technology Managers