Ian   Coulter, Ph.D.
(310) 267-1196
UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Box 951668
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668
Office:  63-007A CHS


Ian Coulter, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Division of Public Health & Community Dentistry at the UCLA School of Dentistry.

Dr. Coulter is a medical sociologist who also holds a cross appointment with the RAND Corporation where he is a Senior Health Policy Researcher and holds the endowed RAND/Samueli Chair in Integrative Medicine. His interests in oral health include oral health of children and HIV and oral health.

Educational & Professional Background

  • B.A., University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1968
  • M.A., (Honors) University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1970,
  • Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, England, 1977
  • Diploma in Educational, Harvard University, 1988
  • Management Certificate in Health Policy Analysis, RAND/UCLA Center for Health Policy Study, 1991,

Research & Interests

Children’s Oral Health; HIV and Health; Health Insurance and Oral Health; Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Integrative Medicine.

Professional Memberships

  • International/American Association for Dental Research
  • International Sociological Association


  • 1985 - Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (LLD), Los Angeles College of Chiropractic
  • 1990 - Award of Merit, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
  • 1991 - Presidential Citation Award, National College of Chiropractic
  • 1991 - Outstanding Service to Chiropractic Education Award, Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • 1992 - Honorary Award for The Advancement of the Chiropractic Profession, Palmer College of Chiropractic West
  • 2011 - Lifetime Achievement Award, National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company
  • 2012 - Erskine Fellow, Health Sciences Center, University of Canterbury

Representative Publications

  • Coulter ID. Putting the practice into evidence-based dentistry. CDA Journal 2007;35(1):45-9.
  • Telford C, Murray L, Coulter ID. Exploring socioeconomic disparities in self-reported oral health among adolescents in California.  J Am Dent Assoc. 2011;142(1):70-8.
  • Coulter ID. Comparative Effectiveness Research:  Does the Emperor Have Clothes? Alternative Therapies Health Med 2011; 17(2):8-15.
  • Spolsky V.W., Marcus M, Der-Martirosian C, Coulter I.D., Maida C.A. Oral Health Status and the Epidemiologic Paradox Within Latino Immigrant Groups. BMC Oral Health 2012, 12:39
  • Coulter ID, Khorsan R, Crawford C, Hsiao A. Challenges of Systematic Reviewing of Integrative Health Care. Integrative Medicine Insights 2013;8:19-28.

Additional Information

Courses Taught:

Culture and Health, PFD300 Ethical Principles (CHAT-Community Health and Advocacy Training)