Assistant Professor Division Director of Dental Public Health firstname.lastname@example.org 252-737-7027 4257 Ledyard E. Ross Hall
Clinical InterestsOral health disparities, oral health related quality of life, increasing access to oral health care, increasing diversity of the oral health workforce, program development, and integrating public health training and research into dental education
Board CertificationDiplomate, American Board of Dental Public Health
EducationDDS - University of MarylandMSD - Boston UniversityMS - D’Youville CollegeCertificate of Advanced Graduate Study Dental Public Health - Boston UniversityCertificate of Clinical Investigation - Tufts University
Society MembershipsAmerican Association of Public Health DentistryInternational and American Association of Dental ResearchNational Dental AssociationAmerican Public Health AssociationAmerican Dental Education AssociationAmerican Association of Women Dentists
Biographical InformationDr. Wright is the division director of Dental Public Health at the ECU School of Dental Medicine. She earned her doctor of dental surgery degree from University of Maryland, a master of science in health services administration from D’Youville College, a master of science in dentistry, dental public health and a certificate of advanced graduate study in dental public health from Boston University and a certificate of clinical investigation from Tufts University.
Previously, Dr. Wright served as a faculty member in the Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine and then at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine as head of the Division of Public Health Education, Advocacy and Outreach. Most recently, she received funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration to develop a combined DMD/MPH program at Tufts University and served as program director from 2011-2015. She also held joint appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine and Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.
Dr. Wright has extensive experience and commitment to evidence-based teaching and curriculum development- having responsibility for the curriculum in the area of dental public health for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students and serving as course director for a number of public health related courses at both Boston University and Tufts University.
Publications1. Wright WG. Knowledge gaps exist among dentists regarding curing lights and personal protection (A review). J Evid Based Dental Pract. 2017 Sept; 17 (3); 296-297.
2. Wright WG, Spiro A III, Jones JA, Rich SE, Garcia RI. Development of the Teen Oral Health Related Quality of Life Instrument. J Public Health Dent 2017 Spring; 77(2): 115-124.
3. Alkahtani Z, Stark PC, Loo C, Wright WG, Morgan JP. Saudi and U.S. dental students’ attitudes towards treating individuals with developmental disabilities. J Dent Educ 2014 Aug; 78(8):1145-53.