Marita R. Inglehart

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Periodontics and Oral Medicine
Short bio: 

Education: 1972 - Vordiplom (BA equivalent), Psychology (Minor: Education), University of Mannheim, West Germany; 1975 - Dipl. psych. (MA equivalent), Psychology, University of Mannheim, West Germany; 1978 - Dr. phil., Psychology (Minor: Education), University of Mannheim, West Germany; 1983 - Dr. phil. habil. (venia legendi: Psychology) (Minor: Education), University of Mannheim, West Germany


Research summary: 

Research interests are related to exploring how oral health disparities could be reduced. Efforts focus on (a) educational research and (b) behavioral/clinical research related to oral health disparities. The educational research addresses the question how dental and dental hygiene education can be used to create truly patient centered and culturally sensitive future practitioners who enjoy working in interdisciplinary teams and have a clear sense of civic responsibility. The behavioral/clinical research focuses on understanding the role of motivational communication as a tool to strengthen prevention efforts and on explaining how oral health affects the quality of life of underserved patients.

Recent publications: 

Inglehart MR, Migliore N, Gutta A, Briskie D. Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Parents and Oral Health-Related Information Seeking Behavior – An Exploration. Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry, in press.

Inglehart MR, Schneider BK, Bauer P, Dharia MM, McDonald NJ. Providing Care for Underserved Patients: Endodontic Residents’, Faculty Members’ and Endodontists’ Educational Experiences and Professional Attitudes and Behavior. J Dent Educ, in press.

Petrova EG, Hyman M, Estrella MR, Inglehart MR. Pediatric Patients with Special Health Care Needs – Parents’ Perceptions of the Patients’ Level of Functioning and Oral Health. Ped Dent, in press.