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The Speaker

Marita Rohr Inglehart Dipl. psych., Dr. phil., Dr. phil. habil.

Dr. Inglehart received her Dipl. psych. (MA equivalent) in psychology in 1975, her Dr. phil. degree (Ph.D. equivalent) in Psychology (Minor: Education) in 1978, and her Dr. phil. habil. degree in Psychology (Minor: Education) in 1983 at the University of Mannheim in Germany. She joined the faculty of the University of Michigan – School of Dentistry in 1991 and is now a tenured Professor of Dentistry in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Literature, Science and Arts (LS & A) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Her research interests focus (a) on educational research, and (b) on behavioral/clinical oral health-related research. Dr. Inglehart’s educational research explores how to best educate future patient-centered, culturally sensitive dentists and dental hygienists who are able and appreciate working in interdisciplinary teams. Her behavioral/clinical research focuses on gaining a better understanding of how to address oral health disparities, how to assess oral health-related quality of life in children and adults and how it is affected by poor oral health, and how to explore the role of behavioral factors for patients’ oral health and oral health care interactions. Dr. Inglehart published over 100 peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and authored/edited 3 books. She is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Dental Education. Dr. Inglehart has been an Honorary Member of the Dental Honors Society Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) since 2005 and is the recipient of the DENTSPLY/Harold Slavkin Oral Health Science Education Award from FNIDCR in 2009. Dr. Inglehart enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren in her free time.