Terry Batliner, DDS
A recent Institute of Medicine report suggests that the
explicit inclusion of training and educational opportunities for racial/ethnic
minorities in investigator-initiated research is essential to the elimination
of health disparities. Yet despite recognition of the need to increase the pool
of minority investigators, their representation among NIH-funded investigators
remains low. For example, in 1999 the NIH supported 35,000 grants; among the
PIs, only 9 were AI/AN. In 2002, these disparities remained, with AI/ANs as PIs
of 53 RO1s (0.1% of total), 4 NIH Training Awards (0.2%), and 10 NIH Career
Provide training and career development opportunities in the
culturally appropriate investigation of AI/AN oral health issues, and increase
the number of AI/AN investigators through intensive mentorship within the
CAIANH and other educational and networking activities.
- Establish and/or expand collaboration with
programs that currently offer training opportunities for health
professionals at various states of preparation;
- Enhance the capacity and commitment of these
programs for research to address oral health disparities; especially those
specific to AI/ANs;
- Increase the representation of AI/ANs among the
trainees in these CU instructional programs;
- Facilitate the support the transition of AI/AN
trainees through the career development pipeline; and
- Increase the number of AIAN investigators
capable of securing external sponsorship for oral health disparities research
in this special population.
The Training and Career Development program will work in
partnership with various levels of educational institutions (i.e., high school
schools, undergraduates, dental students, post-doctoral). We intend to maximize
opportunities for peer learning by ensuring that students at various stages in
their educational careers will have occasion to interact with students at other
Dr. Batliner heads the Training and Career Development
program for CNOHR. He often speaks to American Indian high school and middle school children in Colorado and other states. Through involvement in the Denver American Indian community, he identifies promising AI students interested in research.
Dr. Elaine Davis will be completing her
sabbatical at CNOHR. Elaine
has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a PhD in educational psychology. She is
a Full Professor in the Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences at the
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. She has taught in the areas of
statistics, behavioral sciences, professionalism and ethics. Her current
research focuses on dental student attitudes toward health care screening and
monitoring. From 1993 to 2013, she served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs
at the dental school. She is an active member of the American Dental Education
Association (ADEA), and currently serve on the administrative board of the ADEA
Council of Sections. She is also a member of the American Educational Research
Association, American Public Health Association, and American and International
Associations for Dental Research. She is an associate member of the American
Dental Association, and served four years on the ADA Council on Dental
Education and Licensure's Committee on Educational Measurements and Testing. She
is a statistical reviewer for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and an
occasional reviewer for the Journal of Dental Education.
Current and Past Students
In response to the NIH/NIDCR Announcement of “ARRA” Recovery
Act funds for “Administrative Supplements Providing Summer Research Experience
for Students and Science Educators,” an administrative supplement was submitted
and approved which funded the support of two summer dental students Amanda Campbell and Kendra Velasquez, at the
School of Dental Medicine (SDM) for 2009. Amanda Campbell is
a Native woman of Cherokee and Yup’ik (Alaska native) descent. She graduated
from Dental School in 2013.
Kendra Velasquez, a
female of Hispanic descent, grew up in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She graduated from Dental School in 2013.
In 2010, Joaquin Gallegos and Kimberly Lind joined CNOHR team as student workers. Joaquin is from the
Jicarilla Apache Nation and the Pueblo of Santa Ana. He graduated from Public
Health (BS) undergrad at the University of Colorado Denver. Kimberly Lind completed her
Masters of Public Health degree and is now a PhD student at University of
In 2012- 2013, Jessica Vergel De Dios a Master's students at the Regis University completed her internship at CNOHR.
In 2013 - 2014, Emily Jones and Danielle Cianciolo from Regis University completed their internship at CNOHR.
In 2014, Taavish Sharma, a second year student at Harvard Dental School completed a summer internship and a research project at CNOHR.