Lisa Chung, DDS, MPH


Originally from Seattle, Washington, Lisa Chung (DDS, MPH) studied dentistry at UCSF and went on to obtain a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley. During her dental public health residency at UCSF, Lisa focused her research interests on the oral health of pregnant women and children, which developed into the Centering Pregnancy Oral Health Promotion study (CPOP).

Her interest in these issues was sparked by the need for dental care among expectant mothers and the apparent lack of dental care received during pregnancy. Working with nurse psychologist Sally Adams (RN, PhD), Lisa helped to develop and implement a curriculum aimed at improving the oral health of pregnant women and their children.

She is now building on this work as principal investigator (PI) of a follow-up study called CPOP Extension, which assesses the salivary bacteria in babies aged six to twelve months of those mothers enrolled in the original CPOP study. The purpose of CPOP and CPOP Extension is to investigate the feasibility and effectiveness of integrating oral health promotion within prenatal care.

As an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences at UCSF’s School of Dentistry (SOD), Lisa also teaches classes in community dentistry, scientific methods, and introductory clinical courses and mentors students engaged in various projects and fellowships.

Her commitment to public health has led Lisa to participate in several additional initiatives aimed at improving the health and well-being of communities in San Francisco and the East Bay. Specifically, she is a member of the steering committee for the oral health partnership working group of the San Francisco Health Improvement Partnerships (SFHIP) program. She is also part of UCSF’s University Community Partnership (UCP) Council. As a grantee of UCP'S Service Learning Grant Program, Lisa created a service learning course that sends dental students to preschools attended by low-income children in order to provide oral health screenings and services. Finally, as PI of a pilot study testing the effectiveness and feasibility of implementing Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) in school settings, Lisa is helping to promote the oral health of adolescents and their families at five Oakland middle schools through the Elev8 program.

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