Caregiver Illness Perception + Child's Early Childhood Caries Status

Sponsors: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research 

Project Period: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2016


This fellowship research study will assess the illness perception of parent/caregivers of children with severe tooth decay compared to children without tooth decay. This research will build on limited work in this area of understanding the perception of parent/caregivers towards their child’s tooth decay. The findings will be useful to identify factors that contribute to poor perception regarding childhood tooth decay.

Project Team

Mary Beth Slusar, PhD – Department of Community Dentistry

Suchitra Nelson, PhD (Co-Sponsor) – Department of Community Dentistry

Peter Milgrom, DDS (Co-Sponsor) – Department of Community Dentistry

James Spilsbury, PhD, MPH (Mentoring Team) – Center for Clinical Investigation

Jeffrey Albert, PhD (Mentoring Team) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics