Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D.

photo: VCU University Relations


Research and policy strengths help eliminate barriers to oral health for the most vulnerable

RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 7, 2017 – Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry Dean and Associate Vice President for Health Sciences, David C. Sarrett, D.M.D., M.S., has named Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D., interim chair of the Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach.

A member of the school’s faculty since 2003, Brickhouse is the Director of the Oral Health Services Research Core, part of the Philips Institute for Oral Health. She also leads the Oral Health in Childhood and Adolescence Core that is part of the university’s interdisciplinary iCubed initiative. This Core works to improve oral health in childhood and adolescence by identifying and eliminating barriers to the prevention and treatment of tooth decay in the Richmond area.

As interim Chair of the Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach, Brickhouse leads research, policy, and health provider training efforts to improve oral health outcomes, to improve equity in patient care, and to align the dental profession with U.S. health care advancements.

She earned her dental degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry and her pediatric dentistry specialty training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and completed a Dental Public Health residency at the North Carolina Oral Health Section in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Brickhouse specializes in research related to oral health disparities in vulnerable populations. Her most recent work examines the impact of Medicaid’s dental program reform on provider participation and behavior in addition to children’s utilization and cost. She has been awarded numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health and over $3.2 million dollars in Health Resources and Services Administration training grants which support the development of interprofessional and social behavioral curriculum for dental students and residents. Her research explores oral health disparities in vulnerable communities and bridging new partnerships to improve access to care.

Brickhouse applies a wealth of academic, clinical, research, and policy experience in pediatric dentistry and population oral health to her work at the VCU School of Dentistry. She also serves as children’s oral health policy expert at the community, state, and national levels.


About VCU and VCU Health

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 225 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Seventy-nine of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. The VCU Health brand represents the health sciences schools of VCU, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. For more, please visit www.vcu.edu and vcuhealth.org. For more about the VCU School of Dentistry, please visit www.dentistry.vcu.edu.



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Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, D.D.S., Ph.D.

photo: VCU University Relations


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VCU School of Dentistry

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