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Violence and Abuse: Integrating Identification and Treatment into Dental Curricula


Violence and abuse is a global public health epidemic that can have a significant impact on an individual’s health throughout a person’s lifetime. The physical effects can include chronic facial pain, headaches and cardiovascular disease, among others. In terms of mental health, many victims of violence or abuse suffer from PTSD, depression, anxiety and/or substance abuse. As dental providers shift to a more person-centered approach, it is important to understand the enduring impact that violence and abuse can have on individuals.

Join us in this follow-up webinar to explore a non-invasive method for characterizing risk predictors of stress and their impact on oral and overall health. Leslie Halpern, D.D.S., M.P.H., will discuss methods of integrating violence and abuse related education into dental curricula to help tomorrow’s providers better identify victims.

Note: This is the second in a two-part webinar series. A recording of the previous webinar is available now for on-demand viewing.

Learning Objectives

  • Review the impact of violence/abuse and the role dental providers play in identifying victims with related diagnostic tools.
  • Utilize a non-invasive method for characterizing risk predictors of stress and their impact on oral and overall health.
  • Explore opportunities to integrate violence and abuse related education and diagnostic tools into dental curricula. 

CE Information

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the live webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by Oct. 30, 2021. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.


  • Leslie Halpern, D.D.S., M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., FACS

    Dr. Leslie Halpern received her Ph.D. in neuroendocrinology from the City University of New York, a D.D.S. from the New York University College of Dentistry and an M.D. in oral maxillofacial surgery from the New York Medical College. She has done several fellowships in basic and applied research and obtained an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Halpern is a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She has received grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center of Health Policy and the Harvard University Center of Excellence in Women’s Health to focus on the identification of victims of intimate partner violence using salivary biomarkers as risk predictors in the prognosis of health disparities in female victims exposed to violence and abuse. She currently serves as Professor and Section Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Utah School of Dentistry and is co-director of the Office of Women in Health, Science and Medicine (WIHMS) at the University of Utah Medical Campus.

October 30, 2018
Tue 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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