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Donna Silverstein

Donna Kritz-Silverstein, PhD

Research Publication: PubMed

Biograpical Sketch: Dr. Donna Kritz-Silverstein graduated from Brooklyn College with a BS (Summa Cum Laude) in psychology, and from New York University with a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and a minor in Quantitative Analysis (Statistics). While a third year doctoral student, she began doing epidemiological research at Downstate Medical Center and has continued in this field ever since. Upon moving to California in 1986, Dr. Kritz-Silverstein began working for the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine where she is currently a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. Author of over 135 publications, her research focuses on women’s health and chronic disease epidemiology including heart disease and its risk factors, diabetes, cognitive function and osteoporosis, as well as the association of psychosocial variables with health and longevity. Within dentistry, her publications include work on TMJ disorder, dental student stress, the association of oral and physical health, and topics within public health dentistry. Dr. Kritz-Silverstein has written grants and conducted studies utilizing every type of study design (clinical trials, cross-sectional studies, longitudinal studies, retrospective studies, case control studies), and has been Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous NIH and industry sponsored grants including those related to the Rancho Bernardo Study, one of the longest running observational cohort studies of health and longevity. At UCSD, Dr. Kritz-Silverstein teaches classes in research design to medical students, courses in data analysis and scientific writing for doctoral students in public health and epidemiology and mentors them in their research. From 2005-19, she taught statistics and mentored research of pediatric dental residents, first for a hospital-based program and more recently for UCLA and Lutheran (now NYU-Langone) programs. Dr. Kritz-Silverstein is passionate about improving access to care and volunteers her time as Assistant Director for UCSD Student-Run Free Dental Clinic Project and Advisor for the UCSD Pre-Dental Society. In addition to advising, she writes grants (HRSA, private foundations) to obtain supplies and equipment for the clinics.