Behavioral Sciences and Community Health

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Division Overview

The mission of the Division is to contribute to improvements in oral and general health through the development, dissemination and application of knowledge in the socio-behavioral, clinical and public health sciences.

The Division achieves its goals through research, education and patient care activities. Its research examines various aspects of the relationships among behavioral characteristics, health status and the use of health services. Patient care activities focus on the management of chronic pain.

Among its educational responsibilities, the Division provides predoctoral courses in the basic medical and dental clinical sciences and is the academic home to a community-based mentoring program that exposes students to private dental practices. The Division also offers a course in biostatistics to residents and cooperates with other University departments in providing doctoral training for dentists interested in academic careers.

women undergoes dental proceedure

A patient holds a child on her lap while receiving treatment from second-year dental student Brendan Dolan at the 2012 Connecticut Misson of Mercy on on March 26, 2012. (Photo by Xing Zhu)


Robert H. Aseltine Jr., Ph.D.
Division Chair and Professor

Mark D. Litt, Ph.D.
Julie A. Wagner, Ph.D.

Professors Emeritus
Sydney H. Croog, Ph.D.
Susan T. Reisine Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Emeritus
Edward A. Thibodeau, D.M.D., Ph.D.


Contact Information

Erika Egan
Administrative Program Coordinator
Phone: 860-679-3218
Fax: 860-679-1342
Email: Erika EganĀ