Deborah Polk Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Dental Public Health, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Deborah Polk is a health psychologist who obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Community Psychology at Indiana University. After completing a clinical internship at the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis consortium, she obtained postdoctoral training in Health Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Polk is currently an Assistant Professor of Dental Public Health in the School of Dental Medicine and has a secondary faculty appointment in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Polk's expertise is in using the principles of implementation science to develop strategies to implement evidence-based guidelines in dental practices. She is currently a Principal Investigator on two federally funded research projects with this focus, including the FDA-funded project supporting this CE Course titled, Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Acute Dental Pain: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation Using Data Analytics to Target An Implementation Strategy.

Disclosures: None to report


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