Project Advisory Group

Providing Guidance on Oral Health Research

Comprised of experts in the oral health workforce and/or health workforce research, the Project Advisory Group provides guidance on the design and implementation of all OHWRC’s research projects. The Advisory Group also assists in the interpretation of research findings, makes recommendations on appropriate dissemination strategies, and provides input about the most appropriate oral health workforce research projects to consider in the future.

Marko Vujicic, PhD

Chief Economist and Vice President, Health Policy Institute, American Dental Association


Dr. Vujicic is Chief Economist and Vice President of the Health Policy Institute at the American Dental Association (ADA), where he is responsible for overseeing all of the Association’s policy research activities. Prior to joining the ADA, he was Senior Economist with The World Bank in Washington D.C. where he directed the global health workforce policy program. He was also a Health Economist with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Vujicic is the lead author of the book Working in Health and has written several book chapters on various health policy issues. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and has worked on broad health care reform issues in Africa, East Asia, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. Dr. Vujicic is also a visiting assistant professor at Tufts University in Boston.

Thomas Ricketts, PhD, MPH

Professor of Health Policy and Management and Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC School of Medicine


In addition to his UNC appointments, Dr. Ricketts is a consultant to the American College of Surgeons and is a visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique in Paris and Rennes, France. In the fall of 2010, he was named to the National Health Care Workforce Commission created by the ACA. He is a consultant to the American College of Surgeons, working on the future supply of surgeons and access to surgical care. Dr. Ricketts is active in health workforce policymaking and research and has helped develop both national and state policies to influence the distribution of health care practitioners. These include new approaches to designating medically underserved areas and shortages in surgery, primary care, and dental health professionals.

Raymond A. Kuthy, DDS, MPH

Professor, Preventive and Community Dentistry, College of Dentistry, University of Iowa


In addition to his position as Professor of Preventive and Community Dentistry at the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa, Dr. Kuthy also holds a position as Health Policy Faculty Associate at the Public Policy Center of the University of Iowa. He plays a key role in the on-going collection, analysis, and dissemination of data on Iowa’s dental workforce.

Ann Battrell, MSDH

Executive Director, American Dental Hygienists’ Association


Ms. Battrell has served as the Executive Director of the Chicago-based American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) since July 2005. She is the first RDH and the first former ADHA President to serve in this position. As Executive Director, Ms. Battrell represents ADHA to governmental bodies, educational institutions, other related associations, and corporate partners. She also oversees various staff programs—from membership recruitment to consumer awareness—as well as comprehensive responsibilities for all elements of ADHA’s operation.

Paul Glassman, DDS, MBA, MA

Professor of Dental Practice, Director of Community Oral Health, and Director of the Pacific Center for Special Care at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni, School of Dentistry in San Francisco


Dr. Glassman has had many years of dental practice experience treating patients with complex conditions and has published and lectured extensively in the areas of Hospital Dentistry, Dentistry for Patients with Special Needs, Dentistry for Individuals with Medical Disabilities, Dentistry for Patients with Dental Fear, Geriatric Dentistry, and Oral Health Systems reform. He has a long career working with special populations in a variety of practice and community settings. Dr. Glassman has been PI or Co-PI on over $22 million in grants and contracts over the last 20 years devoted to community-service demonstration and research programs designed to improve oral health for people with disabilities and other underserved populations. Dr. Glassman has been prominent in advocacy efforts on a state and national level for health system reform to improve oral health systems for a wide variety of underserved groups. He is also Director of the California Statewide Task Force on Oral Health for People with Disabilities and Aging Californians. He has served on many national panels including the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Committee on Oral Health Access to Services, which produced the IOM report on Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations and the Board of Directors of the DentaQuest Institute.