Project 2 Investigators

Michelle M. Henshaw, Co-Principal Investigator

michelle-henshawDr. Michelle Henshaw is Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research and Dean for Community Partnerships and Extramural Affairs at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. As Dean for Community Partnerships and Extramural Affairs, Dr. Henshaw manages all of the School’s strategic partnerships and community outreach programs. Dr. Henshaw is active in a number of community and professional organizations and currently serves on the Planning Board for the Oral Health Foundation, is a member of the Massachusetts Coalition for Oral Health, and has recently served as the Chair of the Community and Preventive Dentistry Section of the American Dental Education Association.

Dr. Henshaw earned her dental degree at the University of California at San Francisco in 1993 and went on to receive the M.P.H. degree in epidemiology and biostatistics in 1996. She completed her specialty training in dental public health in 2000 at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Henshaw’s major research interests are in the areas of health services research and oral epidemiology. Recent research efforts have focused on how oral conditions affect health-related quality of life, understanding oral health disparities and access to care for underserved populations.

Dr. Henshaw serves as both the Co-Director of the Center for Research to Evaluate and Eliminate Dental Disparities (CREEDD) and Co-Principal Investigator of the project: “Oral Health Advocates in Public Housing”.

Belinda Borrelli, Co-Principal Investigator

Belinda Borrelli, PhD

Belinda Borrelli, PhD is an Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist at Brown Medical School. She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications, several NIH grants (R01s), and Co-investigator on numerous grants on motivating behavior change across diverse areas (cancer screening, medication adherence, sleep apnea, diabetes, physical activity, obesity) and populations (Native Americans, Latinos, inner city, adolescents, older adults). Dr. Borrelli has given over 55 invited talks on her research, including adapting Motivational Interviewing to medical settings. Dr. Borrelli served as co-chair of an NIH committee that was chartered to develop guidelines for treatment fidelity for health behavior change trials, which are viewed as supplementary to CONSORT and are published in Health Psychology and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Borrelli is the Associate Editor of the most cited journal in psychology (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology) and is a member of a scientific grant review committee at the National Institutes of Health (RPHB-2). Dr. Borrelli has trained hundreds of health care practitioners in motivational interviewing for health behavior change, both nationally and internationally.