Center Directors

Raul I. Garcia raul-garcia
Co-Director for CREEDD

Dr. Garcia is Professor and Chair of Health Policy and Health Services Research in the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University. Dr. Garcia’s research interests include the mechanisms of periodontal disease progression, alveolar bone loss, skeletal bone mineral density, as well as tobacco control and prevention.

Dr. Garcia has been involved in studies that encompass the areas of oral epidemiology, health services research, and health policy. His current work involves a variety of population studies with the focus on underserved populations, such as elders, minorities, and persons living with disabilities.



Michelle M. Henshawmichelle-henshaw
Co-Director for CREEDD

Dr. 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 Principal Investigator of Project 2: Oral Health Advocates in Public Housing.