Michelle Henshaw

Michelle Henshaw

Associate Dean of Global & Population Health; Professor of Health Policy & Health Services Research

About Dr. Henshaw

Dr. Henshaw is the Associate Dean for Global & Population Health and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. As Associate Dean for Global & Population Health, Dr. Henshaw leads efforts related to developing and showcasing GSDM’s position as a world leader in global health and interprofessional care initiatives. She 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’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.


Tiwari T, Casciello A, Gansky SA, Henshaw M, Ramos-Gomez F, Rasmussen M, Garcia RI, Albino J, Batliner TS. Recruitment for health disparities preventive intervention trials: the early childhood caries collaborating centers. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 Aug 7;11:E133. PMID 25101490.

Maxwell NI, Shah S, Dooley D, Henshaw M, Bowen DJ. Oral health among residents of publically supported housing in Boston. J Urban Health. 2014 Aug;91(4):809-21. PMID:24272316

Geltman PL, Hunter Adams J, Penrose KL, Cochran J, Rybin D, Doros G, Henshaw M, Paasche-Orlow M. Health literacy, acculturation, and the use of preventive oral health care by Somali refugees living in Massachusetts. J Immigr Minor Health. 2014 Aug;16(4)622-30. PMID:23748902

Halpern LR, Kaste LM, Briggs C, DiPietro LA, Erwin K, Frantsve-Hawley J, Gordon S, Heaton B, Henshaw MM, Joskow R, Reisine ST, Sinkford JC.  Women’s oral health: growing evidence for enhancing perspectives. Dent Clin North Am. 2013 Apr;57(2):xv-xxviii. PMID: 23570812

Geltman PL, Adams JH, Cochran J, Doros G, Rybin D, Henshaw M, Barnes LL, Paasche-Orlow M. The impact of functional health literacy and acculturation on the oral health status of Somali refugees living in Massachusetts. Am J Public Health. 2013 Aug;103(8):1516-23. Epub 2013 Jan 17. PMID: 23327248.

Devlin D, Henshaw MM.  Improving access to preventive dental services through a school based dental sealant program. J Dent Hyg. 2011 Summer;85(3):211-9. Epub 2011 Aug 8.  PMID: 21888778

Mascarenhas AK, Henshaw MM. Infrastructure for a community-based dental education program: students and clinics. J Dent Educ. 2010 Oct;74(10 Suppl):S17-24. PMID: 20930223

Soncini JA, Kanasi E, Lu SC, Nunn ME, Henshaw MM, Tanner AC. Oral microbiota of children in a school-based dental clinic. Anaerobe 2010 Jun;16(3):278-82. Epub 2009 Oct 29. PMID: 19879369

Kressin NR, Nunn ME, Singh H, Orner MB, Pbert L, Hayes C, Culler C, Glicken SR, Palfrey S, Geltman PL, Cadoret C, Henshaw MM. Pediatric clinicians can help reduce rates of early childhood caries: effects of a practice based intervention. Med Care. 2009 Nov;47(11):1121-8. PMID: 19786919

Crall JJ, Hewlett ER, Friedman JA, Mascarenhas AK, Freilich S, Henshaw M, Jones JA, Mann M, Frankl S.   The Pipeline program at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. J Dent Educ. 2009 Feb;73(2 Suppl):S58-68; discussion S68-9. PMID: 19237378

Nunn ME, Dietrich T, Singh HK, Henshaw MM, Kressin NR. Prevalence of early childhood caries among very young urban Boston children compared with US children. J Public Health Dent. 2009 Summer; 69(3):156-62. PMID: 19192100

Nunn ME, Braunstein NS, Krall Kaye EA, Dietrich T, Garcia RI, Henshaw MM. Healthy eating index is a predictor of early childhood caries. J Dent Res. 2009 Apr;88(4):361-6. PMID: 19407158

Dietrich T, Culler C, Garcia RI, Henshaw MM. Racial and ethnic disparities in children’s oral health: The National Survey of Children’s Health. J Am Dent Assoc. 2008 Nov;139(11):1507-17. PMID: 18978389

Singh HK, Scott TE, Cote SE, Henshaw MM, Grodin MA, and Piwowarczyk L. Oral health status of torture survivors seeking care in the United States. American Journal of Public Health 2008 Dec;98(12):2181-2182. PMID:18923133

Garcia RI, Cadoret C, Henshaw M. Multicultural Issues in Oral Health. Dental Clinics of North America 2008 Apr;52(2):319-32. PMID: 18329446

Mascarenhas AM, Freilich S, Henshaw MM, Jones JA, Mann M and Frankl S. Evaluating externship programs:  impact of program length on clinical productivity. J Dent Educ 2007 Apr;71(4):516-523. PMID: 17468313

Henshaw M. Service learning. In: Welie, J (ed): Justice in Oral Health Care. Wisconsin: Marquette University Press, 2006:261-283.

Susan Cote, Paul Geltman, Martha Nunn, Kathy Lituri, Michelle Henshaw and Raul I. Garcia. Dental caries of refugee children compared with US children. Pediatrics 2004 Dec;114(6):e733-40. PMID: 15574605

Krall E, Henshaw M. The older patient. In: Palmer, C., ed. Diet and Nutrition in Oral Health. New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc., 2003:274-287.

Farsai P and Henshaw MM.  Commentary on Moles DR, Downer MC, Speight PM. Meta-analysis of measures of performance reported in oral cancer and pre-cancer screening studies. Br Dent J 2002;192:340-344, Evidence Based Dentistry, 2002(3):79-80.

Henshaw MM, Calabrese JM. Oral health and nutrition in the elderly. Nutr Clin Care 2001; Jan/Feb4(1):34-42.

Garcia, R; Henshaw, M; Krall, E. Relation between periodontal disease and systemic health. Periodontology 2000 2001 Feb:25(1):21-36. PMID: 11155180