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Kathryn Atchison



DepartmentsType of Faculty
Health Policy and ManagementPart Time
Contact Information

2248-A Murphy Hall

Areas of Interest: 

integration of health, health literacy, ethics

Kathryn Atchison is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Mangagement at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Community Dentistry in the UCLA School of Dentistry and in the Department of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She received her D.D.S. at Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1978 and her M.P.H. at Boston University School of Public Health in 1982. Dr. Atchison was selected among a nationwide competition to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Dental Health Services Research Fellowship at UCLA (1984-86) and joined UCLA's faculty in 1987. She was chosen by the MultiCampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology to participate in the Bureau of Health Professions Mid-Career Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and Dentistry (1991). 2003 Dr. Atchison was a Department of Health and Human Services, Primary Health Care Policy Fellow.

Dr. Atchison has had substantial experience conducting and leading collaborative multidisciplinary research. She has published extensively on outcomes assessment and quality of care issues, such as perceptions of oral health and development and evaluation of psychosocial outcome measures, for which she developed the Geriatric/ General Oral Health Assessment Index. Dr. Atchison serves as UCLA's Interim Vice Provost for Intellectual Property and Industry Relations. Her past administrative experience include over four years as Associate Dean for Research & Knowledge Management for the School of Dentistry. Dr. Atchison chairs the fourth year dental course clinical Applications of Quality Assurance and teaches in the Research Ethics course for Health Policy and Management.

Committee Participation: 

Vice Provost, New Collaborative Initiatives at UCLA Chancellor's Office.

Selected Publications: 
  • Atchison KA and Dolan TA. Development of the Geriatric Oral Health Assessment Index. J Dent Educ, 54(11):680-87, 1990.
  • Atchison KA, White SC, Flack VF, Hewlett ER. Assessing the FDA Guidelines for ordering dental radiographs. Journal of the American Dental Association, 126(10):1372-83, Oct. 1995.
  • Gift H, Atchison KA, Dayton C. Conceptualizing oral health & Oral Health-Related Quality of Life. Soc Sci Med, 44(5):601-08; 1997.
  • Atchison KA, Davidson PL, Andersen RM. Predisposing, Enabling, and Need for Dental Treatment Characteristics of ICS-II USA Ethnically Diverse Groups. Advances in Dental Research, 11(2):223-34; May, 1997.
  • Atchison KA, Mito RS, Lefever KH, McCauley KR, Lin S, Engelhardt R, Gutierrez JJ. Analysis of federal support for postgraduate general dentistry. Journal of Dental Education 2003;67(3):328-36.
  • Friedman PK, Arena C, Atchison K, Beemsterboer PL, Farsai P, Giusti JB, Haden NK, et al.; American Dental Education Association. Report of the ADEA President's Commission on Mentoring. J Dent Educ. 2004; 68(3):390-6.
  • Andersen RM, Davidson PL, Atchison KA, Hewlett E, Freed JR, Friedman J-A, Thind A, Gutierrez JJ, et al. Pipeline, Profession, and Practice Program: Evaluating Change in Dental Education. J Dent Educ 2005; 69(2):239-248.
  • Atchison KA, Black EE, Leathers R, Belin TR, Abrego M, Gironda MW, Wong D, Shetty V, DerMartirosian C. A qualitative report of patient problems and postoperative instructions. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2005 Apr;63(4):449-56.
  • Der-Martirosian C, Gironda MW, Black E, Leathers R, Atchison KA. Decision-making process for treatment of mandibular fractures among minority groups. J Public Health Dent 2006 Winter;66(1):37-43.
  • Atchison KA, Shetty V, Belin TR, Der-Martirosian C, Leathers R, Black E, Wang J. Using patient self-report data to evaluate orofacial surgical outcomes. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2006 Apr;34(2):93-102.