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Ralph V Katz, B.S., D.M.D., M.P.H., PhD., F.A.C.E.
Epidemiology and Health Promotion
Room PAS Dental Center, 421 First Avenue
Fax: 212-995-4087



1965 B.S., Trinity College, Hartford, CT
1969 D.M.D., Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
1971 M.P.H., University of Minnesota, School of Public Health
1976 Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, Graduate School


Research Interests / Professional Overview:

- willingness of minorities to participate in biomedical research

- health disparities research

- epidemiologic studies of oral cancer

- oral health in Haiti: dental caries, oral cancer and noma

- defining oral neglect in institutionalized elderly


Current Funding:

NIDCR/NIH: NYU Oral Epidemiology Postdoctoral Training Grant, PI and Director of program

NIH:  Clinical Translational Science Institutional (CTSI) Grant, co-Director, KL2 Postdoctoral Fellow Program 



Pub Med Articles:

Katz RV


Representative Publications:

Katz, R.V. Oral Epidemiology of Older Adults, Chapter in Geriatric Dentistry, Editors: P. Holm Pederson and H. Loe, Munksgaard Press:
- 1st Edition (with L.H. Meskin) 1986.
- 2nd Edition (with A.L. Neely and D.E. Morse) 1996.

Katz RV, and Frey BJ. Oral Health Services: A Delphi Technique Estimation of Their Role in Adult In‑Patient Rehabilitation Programs. Arch. Phys. Med. and Rehab. 57:183‑88, April, 1976.

Katz RV and Tillman H. Oral Health Services for Adult Rehabilitation Patients: Three Illustrative Cases.Arch. of Phys. Med. and Rehab. 59:390‑393, August, 1978.

Katz RV. Assessing Root Caries in Populations: The Evolution of the Root Caries Index. J. of Pub. Health. Dent. 40:6‑l6, Winter, l980.

Katz RV, Hazen SP, Chilton NW and Mumma RD The Prevalence and Intraoral Distribution of Root Caries in An Adult Population, Caries Res. l6:265‑27l, l982.

udney JD, Katz RV and Brand JW. Interobserver Reliability of Methods for Paleopathological Diagnosis of Dental Caries, Amer. J. of Physical Anthropology, 2:243‑248. l983.

Katz RV. Changing the Curriculum: Mirror the Times, Not the Trends, J. Dent Ed. 50:470‑473, 1986.

Pendrys DG and Katz RV. Risk of Enamel Fluorosis Associated with Fluoride Supplements, Infant Formula and Fluoride Supplement Use, Amer. J. of Epidemiol. 130: 1199‑1208, 1989.

Chen J, Katz RV and Krutchkoff D. Intraoral Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Epidemiologic Patterns in Connecticut from 1935‑1985, Cancer 66:1288‑96, 1990.

Meskin LH, Dillenberg J, Heft M, Katz RV, and Martens L. Economic Impact of Dental Service Utilization by Older Adults, JADA 120:665‑8, 1990.

Katz RV. The safety of dental amalgams: the classic problem of early questions and premature conclusions, Quintessence International 22:243‑6, 1991.

Katz RV. The RCI Revisted after 15 Years: Used, Reinvented, Modified, Debated and Natural Logged, J. Pub. Health Dent. 56:28-34, 1996

Wang, M.Q., Katz, RV, Howard, D., Harris, M, Bioethical Issues in Biostatistical Consulting: Development of a Survey Instrument, Psychological Reports 2007: 100:191-194. PMCID:PMC1906735


Claudio C, Katz RV, Green BL, Kressin NR, Wang, MQ, Russell SL.  Cancer Screening Participation: Comparative Willingness of  San Juan Puerto Ricans vs New York Puerto Ricans,  J Nat'l Med Assoc 2007:  99(5) 542-9.  PMCID: PMC2139896

Katz, RV, Kegeles, SS, Kressin, NR, Green, BL, Wang, MQ, Russell, SL, Claudio, C. The Tuskegee Legacy Project: Willingness of Minorities to Participate in Biomedical Research. J of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 2006; 17:698-715

Katz, RV, Green, BL, Kressin, NR, Claudio, C, Wang, MQ, Russell, SL,. Willingness of Minorities to Participate in Biomedical Studies: confirmatory findings from a follow-up study using the Tuskegee Legacy Project Questionnaire. J Natl Med Assoc. 2007: 99(9): 1050-62.

Psoter WJ, Gebrian B. Prophete S, Reid BC, Katz RV. Effect of early childhood malnutrition on tooth eruption patterns in Haitian adolescents,  Comm Dent  Oral Epidemiol  2008;  36:179-189.  published online at doi.10.1111/j.1600-0528.2007.00386x in Dec 2007]    

Psoter WJ, Spielman AL, Gebrian B, St.Jean R, and Katz RV, Effect of childhood malnutrition on salivary flow and pH.  Archives of Oral Biology. 53(3):231-7, Mar 2008.[online at AOB-1975 Dec 2007]

Psoter WJ, Katz RV, Gebrian B.  Reliability of a sugar consumption questionnaire for rural Haiti. Puerto Rican Health Sciences Journal.  27(1):69-74, Mar 2008.

 Katz RV, Kegeles SS, Kressin NR, James SA, Green BL, Wang MQ, Russell  SL, Claudio C. Awareness of the USPHS Syphilis Study at Tuskegee and the U.S. Presidential Apology:  Influence on Minority Participation in Biomedical Research.  Am J Pub Health. 2008;  98:1137-1147.   

Allen K,  Norman R. and  Katz RV.  The Effect of Chewing Gum on Learning as Measured by Test Performance. Nutrition Bulletin  2008, 33:102-107

Katz RV, Green BL, Kressin NR, Kegeles SS, Wang, MQ, James SA, Russell  SL, Claudio C., McCallum J,  The Legacy of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study: Its Impact on Willingness to Participate in Biomedical Research Studies   J of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved   2008; 19:1169-1181.  

Katz RV, Wang, MQ, Green BL,  Kressin NR, Claudio C, Russell SL, Sommervil, C.. Participation in Biomedical Research Studies and Cancer Screenings: Perceptions of Risks to Minorities Compared to Whites.  Cancer Control.  Oct 2008; 15(4):344-361.

Katz RV, Claudio C, Kressin NR  Green BL,Wang MQ, Russell SL. Willingness to Participate in Cancer Screenings: Blacks vs Whites vs Puerto Rican Hispanics. Cancer Control.  Oct 2008; 15(4)334-343.       

Katz RV, Green BL, PhD, Kressin NR, James SA, Claudio C, Wang MQ, Russell SL. Exploring the ‘Legacy' of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study: a follow-up study from the Tuskegee Legacy Project.  J Natl Med Assoc  Feb 2009; 101(2):179-183.

Russell, SL, Katz RV, C, Kressin, NR, Green, BL, Wang, MQ, Claudio, C and Tzvetkova, K.  Beliefs of Women's Risk as Research  Subjects and Relationship to Knowledge of DES and Thalidomide:Differences by Sex and by Race/Ethnicity.  J Women's     Hlth  Feb 2009; 16(2):235-243.

Katz RV, Smith BJ, Berkey D, Guset A, O'Connor MP.  Oral Neglect in Institutionalized Elders: a new study seeks to establish a consensus definition to protect vulnerable elderly.  Il Dentista Moderno  Sept 2009; 43-70-74.

Katz RV, Jean-Charles G, Green BL , Kressin NR, Claudio C, Wang MQ, Russell SL. Outlaw J.  Identifying the Tuskegee Syphilis Study: Implications of Results from Recall and Recognition Questions.  BMC Public Health 2009, 9:468 doi:10.1186/1471-2458-9-468

Kressin NR, Manze, M., Russell SL, Katz, RV, Claudio, C., Green BL, Wang MQ,  Self-Reported Willingness to Have Cancer Screening and the Effects of  Sociodemographic Factors   J Natl Med Assoc  2010; 102:219-227 

Katz RV, Smith BJ, Berkey D, Guset A, and O'Connor MP.  Defining Oral Neglect in Institutionalized Elders: a consensus definition for the protection of vulnerable elderly.  JADA 2010; 141:334-440.  

Psoter,WJ, Ge Y, Russell SL, Chen Z, Katz, RV, Jean-Charles G, Li Y.  PCR detection or Streptococcus mutans and Aggregatibacter  Actinomycetemcomitans in dental plaque from Haitian adolescents. Clin Oral Investigations (in press as of Mar 28, 2010)

Katz RV.   Larry Meskin: A Man-of-His-Time with Vision ‘Beyond-His-Time', DISCOVERY! article, J Dent Res (in press)

Russell SL, Katz, RV, Kressin NR, Claudio C, Green BL, Wang MQ, Lee R. "Belief in AIDS Origin Conspiracy Theory and      Willingness to Participate in Biomedical Research Studies - Findings in Whites, Blacks and Hispanics in 7 Cities across Two Surveys"  HIV Clinical Trials (in press)&nb