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Douglas E Morse, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Epidemiology and Health Promotion
Room PAS Dental Center, 421 First Avenue
Fax: 212-995-4436



1976 B.S., Texas A&M University
1980 D.D.S., University of Texas
1988 S.M. Harvard University
1993 Certificate, Oral Epidemiology, Harvard University
1993 Certificate, Dental Public Health, Harvard University
1994 Certificate, Geriatric Dental Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center
1994 PhD. Yale University


Research Interests / Professional Overview:

Dr. Morse has an active history of epidemiologic research focusing on diseases of the oral cavity, including dental caries as well as oral cancers and precancers.  He has been the Principal Investigator on a number of grants sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, and a co-investigator on other NIH-sponsored studies.

Dr. Morse is the Associate Director of the NYU Global Oral Epidemiology Postdoctoral Training Program, which provides PhD-level training in epidemiology to individuals who hold dental degrees.  In addition, he teaches two courses in the Masters in Clinical Research Program - one on research study designs used in observational epidemiology and the other on applied biostatistics.  

Apart from numerous research manuscripts, Dr. Morse is a contributing author for a number of textbook chapters dealing with the epidemiology of oral cancer and precancer.


Current Funding:

New York University Oral Epidemiology Comprehensive Training Program, Associate Director, Funded NIDCR/NIH.      


Representative Publications:

Published Manuscripts (most recent eight years):

Psoter WJ, Glotzer DL, Baek, LS, Karloopia R, Morse, DE. Podiatry and disaster response: a survey of the professional leadership.  Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, In Press.

Psoter WJ, Aguilar ML, Levy A, Baek LS, Morse DE.  A preliminary study on the relationships between global health/quality of life and specific head and neck cancer quality of life domains in Puerto Rico. J Prosthodont 21:460-71, 2012.

Kamer AR, Morse DE, Holm-Pedersen P, Mortensen EL, Avlund K.  Periodontal inflammation in relation to cognitive function in an older adult Danish population.  J Alzheimers Disease, 28:613-624, 2012.

Jahanbani J, Morse DE, Alinejad H.  Prevalence of oral lesions and normal variants of the oral mucosa in 12 to 15-year-old students in Tehran, Iran.  Arch Iranian Med 15:200-203, 2012.

Ellefsen BS, Morse DE, Waldemar G, Holm-Pedersen P. Indicators for root caries in Danish persons with recently diagnosed Alzheimer's disease.  Gerodontology 29:194-202, 2012.

Erdei E, Sheng H, Maestas E, Mackey A, White KA, Li L, Dong D, Taylor J, Berwick M, Morse DE.  Self-reported ethnicity and genetic ancestry in relation to oral cancer and pre-cancer in Puerto Rico.  PLoS ONE, 6(8): e23950. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023950, 2011.

Li L, Psoter WJ, Buxó CJ, Elias A, Cuadrado L, Morse DE.  Smoking and drinking in relation to oral potentially malignant disorders in Puerto Rico: a case-control study. BMC Cancer, 11:324, 2011.

Morse DE, Velez Vega CM, Psoter WJ, Velez H, Buxo CJ, Baek LS, Elias A, Sanchez Ayendez M.  Perspectives of San Juan healthcare practitioners on the detection deficit in oral premalignant  lesions and early cancers in Puerto Rico: a qualitative research study. BMC Public Health. 26:11:391, 2011.

Pushalkar S, Mane SP, Ji X, Li Y, Evans C, Crasta OR, Morse D, Meagher R, Singh A, Saxena D. Microbial diversity in saliva of oral squamous cell carcinoma.  FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol. 2010.

Morse DE, Psoter WJ, Baek LS, Eisenberg E, Cohen D, Cleveland D, Mohit-Tabatabai, M, Reisine S.  Smoking and Drinking in relation to Depressive Symptoms among Persons with Oral Cancer or Oral Epithelial Dysplasia.  Head Neck 32:578-587, 2010.

Psoter WJ, Pendrys DG, Morse DE, Zheng H, Mayne ST. Caries patterns in the primary dentition: cluster analysis of a sample of 5,169 Arizona children aged 5-59 months of age.  Int J Oral Sci, 1: 189-195, 2009.

Ellefsen B, Holm-Pedersen P, Morse DE, Schroll M, Andersen BB, Waldemar G. Assessing caries increments in elderly patients with and without dementia: a one-year follow-up study.  J Am Dent Assoc. 2009 140:1392-400, 2009.

Morse DE, Psoter WJ, Cuadrado L, Jean YA, Phelan J, Mittal K, Buxó C, Cruz GD, Elias A.  A deficit in biopsying potentially premalignant oral lesions in Puerto Rico.  Cancer Detect Prev 32:424-430, 2009.

Psoter WJ, Park PJ, Boylan RJ, Morse DE, Glotzer DL. National emergency response programs for dental health care professionals.  J Am Dent Assoc, 139:1067-1073, 2008.

Morse DE, Psoter WJ, Torre T, Cruz G, Figueroa N.  Detection of very early oral cancers in Puerto Rico.  Am J Publ Health 98:1200-1202, 2008.

Ellefsen B, Holm-Pedersen P, Morse DE, Schroll M, Andersen B, Waldemar G.  Caries prevalence in older persons with and without dementia.  J Am Geriatr Soc 56:59-67, 2008.

Morse DE, Psoter WJ, Cleveland D, Cohen D, Mohit-Tabatabai M, Kosis DL, Eisenberg E. Smoking and Drinking in Relation to Oral Cancer and Oral Epithelial Dysplasia. Cancer Causes Control 9: 919-929, 2007.

Cruz G, Salazar C, Morse DE. Oral and pharyngeal cancer incidence and mortality in Hispanics, 1996-2002: The need for ethnoregional studies in hispanics' cancer research.  Am J Publ Health 96:2194-2200, 2006. 

Psoter WJ, Pendrys DG, Morse DE, Zheng H, Mayne ST. Associations of ethnicity/race and socioeconomic status with early childhood caries patterns J Publ Health Dent, 66:23-239, 2006.

Morse DE, Kerr AR. Disparities in oral and pharyngeal cancer incidence, mortality, and survival among black and white Americans. J Am Dent Assoc, 137:203-212, 2006.

Reisine S, Morse DE, Psoter WJ, Eisenberg E, Cohen D, Cleveland D, Mohit-Tabatabai M. Sociodemographic Risk Indicators for Depressive Symptoms among Persons with Oral Cancer or Oral Epithelial Dysplasia.  Oral Maxillofac Surg 63:513-520, 2005.

Psoter WJ, Saint Jean LP, Morse DE, Prophte SE, Joseph JE, Katz RV.  Dental caries on twelve- and fifteen-year-olds:  Results from the Basic Oral Health Survey in Haiti. J Publ Health Dent 65:208-213, 2005.

Avlund K, Holm-Pedersen P, Morse DE, Viitanen M, Winblad B. The strength of two indicators of social position on oral helath among persons over the age of 80 years. J Publ Health Dent 65: 231-239, 2005.

Book Chapters:

Mayne ST, Morse DE, Winn DM. Cancers of the Oral Cavity and Pharynx. In Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention. Schottenfeld D, Fraumeni JF, Jr. (eds.) Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2006.

Morse DE. Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer. In Nutrition and Oral Medicine. Touger-Decker R, Sirois D, Mobley C (eds.) Humana Press Inc. Totowa, NJ, 2004

Mayne ST, Cartmel B, Morse DE. Chemoprevention of Oral Premalignant Lesions. In Head and Neck Cancer, Emerging Perspectives, Ensley JF, Gutkind JS, Jacobs JR and Lippman SM (eds.) Academic Press, San Diego, CA, 2003.

Katz RV, Neely AL, Morse DE. The epidemiology of oral diseases in older adults. In Textbook of Geriatric Dentistry, Holm-Pedersen P, L H (eds.), Munksgaard, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1996.