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Walter J Psoter, B.S., D.D.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Epidemiology and Health Promotion

Fax: 212-995-4608



1975 B.S., Northeastern University, Boston, MA
1979 D.D.S., New York University College of Dentistry
2001 Ph.D., Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School, Yale University


Research Interests / Professional Overview:

Dr. Psoter is a tenure-track Associate Professor at NYU College of Dentistry in the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion; concomitantly he is appointed as an Associate Professor at University of Puerto Rico School of Dentistry. Active in research training, Dr. Psoter is faculty on the NYU Oral Epidemiology Comprehensive Training Grant, an NIH NRSA T32 program to train oral epidemiologists at the PhD level and clinical trialists at the Masters level.  He is acourse director in the NYU Global Master in Public Health program.Dr. Psoter has extensive experience working and collaborating in the international and public health arenas. He has over 17 years of clinical and administrative experience in public health, community health and hospital programs for populations experiencing disparities prior to his research training.

His research has focused on dental caries and cancer. Dr. Psoter's international experiences include calibration on the Bahamas National Oral Health survey; calibration, planning, assisting in the operational management and leading one of three field data collection teams for the WHO/PAHO Basic Oral Health Survey (BOHS) in Haiti. He has consulted in Costa Rica with INCIENSA, the government health research agency on caries and fluorosis. As faculty at the University of Puerto Rico School of Dentistry,  Dr. Psoter has served as a consultant on graduate student and faculty research projects including the National Oral Health Survey of 12-year old Puerto Ricans. He was the Associate Project Director of the University of Puerto Rico's (UPR) research infrastructure development NIH-NIDCR funded UPR: Project RIPCOHD. He has also supported the Puerto Rico Dental Association, serving as a member of the journal's Editorial Board. He was  PI of an NIH-NIDCR R-01 titled "Oral Health Outcomes of Early Childhood Malnutrition." This project is a retrospective cohort study of over 1,000 children in Haiti. Dr. Psoter is a co-investigator with Dr. D. Morse the PI on "Risk factors for oral epithelial dysplasia in Puerto Rico," an independent project of the NYU Oral Cancer RAAHP Center U54. He was also the NYUCD PI of the NYU Medical & Dental Schools' Department of Justice "Enhancing Medical and Public Health Capabilities During Times of Crisis" grant.  His current research is focusing on oral cancer including secondary prevention and quality of life issues.


Current Funding:

NIH-NIDCR R21 "Increasing oral cancer screening by dentists: qualitative research on practitioners."    



Pub Med Articles:

Psoter, Walter J.


Representative Publications:

 Psoter WJ, Morse DE , Pendrys DG, Zhang, H, Mayne, ST.  Associations of Ethnicity/race and Socioeconomic Status with Early Childhood Caries Patterns. J Public Health Dent. 2006 Winter; 66:23-9.  

Psoter WJ, Gebrian B. Prophete S, Reid BC, Katz RV. Effect of early childhood malnutrition on tooth eruption patterns in Haitian adolescents. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2008; 3:179-89.

Reid BC, Psoter WJ, Gebrian B, Wang MQ, Psoter J. Delayed mortality effects of Hurricane Gilbert in Haiti.  Int J Dis Med, 2006, 4: 165 - 168

Psoter WJ, Spielman A, St, Jean R, Gebrian, Katz RV. Effect of early childhood malnutrition on salivary flow and pH in Haitian adolescents. Arch Oral Biol. 2008; 53:231-7

Morse DE, Psoter WJ, Cuadrado L, Torre T, Figueroa N, John Y, Phelan J, Mittal K, Buxo C, Cruz G. Detection of very early oral cancers in Puerto Rico.  AJPH. 2008; 98: 1200-1202

Boylan R, Psoter WJ, Weisurbs K, Glotzer DL. Bioterrorism Agents - Information for the Dentist. Gen Dent. 2008 Sep-Oct;56(6):520-5.

Fernandez JB, Glotzer DL, Triola MM, Psoter WJ. A unique potential role for dental school faculty in a public health catastrophic event: Telephone triage training and integration into a city health departments' emergency response planning. A J Dis Med . 2008, 3, 141-146

Psoter WP, Park P, Boylan R, Morse DE, Glotzer DL.  National Emergency Response Programs for volunteer health professionals. JADA. 2008, 139: 1067-73.

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

Morse DE, Psoter WJ, Baek L, Eisenberg E, Cohan D, Cleveland D, Tabatabai MM, Reisine S. Smoking and Drinking in relation to Depressive Symptoms among Persons with Oral Cancer or Oral Epithelial Dysplasia. Head Neck. 2010 May;32:578-87.

Aguilar ML, Psoter WP, Toro CE. Elías- Boneta AR.  Accuracy of two Impression Materials Using Mechanical Mixing and Direct ImpressionTechniques: A Three Dimensional Study J Prosthet Dent 2009;101:202-209

Psoter WJ, Morse DE , Pendrys DG, Zhang, H, Mayne, ST.  Caries patterns in the primary dentition: cluster analyses of a sample of 5,169 Arizona children 5-59 months of age. Int J Oral Sci, 1(4): 189-195, 2009

Russell SL, Psoter WJ,  Jean-Charles G, Prophte SE, Gebrian BJ. Protein Energy Malnutrition During Early Childhood and Periodontal Disease in the Permanent Dentition of Haitian Adolescents Aged 12-19 Years: a Retrospective Cohort Study. Int J Paediatr Dent 20:222-229, 2010

Psoter WJ, Ge Y, Russell SL, Chen Z, Katz RV, Jean-Charles G, Li Y. PCR detection of Streptococcus mutans and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans in dental plaque samples from Haitian adolescents. 2010 (in print: Clinical Oral Investigations)