Our Team

Christine Riedy, MA, PhD, MPH, Principal Investigator
Dr. Christine Riedy is the Delta Dental of Massachusetts Associate Professor in Oral Public Health and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She is also a psychologist and health services researcher. Dr Riedy oversees the development of the training and the technical assistance modules, the testing with the Learning Collaborative and the plane for dissemination. Her previous research has been primarily focused on the understanding and prevention of dental caries, particularly in underserved and diverse populations. Dr. Riedy's previously funded studies (HRSA, NIH-NIDCR) focused on the intergenerational aspect of dental disease and behavioral strategies for promoting prenatal dental visits to potentially prevent the initial transmission of infection between mothers and their children. Dr. Riedy’s more recent focus has been on the integration of health care, particularly medical, dental, and behavioral integration. She sits on the Advisory Board for the Harvard School of Dental Medicine Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine. Dr. Riedy has current funding from HRSA related to the integration of oral health and general health. She is the Lead PI/PD on a HRSA-funded cooperative agreement, “Center for Evaluating Integration of Oral Health into Primary Care Training”. Dr. Riedy draws experience from her extensive work with vulnerable and underserved populations and current work developing oral health competencies for primary care givers.

Arielle Mather, MPH, Program Manager
Arielle Mather serves as Program Manager at NCECE, overseeing the planning and delivery of the Center’s trainings and technical assistance activities. She has spent many years in the Boston nonprofit sector addressing the needs of older and vulnerable populations, as well as the providers who care for them. Arielle received her Master of Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine, where she concentrated in health communication. Throughout her professional experience, she has enjoyed connecting others with resources that promote their health and well-being.

 

Juliette Provost, Staff Assistant

Juliette Provost serves as the Staff Assistant at NCECE, providing administrative support for the Center’s activities and day-to-day operations. She joins us from Simmons University where she earned a BA in English and served as an Office Assistant to Accessibility Services and, most recently, Senior Administrative Assistant to the CIO.

Tiffany Kehayoglou Sarkissian, Communications Coordinator

Tiffany Kehayoglou Sarkissian serves as the Communications Coordinator for NCECE, overseeing health center outreach and engagement. She has an extensive background in communications in higher education, writing and wellness programming. Tiffany has a lifelong passion for helping vulnerable populations. She also holds the position of Continuing Professional Education Coordinator for the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. 

Leads

Leonard Brennan, DMD, Geriatric Training Lead

Dr. Leonard Brennan is Co-Director of HSDM’s Geriatric Fellowship Program and is a part-time lecturer in their Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology. Dr. Brennan has practiced general dentistry in Portland, Maine for more than thirty years. As co-director of the HSDM geriatrics fellowship program, Director of MOTIVATE (Maine Oral Team-Based Initiative: Vital Access to Education) and a member of the team collaborating on the Nurse Practitioner-Dentist initiative with Northeastern University, Dr. Brennan has extensive experience developing team based approaches to multidisciplinary teams caring for the elderly and underserved in rural areas. In his role at the Center, Dr. Brennan is responsible for helping coordinate the team learning and designing the training and technical assistance modules.

Dr. Brennan completed a Harvard University Geriatric Dental Research and Teaching Fellowship Program, and was recognized for his postdoctoral work at Harvard as the recipient of the Dr. James Dunning Award for excellence in biomedical research and teaching. He is guest editor for Dental Clinics of North America's Dental Geriatric Edition and the author of the chapter “Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults.” Nationally, Dr. Brennan was a presenter on “Oral Health and Systemic Disease” at the American Society on Aging Conferences in Washington and San Diego. In 2009, he traveled to northern Haiti to begin a geriatric assessment of the population of Cap Haitien. Since 1982, he has taught oral health for the Medical Geriatric Fellowship Program at Maine Medical Center. Locally, he has been involved in many community dental and medical organizations and as a volunteer in the Dental Lifeline Network for which he was nationally recognized by CNN Money magazine with the 2014 "Hero Award" for his work with the elderly and other fragile individuals

Steffany Chamut, DDS, MPH, Curriculum Evaluation Lead

Dr. Steffany Chamut is a full-time Instructor in the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology and the Office of Global and Community Health.

Prior to joining HSDM, she completed her post-graduate studies in restorative prosthetics and dental public health in the U.S. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, A.T. Still University, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), and her fellowships at the Pan-American/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her work within the medical field spans the private, public, academic, and U.S. federal settings.

Dr. Chamut currently engages in diverse programmatic efforts across the school and the healthcare profession ranging from dental, public health education, workforce development, and clinical training at pre- and post-doctoral levels, and oral health integration initiatives. She is an AGE-Dental Public Health course director and co-director, a curricular evaluation lead at the HRSA funded National Center for Equitable Care for Elders (NCECE) a national training and technical assistance center that employs activities aimed to improve the care for older adults, and Co-PI of the HRSA grant titled “Catalyzing Oral Health Workforce for Rural and Vulnerable Populations”, which will create the first and only Dental Public Health (DPH) Residency in the country with a dedicated rural track. In addition, she is part of the Human Resources for Health (HRH) program, Faculty at the University of Rwanda, School of Dentistry (first Bachelors of Dental Surgery program in the country), and visiting lecturer at the University of West Indies, Mona School of Dentistry, Kingston, Jamaica.

Dr. Chamut's research interests focus on oral health, geriatrics, healthy aging, vulnerable populations, nutrition, substance and opioid addiction, health services, policy, rural populations, and global health.

Subject Matter Expert Leads

Maria Dolce, PhD, RN, CNE, FACHE
Dr. Maria Dolce, an Associate Professor in Nursing & Health Sciences at UMass Dartmouth, is a champion for the integration of oral health and interprofessional health education. She contributes her expertise as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation and as a Steering Committee Member for Smiles for Life, which is responsible for developing comprehensive oral health curriculum for primary care clinicians. Her extensive experience as a nurse educator enables her to contribute to meaningful advances in the implementation of oral health education across a variety of health professions.

Lynn Hallarman, MD
Lynn Hallarman, MD, is a board-certified palliative care physician. Dr. Hallarman served as the Director of the Palliative Care Services at Stony Brook University Medical Center from 2007 until 2019. She now works as a palliative care educational consultant and has worked with the Center to Advance Palliative Care, and is the co-author of CAPCs web-based pain & palliative care curriculum.

Peter Maramaldi, MSSW, MPH, MPhil, PhD

Dr. Maramaldi is Professor and former Director of the social work PhD Program at Simmons University College of Social Sciences Policy and Practice; Adjunct Professor, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Science; and Clinical Instructor, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology.

Dr. Maramaldi developed the interdisciplinary opportunity for Simmons social work PhD students to earn an MPH degree at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Maramaldi practiced social work and managed non-profit organizations for more than 25 years before launching his academic research career. He is an expert in behavioral health care and has had a consistent funding record from the National Institutes of Health and major foundations. 

Dr. Maramaldi’s past funded research includes a national demonstration project to address childhood dental caries through behavioral interventions with families including the social determinants of health (SDOH), the development of a patient safety toolkit using electronic health records to identify and reduce the occurrence of adverse events in dental medicine, and the development of a whole-systems approach to implementing standardized dental diagnostic terms. 

His extensive consulting work in evidence-based health promotion across disciplines addresses individual needs through population interventions. He has previously consulted on a HRSA-funded project to train dental residents on how to include SDOH and to communicate more effectively with patients and families. His most recent national project focused on optimizing health teams’ provision of healthcare to frail elders living in the community. As a social work behavioral scientist, he works with physicians, nurses, health economists, and caregivers to determine the most cost- effective models of interprofessional healthcare to frail elders living in the community.

Advisory Board

Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, MD is a geriatric psychiatrist and currently serves as the geriatric psychiatric fellowship director at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also the Associate Director for Education at the South Central Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC). Dr. Asghar-Ali is dedicated to enhancing the cultural attunement of clinicians to best serve all patients.

Michael Carvalho, PharmD, BCPP is currently Assistant Dean of Interprofessional Education Programs and Clinical Affairs and Professor of Pharmacy Practice at MCPHS School of Pharmacy-Boston. From 2012-2018 he was the Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at MCPHS. Prior to this, he was a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in Psychiatry at the Manchester, New Hampshire Veterans Affairs Medical Center where he treated veterans in the outpatient Mental Health Clinic for 30 years. Dr. Carvalho is Board Certified in Psychopharmacy and was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire for 20 years. He has also had teaching appointments at the University of New England, Saint Anselm College, and Northeastern University. 

Tara Hammes, RDN is the Director of Member Services for Nutrition with the Massachusetts Councils on Aging, the Massachusetts Delegate to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' House of Delegates and member of the Massachusetts Commission on Malnutrition Prevention Among Older Adults. A registered dietitian for over 20 years, she spent the last ten years working on older adult community nutrition programs. 

Stephen Martin, MD is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he is residency faculty and co-directs the Rural Health Scholars Program.  He is medical director for the Office-Based Addiction Treatment program at the rural Barre Family Health Center.   He is board certified in family medicine and addiction medicine. Steve’s clinical and research interests include primary care, oral health, complex care, addiction medicine, chronic pain, diagnostic error, and health disparities.

Medha Munshi, MBBS is the Director of the Joslin Geriatric Diabetes Program and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. She is also a staff geriatrician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Munshi is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Endocrinology and Metabolism. Since joining the faculty approximately 15 years ago, Dr. Munshi has developed a unique Geriatric Diabetes Program at the Joslin Diabetes Center. This model of care is an interdisciplinary program, beyond the traditional diabetes programs, that considers clinical, functional and psychosocial barriers faced by older adults before formulating individualized treatment strategies. Her clinical research is focused on identifying barriers to diabetes management and developing novel strategies to improve care of older adults. She has co-edited a book Geriatric Diabetes with Dr. Lewis Lipsitz. She has published extensively on this subject and has presented nationally and internationally on the topic of care of older adults with diabetes.