Virginia Commonwealth University

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Featured Researcher

Research Expertise and Focus

  • Oral health disparities and health services research
  • Pediatric oral health performance measures
  • Utilization of dental services in public programs
  • Delivery of oral health services in medical settings
  • Early childhood caries prevention
  • Infant oral health
  • Maternal influences and prevention for mothers and infants in early childhood home-visiting programs. Funded by the VCU Institute for Women’s Health Community-Based Participatory Research Pilot Grant Program. Primary investigator.

Professional Highlights

Membership and Leadership

  • Chair, Virginia Oral Health Coalition
  • Consultant, Virginia Division of Dental Health’s Bright Smiles Program
  • Consultant, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Council on Scientific Affairs
  • Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) Dental Advisory Committee for the Smiles for Children program
  • Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry


  • WISDM (Women in Science, Dentistry, and Medicine Faculty Organization) Professional Achievement Award, VCU School of Dentistry, 2011
  • Jerome B. Miller “For the Kids” Award, Proctor and Gamble/Crest/Oral-B, 2011
  • Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Foundation Faculty Research Award, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 2008


  • Fellow in the Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center

Education and Training

  • Ph.D. in epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • D.D.S., University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha

Fellowships and Certifications

  • Certificate, pediatric dentistry, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Certificate, dental public health, UNC-Chapel Hill

Selected Publications

Neff JA, Kelley ML, Walters ST, Cunningham TD, Paulson JF, Braitman AL, Brickhouse TH, Gunsolley JC, Darby ML, Lemaster MF, Vandersluis JP, Walsh MM, Bolen H. Effectiveness of a Screening and Brief Intervention protocol for heavy drinkers in dental practice: A cluster-randomized trial. J Health Psychol. 2015 Dec;20(12):1534-48. doi: 10.1177/1359105313516660. Epub 2014 Jan 14. PubMed PMID:24423575.

Brickhouse TH, Haldiman RR, Evani B. The impact of a home visiting program on children’s utilization of dental services. Pediatrics. 2013 Nov;132 Suppl 2S147-52. PMCID: PMC4258828

Neff JA, Walters ST, Braitman AL, Kelley ML, Paulson JF, Brickhouse TH, Gunsolley JC, Darby ML, Lemaster MF, Vandersluis JP, Walsh MM. A brief motivational intervention for heavy alcohol use in dental practice settings: rationale and development. J Health Psychol. 2013 Apr;18(4):542-53. PMCID: PMC3522753

Brickhouse TH, Rozier RG, Slade GD. Effects of enrollment in medicaid versus the state children’s health insurance program on kindergarten children’s untreated dental caries. Am J Public Health. 2008 May;98(5):876-81. PMCID: PMC2374820

Brickhouse TH,  Rozier RG, Slade GD. The effect of two publicly funded insurance programs on use of dental services for young children. Health Serv Res. 2006 Dec;41(6):2033-53. PMCID: PMC1955315