I am a senior fellow in the Department of Oral Health Sciences at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. My program of research applies behavioral science, especially health psychology, to dentistry and dental public health. The overall goals of this work are to improve dental care and oral health and to reduce health disparities. Currently, I have specific research interests in: (1) psychological processes involved in dental/orofacial pain perception, dental treatment-seeking behavior, oral health behavior, and health outcomes; (2) the etiology, prevention, and amelioration of dental treatment avoidance, especially as related to dental care-related fear/anxiety; and (3) the dissemination of knowledge on these topics to healthcare professionals, specifically those working in dentistry. My most recent work uncovered genetic and environmental predictors of dental pain sensitivity, fear, and avoidance, and was funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. In addition to continuing that line of research and expanding it to include pediatric patients, my current work in dental public health addresses behavioral variables in studies of culturally-informed, multilevel oral health interventions targeting minority populations living rurually. As a clinical psychologist, I see patients in the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. I also engage in teaching—primarily for dental and medical students/residents—on topics such as behavioral science, clinical health psychology, health behavior change, healthcare-related fear/anxiety, pain management, pediatric behavior guidance, integrated care, Motivational Interviewing, interprofessional and patient-provider communication, and cultural humility.