Kavita P. Ahluwalia

Kavita P. Ahluwalia

Research Interest

Kavita Ahluwalia received both a DDS and MPH from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and completed a residency in Dental Public Health from the Veterans Administration in Perry Point, Maryland. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Dental Public Health, and she is the Director of the College’s Dental Public Health Residency Program. Dr. Ahluwalia’s research is focused on the utilization of Community-Based Participatory (CBPR) methods to address oral health and oral healthcare disparities across the lifespan; in particular, she is interested in working with communities and non-dental professionals to integrate oral health into existing systems of care both in the United States and East Africa. She has worked with local and regional agencies such as Meals-on-Wheels, New York City’s Department for the Aging, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to address programmatic and policy concerns among vulnerable populations. Dr. Ahluwalia has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Legacy Foundation, the Administration for Community Living, New York State Health Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to address the oral health needs of community-dwelling and institutionalized older adults. In addition to mentoring student research, Dr. Ahluwalia supervises the research of dental public health residents, directs the College’s course in Foundational Analytic Skills and Research Methods, and teaches Program Evaluation at the Mailman School of Public Health.