Astha Singhal, BDS, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Dept of Health Policy & Health Svcs Research

PhD, University of Iowa
MPH, State University of New York at Albany
BDS, Manipal University

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Astha Singhal, BDS, MPH, PhD is an Assistant Professor in Health Policy & Health Services Research at the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Singhal completed her dental school from Manipal University, India, and received her MPH from SUNY Albany. She did her residency in dental public health at the NIDCR, NIH, and received her PhD in health services research from the University of Iowa.
Dr. Singhal's research focuses on access to dental care among the vulnerable populations, examining the impact of health policies on access and oral health disparities. Her work has been recognized by several organizations including the IADR with the Aubrey Sheiham Award for Distinguished Research in Dental Public Health Sciences, APHA with Anthony W. Jong award, and AAPHD with Leverett Award for outstanding achievement in dental public health.

Interim Program Director
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Advanced Specialty Education Program in Dental Public Health

2016 Santa Fe Group: Founders Fellow
2016 International Association for Dental Research: Aubrey Sheiham Award
2015 American Public Health Association: Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Health Post-professional Award
2015 American Academy of Public Health Dentistry: Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dental Public Health
2015 University of Iowa: Keith E. Heller Graduate Dental Public Health Research Award
2014 Regional Finalist, The Hult Prize Competition
2014 American Association for Dental Research: Graduate Specialty Award in Preventive & Community Dentistry
2013 American Association for Dental Research: Third Prize, ADA Postdoctoral Research Presentation Competition
2012 University of Iowa: First Prize in the Biological and Health Sciences division
2012 Rotary International and Rotary District 6000 Fellowship
2011 Nominated member of American Association for the Advancement of Science
2010 University of Iowa: Graduate Presidential Fellowship

Role of State Medicaid Policies in Improving Access to Dental Care among Low-Income Adults
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research

Iowa Dental Wellness Plan (DWP)
06/01/2016 - 12/31/2016 (Subcontract PI)
The University of Iowa HHS CMS


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  1. Singhal A, Alofi A, Garcia RI, Sabik LM. Medicaid adult dental benefits and oral health of low-income older adults. J Am Dent Assoc. 2021 Jul; 152(7):551-559.e1. PMID: 34176569; PMCID: PMC8330417; DOI: 10.1016/j.adaj.2021.03.010;
  2. Bahanan L, Singhal A, Zhao Y, Scott T, Kaye E. The association between food insecurity, diet quality, and untreated caries among US children. J Am Dent Assoc. 2021 08; 152(8):613-621.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34147241
  3. Bahanan L, Singhal A, Zhao Y, Scott T, Kaye E. The association between food insecurity and dental caries among U.S. adults: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2021 Jan 24. PMID: 33486800; DOI: 10.1111/cdoe.12622;
  4. Fleming E, Singhal A. Chronic Disease Counseling and Screening by Dental Professionals: Results From NHANES, 2011-2016. Prev Chronic Dis. 2020 08 20; 17:E87. PMID: 32816664; PMCID: PMC7458110; DOI: 10.5888/pcd17.200152;
  5. Ranade A, Young G, Garcia R, Griffith J, Singhal A, McGuire J. Changes in Dental Benefits and Use of Emergency Departments for Nontraumatic Dental Conditions in Massachusetts. Public Health Rep. 2020 Sep/Oct; 135(5):571-577. PMID: 32795220; PMCID: PMC7485060; DOI: 10.1177/0033354920946788;
  6. Lino PA, Sohn W, Singhal A, Martins MAP, Silva MESE, Abreu MHNG. A national study on the use of opioid analgesics in dentistry. Braz Oral Res. 2019 Aug 15; 33:e076.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31432927
  7. Ranade A, Young GJ, Garcia R, Griffith J, Singhal A, McGuire J. Emergency department revisits for nontraumatic dental conditions in Massachusetts. J Am Dent Assoc. 2019 08; 150(8):656-663. PMID: 31235066
  8. Ranade A, Young GJ, Griffith J, Garcia R, Singhal A, McGuire J. Determinants of emergency department utilization for non-traumatic dental conditions in Massachusetts. J Public Health Dent. 2019 12; 79(1):71-78. PMID: 30537185
  9. Hale ZE, Singhal A, Hsia RY. Causes of Shortness of Breath in the Acute Patient: A National Study. Acad Emerg Med. 2018 11; 25(11):1227-1234. PMID: 29738108
  10. Singhal A, McKernan SC, Sohn W. Dental Public Health Practice, Infrastructure, and Workforce in the United States. Dent Clin North Am. 2018 04; 62(2):155-175.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29478451
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