Research Summary

The overarching goal of our team's epidemiologic research program is to understand how various behaviors, biological attributes, and social circumstances influence health and disease distributions, often inequitably, across populations. Application of such knowledge aims to inform future public health practices, health policies, and clinical guidelines that elevate the health of patients and vulnerable communities. A research focus has been understanding tobacco use perceptions and behaviors among adolescents, particularly new and emerging products and in the context of evolving tobacco regulatory policies. Other areas of interest include engaging dental professionals in providing patients with tobacco cessation support, early-life experiences in relation to childhood oral health, and prevention-focused, patient-tailored approaches to manage oral disease.

Research Funding

  • July 1, 2011 - December 31, 2012 - Maternal Nutrition Education and Early Childhood Caries: A Randomized Field Trial , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: F30DE022208


Williams College, Williamstown, BA, 06/2002, biology and chemistry
University of California San Francisco, DDS, 06/2008, dentistry
University of California Berkeley, MPH, 05/2009, epidemiology
University of California Berkeley, PhD, 05/2013, epidemiology

Honors & Awards

  • 2008
    American Association of Oral Biologists Oral Biology Award, UCSF
  • 2010
    Lloyd F. Richards Endowment Fund Public Health Dentistry Award, UC Berkeley
  • 2011
    Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley
  • 2012, 2013
    American Association for Dental Research Bloc Grant Travel Award
  • 2014
    American Association for Dental Research Hatton Award Finalist
  • 2014
    UCSF John C. Greene Society School of Dentistry Mentor of the Year
  • 2015
    UCSF 150th Anniversary Alumni Excellence Award
  • 2016
    American Association for Dental Education Olav Alvares Award
  • 2018
    Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society Charles Craig Teaching Award

Selected Publications

  1. Nyamuryekung'e KK, Mlangwa MM, Chaffee BW. Perceived Patient Barriers to Tooth-Retaining Treatment in Tanzania. JDR Clin Trans Res. 2022 Sep 21; 23800844221121262.  View on PubMed
  2. Benelli KDRG, Chaffee BW, Kramer PF, Knorst JK, Ardenghi TM, Feldens CA. Pattern of caries lesions and oral health-related quality of life throughout early childhood: A birth cohort study. Eur J Oral Sci. 2022 10; 130(5):e12889.  View on PubMed
  3. Chaffee BW, Halpern-Felsher B, Croker JA, Werts M, Couch ET, Cheng J. Preferences, use, and perceived access to flavored e-cigarettes among United States adolescents and young adults. Drug Alcohol Depend Rep. 2022 Jun; 3.  View on PubMed
  4. Watkins SL, Pieper F, Chaffee BW, Yerger VB, Ling PM, Max W. Flavored Tobacco Product Use Among Young Adults by Race and Ethnicity: Evidence From the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study. J Adolesc Health. 2022 08; 71(2):226-232.  View on PubMed
  5. Chaffee BW, Lauten K, Sharma E, Everard CD, Duffy K, Park-Lee E, Taylor E, Tolliver E, Watkins-Bryant T, Iafolla T, Compton WM, Kimmel HL, Hyland A, Silveira ML. Oral Health in the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study. J Dent Res. 2022 08; 101(9):1046-1054.  View on PubMed
  6. Chaffee BW. National Surveillance of Youth Substance Use: Keeping Up With Changing Times. Am J Public Health. 2022 04; 112(4):564-566.  View on PubMed
  7. Chaffee BW, Fine JI, Fantaye Y, Hoeft KS, Ursua R, Stewart R, Khan S. A Dental Care Coordination System: Experiences in Alameda County, California. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2022; 50(3):147-158.  View on PubMed
  8. Vogel EA, Barrington-Trimis JL, Kechter A, Tackett AP, Liu F, Sussman S, Lerman C, Unger JB, Hughes Halbert C, Chaffee BW, Leventhal AM. Differences in Young Adults' Perceptions of and Willingness to Use Nicotine Pouches by Tobacco Use Status. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 02 25; 19(5).  View on PubMed
  9. Chaffee BW, Halpern-Felsher B, Jacob P, St Helen G. Biomarkers of nicotine exposure correlate with the Hooked on Nicotine Checklist among adolescents in California, United States. Addict Behav. 2022 05; 128:107235.  View on PubMed
  10. Kong G, Chaffee BW, Wu R, Krishnan-Sarin S, Liu F, Leventhal AM, McConnell R, Barrington-Trimis J. E-cigarette device type and combustible tobacco use: Results from a pooled analysis of 10,482 youth. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2022 03 01; 232:109279.  View on PubMed
  11. Chaffee BW, Halpern-Felsher B, Cheng J. E-cigarette, cannabis and combustible tobacco use: associations with xerostomia among California adolescents. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2021 Dec 20.  View on PubMed
  12. Chaffee BW, Couch ET, Vora MV, Holliday RS. Oral and periodontal implications of tobacco and nicotine products. Periodontol 2000. 2021 10; 87(1):241-253.  View on PubMed
  13. Vakili A, Chaffee BW, Oberoi S. Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on orthodontics in predoctoral and postdoctoral programs in the United States. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2022 Feb; 161(2):e136-e146.  View on PubMed
  14. Feldens CA, Dos Santos IF, Kramer PF, Vítolo MR, Braga VS, Chaffee BW. Early-Life Patterns of Sugar Consumption and Dental Caries in the Permanent Teeth: A Birth Cohort Study. Caries Res. 2021; 55(5):505-514.  View on PubMed
  15. Chaffee BW, Barrington-Trimis J, Liu F, Wu R, McConnell R, Krishnan-Sarin S, Leventhal AM, Kong G. E-cigarette use and adverse respiratory symptoms among adolescents and Young adults in the United States. Prev Med. 2021 12; 153:106766.  View on PubMed
  16. Chaffee BW. Cannabis Use and Oral Health in a National Cohort of Adults. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2021 Aug; 49(8):493-501.  View on PubMed
  17. Chaffee BW. Helping Dental Patients Quit Tobacco: What Can We Do and Why Should We Do It?. Journal of the California Dental Association. 2021; 49(8):483-484.  View on PubMed
  18. Chaffee BW, Cheng J, Couch ET, Hoeft KS, Halpern-Felsher B. Adolescents' Substance Use and Physical Activity Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic. JAMA Pediatr. 2021 07 01; 175(7):715-722.  View on PubMed
  19. Werts M, Urata J, Watkins SL, Chaffee BW. Flavored Cannabis Product Use Among Adolescents in California. Prev Chronic Dis. 2021 06 03; 18:E54.  View on PubMed
  20. Chen-Sankey JC, Kechter A, Barrington-Trimis J, McConnell R, Krueger EA, Cruz TB, Unger JB, Chaffee BW, Leventhal A. Effect of a hypothetical modified risk tobacco product claim on heated tobacco product use intention and perceptions in young adults. Tob Control. 2021 May 31.  View on PubMed

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