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

Education

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. Chaffee BW, Couch ET, Vora MV, Holliday RS. Oral and periodontal implications of tobacco and nicotine products. Periodontol 2000. 2021 Oct; 87(1):241-253.  View on PubMed
  2. 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 Aug 24.  View on PubMed
  3. 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 Aug 19; 153:106766.  View on PubMed
  4. Chaffee BW. Cannabis Use and Oral Health in a National Cohort of Adults. Journal of the California Dental Association. 2021; 49(8):493-501.  View on PubMed
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Werts M, Urata J, Watkins SL, Chaffee BW. Flavored Cannabis Product Use Among Adolescents in California. Prev Chronic Dis. 2021 Jun 03; 18:E54.  View on PubMed
  8. 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
  9. John D. B. Featherstone, Yasmi O. Crystal, Pamela Alston, Benjamin W. Chaffee, Sophie Doméjean, Peter Rechmann, Ling Zhan, Francisco Ramos-Gomez. A Comparison of Four Caries Risk Assessment Methods. Frontiers in Oral Health. 2021 Apr 28; 2:656558.  View on PubMed
  10. John D. B. Featherstone, Yasmi O. Crystal, Pamela Alston, Benjamin W. Chaffee, Sophie Doméjean, Peter Rechmann, Ling Zhan, Francisco Ramos-Gomez. Evidence-Based Caries Management for All Ages-Practical Guidelines. Frontiers in Oral Health. 2021 Apr 27; 2:657518.  View on PubMed
  11. Kearns CE, Urata J, Chaffee BW. California Dentists' Engagement in Media Advocacy for Sugar Restriction Policies. JDR Clin Trans Res. 2021 Mar 30; 23800844211003818.  View on PubMed
  12. Holliday R, Chaffee BW, Jakubovics NS, Kist R, Preshaw PM. Electronic Cigarettes and Oral Health. J Dent Res. 2021 08; 100(9):906-913.  View on PubMed
  13. Rechmann P, Le CQ, Chaffee BW, Rechmann BMT. Demineralization prevention with a new antibacterial restorative composite containing QASi nanoparticles: an in situ study. Clin Oral Investig. 2021 Sep; 25(9):5293-5305.  View on PubMed
  14. Scott L. Tomar, Benjamin W. Chaffee. 28 Tobacco Control and Oral Health. . 2021 Jan 1; 313-319.  View on PubMed
  15. Chaffee BW, Werts M, White JS, Couch ET, Urata J, Cheng J, Kearns C. Beverage Advertisement Receptivity Associated With Sugary Drink Intake and Harm Perceptions Among California Adolescents. Am J Health Promot. 2021 05; 35(4):525-532.  View on PubMed
  16. Gustavo G. Nascimento, Benjamin W. Chaffee. Causal Inference in Oral Health Epidemiology. . 2020 Oct 20; 267-278.  View on PubMed
  17. Chaffee BW, Jacob P, Couch ET, Benowitz NL. Exposure to a Tobacco-Specific Carcinogen Among Adolescent Smokeless Tobacco Users in Rural California, United States. Nicotine Tob Res. 2020 10 08; 22(10):1764-1771.  View on PubMed
  18. Wu TS, Chaffee BW. Parental Awareness of Youth Tobacco Use and the Role of Household Tobacco Rules in Use Prevention. Pediatrics. 2020 11; 146(5).  View on PubMed
  19. Chaffee BW, Couch ET, Urata J, Cash D, Werts M, Halpern-Felsher B. Electronic cigarette and moist snuff product characteristics independently associated with youth tobacco product perceptions. Tob Induc Dis. 2020; 18:71.  View on PubMed
  20. Rechmann P, Kubitz M, Chaffee BW, Rechmann BMT. Fissure caries inhibition with a CO2 9.3-µm short-pulsed laser-a randomized, single-blind, split-mouth controlled, 1-year clinical trial. Clin Oral Investig. 2021 Apr; 25(4):2055-2068.  View on PubMed

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