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. Werts M, Urata J, Watkins SL, Chaffee BW Flavored Cannabis Product Use Among Adolescents in California.  View on PubMed
  2. 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.  View on PubMed
  3. Chaffee BW, Cheng J, Couch ET, Hoeft KS, Halpern-Felsher B Adolescents' Substance Use and Physical Activity Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic.  View on PubMed
  4. 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.  View on PubMed
  5. 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.  View on PubMed
  6. Kearns CE, Urata J, Chaffee BW California Dentists' Engagement in Media Advocacy for Sugar Restriction Policies.  View on PubMed
  7. Holliday R, Chaffee BW, Jakubovics NS, Kist R, Preshaw PM Electronic Cigarettes and Oral Health.  View on PubMed
  8. Rechmann P, Le CQ, Chaffee BW, Rechmann BMT Demineralization prevention with a new antibacterial restorative composite containing QASi nanoparticles: an in situ study.  View on PubMed
  9. Scott L. Tomar, Benjamin W. Chaffee 28 Tobacco Control and Oral Health.  View on PubMed
  10. 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.  View on PubMed
  11. Gustavo G. Nascimento, Benjamin W. Chaffee Causal Inference in Oral Health Epidemiology.  View on PubMed
  12. Chaffee BW, Jacob P, Couch ET, Benowitz NL Exposure to a Tobacco-Specific Carcinogen Among Adolescent Smokeless Tobacco Users in Rural California, United States.  View on PubMed
  13. Wu TS, Chaffee BW Parental Awareness of Youth Tobacco Use and the Role of Household Tobacco Rules in Use Prevention.  View on PubMed
  14. 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.  View on PubMed
  15. 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.  View on PubMed
  16. Peres KG, Thomson WM, Chaffee BW, Peres MA, Birungi N, Do LG, Feldens CA, Fontana M, Marshall TA, Pitiphat W, Seow WK, Wagner Y, Wong HM, Rugg-Gunn AJ Oral Health Birth Cohort Studies: Achievements, Challenges, and Potential.  View on PubMed
  17. Quyen PN, Nga HT, Chaffee B, Ngu T, King JC Effect of maternal prenatal food supplementation, gestational weight gain, and breast-feeding on infant growth during the first 24 months of life in rural Vietnam.  View on PubMed
  18. Perry CL, Creamer MR, Chaffee BW, Unger JB, Sutfin EL, Kong G, Shang C, Clendennen SL, Krishnan-Sarin S, Pentz MA Research on Youth and Young Adult Tobacco Use, 2013-2018, From the Food and Drug Administration-National Institutes of Health Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science.  View on PubMed
  19. Nga HT, Quyen PN, Chaffee BW, Diep Anh NT, Ngu T, King JC Effect of a nutrient-rich, food-based supplement given to rural Vietnamese mothers prior to and/or during pregnancy on birth outcomes: A randomized controlled trial.  View on PubMed
  20. Chaffee BW, Persai D, Vora MV Interdental Cleaning and Oral Health Status in an Adult Cohort, 2015 to 2018.  View on PubMed

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