Lisa Berens, DDS, MPH

School Oral Health Program
Department of Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences
+1 415 476-2532
School-based Programs

Dr. Berens graduated dental school at University of California at San Francisco, School of Dentistry (UCSF) and obtained her Masters in Public Health (MPH) at University of California Berkeley. She completed a residency in Dental Public Health at UCSF and is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health. She has been researching the implementation of an oral health promotion intervention for pregnant women attending group prenatal care. These studies are supported by the NIH/NIDCR and the UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children's Oral Health (CAN DO).

She teaches in the School of Dentistry's 1st and 2nd year curriculum, and also lectures within the School of Nursing and School of Medicine about integrating oral health into overall health. Currently, she is co-leading the San Francisco Children's Oral Health Collaborative which oversees the implementation of San Francisco children's oral health strategic plan–a UCSF CTSI San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership (SF HIP) initiative.


Dental Hygienists' Knowledge Regarding Dental Implant Maintenance Care: A national survey.

Journal of dental hygiene : JDH

Zellmer IH, Couch ET, Berens L, Curtis DA

A novel approach for effective integration of new faculty leadership.

Journal of healthcare leadership

Hastings NB, Centore LS, Gansky SA, Finzen FC, White JM, Wong E, Marshall GW, Chung L, Kalenderian E

Importance of Content and Format of Oral Health Instruction to Low-income Mexican Immigrant Parents: A Qualitative Study.

Pediatric dentistry

Chang CP, Barker JC, Hoeft KS, Guerra C, Chung LH, Burke NJ

Integrating a Nurse-Midwife-Led Oral Health Intervention Into CenteringPregnancy Prenatal Care: Results of a Pilot Study.

Journal of midwifery & women's health

Adams SH, Gregorich SE, Rising SS, Hutchison M, Chung LH

Achieving Health Equity Through Community Engagement in Translating Evidence to Policy: The San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership, 2010-2016.

Preventing chronic disease

Grumbach K, Vargas RA, Fleisher P, Aragón TJ, Chung L, Chawla C, Yant A, Garcia ER, Santiago A, Lang PL, Jones P, Liu W, Schmidt LA

Sociodemographic disparities and behavioral factors in clinical oral health status during pregnancy.

Community dentistry and oral epidemiology

Chung LH, Gregorich SE, Armitage GC, Gonzalez-Vargas J, Adams SH

Giving policy some teeth: routes to reducing disparities in oral health.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Fisher-Owens SA, Barker JC, Adams S, Chung LH, Gansky SA, Hyde S, Weintraub JA

Recruiting and retaining pregnant women from a community health center at the US-Mexico border for the Mothers and Youth Access clinical trial.

Clinical trials (London, England)

Ramos-Gomez F, Chung LH, Gonzalez Beristain R, Santo W, Jue B, Weintraub J, Gansky S

Oral health status of San Francisco public school kindergarteners 2000-2005.

Journal of public health dentistry

Chung LH, Shain SG, Stephen SM, Weintraub JA

Publicizing Public Health Issues through the Print Media.

Asian American and Pacific Islander journal of health

Chung L