I have a dental degree from the University of Chile, and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. In 1992, I completed a residency program in dental public health at the Epidemiology and Oral Disease Prevention Program of the National Institute if Dental and Craneo-facial Research form the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda (NIH/NIDCR), Maryland, USA. In January 1997, I completed my PhD dissertation at the University of Melbourne.
I am Principal Research Fellow at the CRC-OHS, The University of Melbourne. I previously worked as a Senior Lecturer at the School of Health, University of New England (Armidale, NSW), where I coordinated and taught, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, courses in Research Methods, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics. I have also been a consultant to the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in Washington, DC.
Since 2000, I have been successful in attracting 14 research grants, and two course development grants. These grants were to conduct research in the fields of gerontology, oral health, epidemiology, health promotion, higher education and public health, representing a total of over a million dollars. In addition, I obtained one publication grant. In the last ten years, I have (co)authored a total of 38 research papers published in national and international journals. All of these are prestigious Australian and international journals in the field of public health, dentistry and population oral health. I have participated in more than 30 international conferences.
Most of my research activities have been highly independent in their conception, representing new areas of work and, at times, the first, as well as the largest surveys of oral health in migrants ever undertaken in Australia. As such, my research work has expanded the areas of expertise, reputation and international profile of the organizations involved (i.e., University of Melbourne, UNE, Dental He