Dr Carrie Tsai


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Biographical details

Dr Carrie Tsai is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Dentistry. She is a paediatric dentist with teaching and public health interests. She completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at University of California, Berkeley, her dental degree at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in conjunction with her MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health (2010), where she was awarded an American Association of Public Health Dentistry Student Merit Award. Dr Tsai then went on to complete her specialty program in paediatric dentistry at the University of California, San Francisco (2013), and was concurrently accepted into the UCSF Global Health Sciences Clinical Scholars Program. She received funding to complete a health policy research thesis, for which she was recognized with a Graduate Research Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). During this time, Dr Tsai also received funding and a Student Achievement Award in Global Oral Health for work on global nutrition and oral health programs in Nepal and Honduras. In her current role she is a co-coordinator for the paediatric dentistry DMD curriculum and mentor for DMD research. She is currently is part of two Healthy Sydney University-supported initiatives to address the issue of sugary drinks on campus, and has recently secured seed funding to conduct a food environment audit at Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) hospitals. These multidisciplinary projects have allowed her to bridge the Faculty of Dentistry with a variety of University of Sydney-affiliated research institutes and the WSLHD Centre for Population Health in the effort to put the mouth back into health.

Research interests

Dr Tsai is interested in upstream factors that affect oral health, such as food environment and policy. We know that local food environments have been shown to be an independent predictor of individuals’ food choice and diet quality in developed countries. As such, she has been involved in a multidisciplinary team spanning health, law, policy and business to change the tide around sales and promotion of sugary drinks and campus and in local health districts. Related work includes a funded study to assess the food environment in WSLHD hospitals.

Dr Tsai is also interested in Indigenous Oral Health initiatives, completing a qualitative systematic review with Michelle Irving on Oral Health Programs for Indigenous Communities Worldwide.

Current projects

Oral health literacy of carers of children attending a paediatric dental department

Westmead Hospital Food Environment Audit & Consumer food survey

Associations

· American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

· Australian New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry

· International Association of Dental Research

· American Dental Association

Keywords

Paediatric Dentistry; Dental Public Health; Indigenous Oral Health; Food policy

Selected grants

2018

  • Simulated oral health electronic record platform for authentic dental education; Chen R, Wong G, Tsai C; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Tsai, C., Svensen, E., Flood, V., Probst, Y., Reilly, K., Corbett, S., Wu, J. (2018). Healthiness of food and beverages for sale at two public hospitals in New South Wales, Australia. Nutrients, 10(2:216). [More Information]
  • Tsai, C., Blinkhorn, A., Irving, M. (2017). Oral Health Programmes in Indigenous Communities Worldwide-Lessons learned from the field: A qualitative systematic review. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 45(5), 389-397. [More Information]

2018

  • Tsai, C., Svensen, E., Flood, V., Probst, Y., Reilly, K., Corbett, S., Wu, J. (2018). Healthiness of food and beverages for sale at two public hospitals in New South Wales, Australia. Nutrients, 10(2:216). [More Information]

2017

  • Tsai, C., Blinkhorn, A., Irving, M. (2017). Oral Health Programmes in Indigenous Communities Worldwide-Lessons learned from the field: A qualitative systematic review. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 45(5), 389-397. [More Information]

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