Carol Kunzel

Assoc Professor of Clinical Dental Community Health and Clinical Sociomedical Sciences
Director, Office of Research Adminisration
College of Dental Medicine, 630 W. 168th St., New York NY 10032 - PH 17 West Room 303,United States
+1 212 305 1405
  • Social & Behavioral Science
Key word or phrase descriptors for area of expertise: 
Access to care for for the elderly, patient-provider communication, knowledge dissemination and utilization, management of the HIV+ patient & the diabetic patient

Dr. Kunzel is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Dental Community Health and Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at the College of Dental Medicine and the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.  In a number of funded studies with colleagues in dentistry over the past 20 years, she has used quantitative research methodology to investigateproblems in 1) the measurement of dentists' clinical behaviors and implementation of practice guidelines, including the prevention of infective endocarditis and adherence to infection control guidelines, with a focus on the translation of scientific knowledge into practice; 2) the assessment of predictors of dentists’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviorwith respect to dentists' management of vulnerable patients, including patients at risk for infective endocarditis and HIV-infected patients, and 3) the development of collaborative models of care between dentistry and medicine, with a particular focus on the identification of undiagnosed diabetic patients in the dental setting.  In addition over the past 10 years, in a number of funded studies with colleagues in sociology, social psychology, and public health, she has used qualitative methods to investigate patients’ management of oral and systemic chronic disease, oral symptom interpretation and management, and access to care for vulnerable populations.  In the course of these investigations Dr. Kunzel has acquired considerable methodological expertise involving the development of telephone and mail surveys for national, NYS, and NYC sample of dentist practitioners, and the design and conduct of qualitative interview guides and in-depth questionnaires assessing the management of oral health symptoms and coping strategies among adults in Central Harlem and Northern Manhattan, New York City.

Education/Training - Institution/ Location/ Degree: 
New York University, New York, NY, PhD, MA
Principal Investigator (MPI), NIDCR and Office of the Director, NIH (OD) Grant #R01 DE023072, “Integrating Social and Systems Science Approaches to Promote Oral Health Equity,” 9/1/12 - 8/31/17.
Co-Investigator, NIDCR Grant #R01 DE019615, “HIV Testing in Dental Care Settings,” 8/1/12 - 7/31-2013, 8/1/09–7/31/2012-Consultant.
Principal Investigator (MPI), Colgate Palmolive, “Integrating Diabetes Screening in Dental Care Settings,” 11/01/2010-4/30/2012.
Mentoring - Completed Student Projects: 
Jonathan Elmore, Dental Services at Harlem United: Influences on Oral Health Quality of Life, Birnberg 2012
Ryan Lemke, Assessment of Patient Response to HIV and Oral Health Educational Brochure Available at Harlem United Dental Clinic, Birnberg 2012
Carolyn Lubrano, A Survey of Upstate New York Pediatricians Regarding Caries Risk Assessment and Fluoride Supplementation. Birnberg 2012
Selected Peer-reviewed Publications - Three selected citations: 

Schrimshaw EW, Siegel K, Wolfson NH, Mitchell DA, Kunzel C.  Insurance-related barriers to accessing dental care among African American adults with oral health sympt oms in Harlem, New York City.  American Journal of Public Health 101 (8): 1420-1428, 2011.

Lalla E, Kunzel C, Burkett S, Cheng B, Lamster IB.  Identification of unrecognized diabetes and pre-diabetes in a dental setting.  Journal of Dental Research 90 (7): 855-860, 2011.

Northridge, ME, Chakroborty B, Kunzel C, Metcalf S, Marshall S, Lamser IB.  What contributes to self-rated oral health among community-dwelling older adults?  Findings from the ElderSmile Program.  J Public Health Dent 72: 235-245, 2012.  PubMed PMID: 22316102.

Lamster IB, Kunzel C, Lalla E. Diabetes mellitus and oral health care: Time for the next stpe.  J Am Dent Assoc., 143 (3): 208-10, Mar. 2012.  PubMed PMID: 22383195.