Janice Silverman

Assistant Director American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center

The mission of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Pediatric Oral Health Research & Policy Center is to inform and advance research and policy development that will promote optimal children’s oral health and care. Ms. Silverman was asked to focus on pediatric demographics to consider who your patients will be in the future.

Learning Objectives

Identify demographic trends, particularly of underserved children, in the US to determine who their future patients will be.

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Silverman obtained master's degrees in Labor and Industrial Relations and in Social Work as well as a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois. Her background includes over 10 years of experience in early childhood mental health, including nine years supervising and developing programs to promote positive parent-child relationships, prevent child abuse and enhance school readiness in at-risk families with young children. Prior to coming to the AAPD, she has served in a leadership capacity on various state-wide early childhood committees, including the Healthy Families Illinois Executive Committee and the Early Childhood Mental Health Subcommittee of the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership. She has presented at state-wide and national conferences on topics related to enhancing the parent-child relationship, including field presentations for the Zero to Three National Training Institute on father involvement and on working with pregnant and parenting mothers who have experienced sexual abuse. Silverman was co-author on journal article published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois. Since that time she has published various articles on early childhood and parenting issues, including a zero to three article on the integration of Infant Mental Health principals in home visiting programs. Silverman was employed by AAPD from September 2007 to December 2010 as the project manager for the AAPD Head Start Dental Home Initiative.


Interview with Janice Silverman

"In order to work with families and children, you need to know who you're working with... In order to work with such a diverse group, you really need to understand some of the barriers and challenges that these families have in obtaining good oral health, in order to enhance the oral health of the children you're working with."

Discussing the future with Janice Silverman

"As a resident... thinking about starting and building a practice is curious as to why they should be concerned with the underserved population, I would say it's not only a responsibility, but it's a necessity at this point."