Dr. Damiano joined the College of Dentistry in 1990. He is a professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry and director of the Public Policy Center.
Dr. Damiano teaches both in the pre-doctoral and postdoctoral programs. For predoctoral students, he primarily teaches in the areas of public health, policy, legal and legislative issues, health insurance, health care delivery systems, and quality of care. For postdoctoral students, he primarily teaches research methods as well as mentors masters and doctoral level students.
Dr. Damiano provides general dental care in the College of Dentistry's Special Care Clinic.
Dr. Damiano's research focuses on access to primary dental and medical care, especially regarding maternal and child health issues; quality of care; public and private health insurance programs; and health policy. Current externally financed projects include: 1) an NIH-funded study of the early childhood dental issues; 2) a Commonwealth Fund-supported project evaluating the impact of the 2010 Health Care Reform Law on safety net providers in Iowa; 3) an evaluation of the Iowa Medicaid managed care program (MediPASS); 4) an evaluation of the IowaCare program; 5) a statewide study of the health and wellbeing of children and families in Iowa; and 6) outcomes of care for children with cleft lip and palate.
1: Askelson NM, Chi DL, Momany ET, Kuthy RA, Carter KD, Field K, Damiano PC. The Importance of Efficacy: Using the Extended Parallel Process Model to Examine Factors Related to Preschool-Age Children Enrolled in Medicaid Receiving Preventive Dental Visits. Health Educ Behav. 2015 Apr 10. pii: 1090198115580575. PubMed PMID: 25862302.
2: Darling BG, Kanellis MJ, McKernan SC, Damiano PC. Potential utilization of expanded function dental auxiliaries to place restoratives. J Public Health Dent. 2015 Mar 10. doi: 10.1111/jphd.12089. PubMed PMID: 25753611.
3: McKernan SC, Reynolds JC, Momany ET, Kuthy RA, Kateeb ET, Adrianse NB, Damiano PC. The relationship between altruistic attitudes and dentists' Medicaid participation. J Am Dent Assoc. 2015 Jan;146(1):34-41.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.adaj.2014.11.014. Epub 2014 Dec 18. PubMed PMID: 25569496.
4: Wright B, Damiano PC, Bentler SE. Assessing the capacity of Iowa's community health centers to respond to the opportunities and challenges of the Affordable Care Act. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014 Nov;25(4):2032-43. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2014.0175. PubMed PMID: 25418257.
5: Wright B, Damiano PC, Bentler SE. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act and rural health clinic capacity in Iowa. J Prim Care Community Health. 2015 Jan;6(1):61-5. doi: 10.1177/2150131914542613. Epub 2014 Aug 4. PubMed PMID: 25092474.
6: Wehby GL, Naderi H, Robbins JM, Ansley TN, Damiano PC. Comparing the Visual Analogue Scale and the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory for measuring health-related quality of life in children with oral clefts. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2014 Apr 16;11(4):4280-91. doi: 10.3390/ijerph110404280. PubMed PMID: 24743844; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4025006.
7: Chi DL, Momany ET, Jones MP, Kuthy RA, Askelson NM, Wehby GL, Damiano PC. An explanatory model of factors related to well baby visits by age three years for Medicaid-enrolled infants: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Pediatr. 2013 Oct 5;13:158. doi: 10.1186/1471-2431-13-158. PubMed PMID: 24093970; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3852856.
8: Dabit JY, Romitti PA, Makelarski JA, Tyler MC, Damiano PC, Druschel CM, Robbins JM, Caspers KM, Burnett WB. Examination of mental health status and aggravation level among mothers of children with isolated oral clefts. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2014 Jul;51(4):e80-7. doi: 10.1597/12-298. Epub 2013 Sep 18. PubMed PMID: 24047435.
9: Kuthy RA, Pendharkar B, Momany ET, Jones MP, Askelson NM, Chi DL, Wehby GL, Damiano PC. Factors affecting age at first dental exam for Medicaid-enrolled children seen at Federally Qualified Health Centers. Pediatr Dent. 2013 May-Jun;35(3):E100-6. PubMed PMID: 23756303; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4209902.
10: Kuthy RA, Kavand G, Momany ET, Jones MP, Askelson NM, Chi DL, Wehby GL, Damiano PC. Periodicity of dental recall visits for young children first seen in community health centers. J Public Health Dent. 2013 Fall;73(4):271-9. doi: 10.1111/jphd.12018. Epub 2013 Apr 9. PubMed PMID: 23574299; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4217116.
11: Tyler MC, Wehby GL, Robbins JM, Damiano PC. Separation anxiety in children ages 4 through 9 with oral clefts. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2013 Sep;50(5):520-7. doi: 10.1597/11-239. Epub 2013 Mar 1. PubMed PMID: 23451755.
12: McKernan SC, Kuthy RA, Momany ET, McQuistan MR, Hanley PF, Jones MP, Damiano PC. Geographic accessibility and utilization of orthodontic services among Medicaid children and adolescents. J Public Health Dent. 2013 Winter;73(1):56-64. doi: 10.1111/jphd.12006. Epub 2013 Jan 4. PubMed PMID: 23289856; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4114349.
13: Chi DL, Momany ET, Jones MP, Kuthy RA, Askelson NM, Wehby GL, Damiano PC. Relationship between medical well baby visits and first dental examinations for young children in Medicaid. Am J Public Health. 2013 Feb;103(2):347-54. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300899. Epub 2012 Dec 13. PubMed PMID: 23237163; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3558774.
14: Kim MJ, Damiano PC, Hand J, Denehy GE, Cobb DS, Qian F. Consumers' choice of dentists: how and why people choose dental school faculty members as their oral health care providers. J Dent Educ. 2012 Jun;76(6):695-704. PubMed PMID: 22659697.
15: Chi DL, Momany ET, Jones MP, Kuthy R, Damiano PC. Timing of first dental checkup for newly Medicaid-enrolled children with an intellectual or developmental disability. Intellect Dev Disabil. 2012 Feb;50(1):2-15. doi: 10.1352/1934-9556-50.1.2. PubMed PMID: 22316222; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3586286.
16: Chalmers JM, Kuthy RA, Momany ET, Chi DL, Bacon RA, Lindgren SD, Askelson NM, Damiano PC. Dental utilization by adult Medicaid enrollees who have indicators of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Spec Care Dentist. 2011 Jan-Feb;31(1):18-26. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-4505.2010.00174.x. Epub 2010 Dec 28. PubMed PMID: 21235610; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3439206.
17: Chi DL, Momany ET, Neff J, Jones MP, Warren JJ, Slayton RL, Weber-Gasparoni K, Damiano PC. Impact of chronic condition status and severity on dental utilization for Iowa Medicaid-enrolled children. Med Care. 2011 Feb;49(2):180-92. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0b013e3181f81c16. PubMed PMID: 21150799; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3095041.
18: Chi DL, Momany ET, Jones MP, Damiano PC. Timing of first dental visits for newly Medicaid-enrolled children with an intellectual or developmental disability in Iowa, 2005-2007. Am J Public Health. 2011 May;101(5):922-9. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2010.191940. Epub 2010 Nov 18. PubMed PMID: 21088261; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3076421.
19: Damiano PC, Tyler MC, Romitti PA, Druschel C, Austin AA, Burnett W, Robbins JM. Primary care physician experience with children with oral clefts in three states. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2010 Dec;88(12):1050-6. doi: 10.1002/bdra.20726. Epub 2010 Oct 1. PubMed PMID: 20890940.
20: Chi DL, Momany ET, Neff J, Jones MP, Warren JJ, Slayton RL, Weber-Gasparoni K, Damiano PC. Impact of chronic condition status and severity on the time to first dental visit for newly Medicaid-enrolled children in Iowa. Health Serv Res. 2011 Apr;46(2):572-95. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2010.01172.x. Epub 2010 Sep 17. PubMed PMID: 20849559; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3008760.
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Dr. Damiano is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, an honorary dental society; the Primary Care Fellowship Society; the American Dental Education Association; the American Association for Dental Research; Academy Health; the American Association of Public Health Dentistry; the American Public Health Association; the American Dental Association; and the American College of Dentists.