Jessica Y Lee, DDS, MPH, PhD

Chair, Pediatric and Public Health

William W. Demeritt Distinguished Professor


  • Certificate, Pediatric Dentistry, UNC Adams School of Dentistry, 2002
  • PhD, Health Policy Analysis and Administration, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 2002
  • DDS, Columbia University, 1997
  • MPH, Health Administration, Columbia University, 1997


Jessica Lee is a NIDCR National Research Service Award recipient. She is a board-certified Pediatric Dentist and an active member of the medical staff at UNC Health and practices at Carolina Dentistry with the Adams School of Dentistry.

She has authored more than 100 peer reviewed manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters. She is involved in teaching, clinical practice and research and maintains several funded research grants. Her primary research interests are in infant oral health, access to dental care for young children, and health services research.

Lee is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards including the 2008 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Jerome Miller “For the Kids” Award. In 2010, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers from President Barack Obama. In 2011, Lee was named the “Pediatric Dentist of the Year” by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Research Interests

Health services, epidemiology, health disparities, healthy literacy, access to care, behavioral science, delivery systems, health policies research, public health dentistry

Availability to Mentor

Undergraduate/college student, graduate student, undergraduate DDS or DH student, and junior faculty member