ADEA Policy and Research Advisory Committee

The ADEA Policy and Research Advisory Committee (ADEA PRAC) provides insight and perspective to ADEA on current and emerging issues in dental education. This insight helps ensure ADEA’s educational research agenda is aligned with topics that are important to its members. The ADEA PRAC also helps inform ADEA’s annual education-related survey activities and related policy research to ensure that the information ADEA collects is timely and informative.


2020-21 Committee Members

Marcia M. Ditmyer, M.B.A., M.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Assessment and Instruction
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine


John Gallo
, D.D.S., M.S.
Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs 
Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Dentistry


Uri Hangorsky
, D.D.S., M.S.
Associate Dean for Student Life, Admissions & PASS Program
University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine


Alexander Lee
, D.M.D.
Coordinator of Dental Informatics and Associate Professor
Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine


Aristotle Lyssikatos
, D.D.S., M.S.
Program Director of the Dental Practice Residency Program
Coney Island Hospital General Practice Residency


Sonia Rocha-Sanchez, M.B.A., M.S., Ph.D. 
Assistant Dean for Research 
Creighton University School of Dentistry


Joseph Vitolo, D.M.D., M.S., Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs & Advanced Education
Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University


ADEA Board of Directors Representatives

Amy Coplen, RDH, M.S.
Board Director for Allied Dental Program Directors
Dental Hygiene Program Director
Pacific University

R. Lamont MacNeil, D.D.S., M.D.S.
Immediate Past Chair of the Board
Professor of Dental Medicine and Dean Emeritus
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

Gregory M. Ness, D.D.S.
Board Director for Advanced Education Programs
Program Director, OMS
The Ohio State University College of Dentistry


ADEA Staff

Emilia Istrate, Ph.D.
ADEA Senior Vice President of Policy and Educational Research
IstrateE@adea.org