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Tracy Finlayson
Title Professor
Faculty Rank Professor
Degree PhD
Institution San Diego State University
Department School of Public Health
Clusters Community Engagement
Neurological Disorders and Mental Health
Women's Health and Reproductive Biology
9245 Sky Park Ct. Suite 220
City San Diego
State CA
Postal Code 92123
Telephone 6195942739
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Title Core Investigator
Institution San Diego State University
Department Institute for Behavioral and Community Health
Title Affiliated Faculty
Institution San Diego State University
Department San Diego Prevention Research Center
Title Affiliated Investigator
Institution University of CA, San Francisco
Department Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health

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2000 University of California, Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Outstanding Senior Award
2003 National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Minority Research Supplement
2003 University of Michigan Walter J. McNerney Leadership Award
2004 National Institute of Mental Health Pre-doctoral Traineeship
2008 Delta Omega Delta Omega Honor Society inductee
2008 APHA Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award
2015 AADMD Finalist (1 of 6), American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry
2015 Center for Oral Health Isman-Fine Oral Health Leadership Fellow
2019 San Diego Health & Human Services Agency Live Well San Diego Public Health Champion

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1. Smith BJ, Helgeson M, Prosa B, Finlayson TL, Orozco M, Asgari P, Pierce I, Norman G, Aronoff-Spencer E. Longitudinal analysis of cost and dental utilization patterns for older adults in outpatient and long-term care settings in Minnesota. PLoS One. 2020; 15(5):e0232898.
2. Folayan MO, El Tantawi M, Oginni A, Adeniyi A, Alade M, Finlayson TL. Psychosocial, education, economic factors, decision-making ability, and caries status of mothers of children younger than 6?years in suburban Nigeria. BMC Oral Health. 2020 May 06; 20(1):131.
3. Folayan MO, Oginni AB, El Tantawi M, Alade M, Adeniyi AA, Finlayson TL. Association between nutritional status and early childhood caries risk profile in a suburban Nigeria community. Int J Paediatr Dent. 2020 Apr 03.
4. Laniado N, Badner VM, Sanders AE, Singer RH, Finlayson TL, Hua S, Kaste LM, Isasi CR. Social capital and periodontal disease in Hispanic/Latino adults in the United States: Results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. J Clin Periodontol. 2020 May; 47(5):542-551.
5. Sanders A, Cardel M, Laniado N, Kaste L, Finlayson T, Perreira K, Sotres-Alvarez D. Diet quality and dental caries in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. J Public Health Dent. 2020 Feb 07.
6. Folayan MO, Alade M, Adeniyi A, El Tantawi M, Finlayson TL. Association between developmental dental anomalies, early childhood caries and oral hygiene status of 3-5-year-old children in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. BMC Oral Health. 2019 12 31; 20(1):1.
7. Menegaz AM, Quevedo LÁ, Muniz LC, Finlayson TL, Ayala GX, Cascaes AM. Changes in young children''s oral health-related behaviours and caregiver knowledge: A cluster randomized controlled trial in Brazil. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2020 Feb; 48(1):81-87.
8. Finlayson TL, Cabudol M, Liu JX, Garza JR, Gansky SA, Ramos-Gomez F. A qualitative study of the multi-level influences on oral hygiene practices for young children in an Early Head Start program. BMC Oral Health. 2019 07 26; 19(1):166.
9. Cabudol MJ, Asgari P, Stamm N, Finlayson TL. Illuminating Mexican Migrant Adolescents'' Dental Access and Utilization Experiences. Community Dent Health. 2018 Nov 29; 35(4):204-210.
10. Singer RH, Stoutenberg M, Feaster DJ, Cai J, Hlaing WM, Metsch LR, Salazar CR, Beaver SM, Finlayson TL, Talavera G, Gellman MD, Schneiderman N. The association of periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease risk: Results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. J Periodontol. 2018 07; 89(7):840-857.
11. Finlayson TL, Asgari P, Dougherty E, Tadese BK, Stamm N, Nunez-Alvarez A. Child, caregiver, and family factors associated with child dental utilization among Mexican migrant families in California. Community Dent Health. 2018 May 30; 35(2):89-94.
12. Finlayson TL, Chuang E, Baek JD, Seidman R. Dental Service Utilization Among Children in the Child Welfare System. Matern Child Health J. 2018 05; 22(5):753-761.
13. Rosentrater C, Finlayson TL, Peddecord KM. Effects of California Assembly Bill 2109 in Low Vaccination Rate Counties: Are We Looking at the Right Variables? J Public Health Manag Pract. 2018 Mar/Apr; 24(2):e25-e32.
14. Delange N, Lindsay S, Lemus H, Finlayson TL, Kelley ST, Gottlieb RA. Periodontal disease and its connection to systemic biomarkers of cardiovascular disease in young American Indian/Alaskan natives. J Periodontol. 2018 02; 89(2):219-227.
15. Silveira ML, Dye BA, Iafolla TJ, Adesanya MR, Boroumand S, Youngblood ME, Salazar CR, Finlayson TL, Khambaty T, Beaver SM, Garcia AI. Cultural factors and oral health-related quality of life among dentate adults: Hispanic community health study/study of Latinos. Ethn Health. 2020 Apr; 25(3):420-435.
16. Finlayson TL, Lemus H, Becerra K, Kaste LM, Beaver SM, Salazar CR, Singer RH, Youngblood ME. Unfair Treatment and Periodontitis Among Adults in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2018 10; 5(5):1093-1106.
17. Velez D, Palomo-Zerfas A, Nunez-Alvarez A, Ayala GX, Finlayson TL. Facilitators and Barriers to Dental Care Among Mexican Migrant Women and Their Families in North San Diego County. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 10; 19(5):1216-1226.
18. Finlayson TL, Gupta A, Ramos-Gomez FJ. Prenatal Maternal Factors, Intergenerational Transmission of Disease, and Child Oral Health Outcomes. Dent Clin North Am. 2017 07; 61(3):483-518.
19. Albino J, Tiwari T, Gansky SA, Henshaw MM, Barker JC, Brega AG, Gregorich SE, Heaton B, Batliner TS, Borrelli B, Geltman P, Kressin NR, Weintraub JA, Finlayson TL, Garcia RI. The basic research factors questionnaire for studying early childhood caries. BMC Oral Health. 2017 May 19; 17(1):83.
20. Finlayson TL, Beltran NY, Becerra K. Psychosocial factors and oral health practices of preschool-aged children: a qualitative study with Hispanic mothers. Ethn Health. 2019 01; 24(1):94-112.
21. Finlayson TL. Limited Evidence Shows That a Motivational Interviewing Approach May be the Most Effective Behavioral Intervention for Reducing Dental Caries in Children. J Evid Based Dent Pract. 2017 06; 17(2):129-131.
22. Baek JD, Seidman RL, Finlayson TL. Utilization and Cost Analysis of a Chronically Ill, Newly Insured Indigent Population. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2017; 28(4):1345-1360.
23. Finlayson TL, Asgari P, Hoffman L, Palomo-Zerfas A, Gonzalez M, Stamm N, Rocha MI, Nunez-Alvarez A. Formative Research: Using a Community-Based Participatory Research Approach to Develop an Oral Health Intervention for Migrant Mexican Families. Health Promot Pract. 2017 05; 18(3):454-465.
24. Chuang E, Brunner J, Moody J, Ibarra L, Hoyt H, McKenzie TL, Binggeli-Vallarta A, Cervantes G, Finlayson TL, Ayala GX. Factors Affecting Implementation of the California Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CA-CORD) Project, 2013. Prev Chronic Dis. 2016 10 20; 13:E147.
25. Sanders AE, Sofer T, Wong Q, Kerr KF, Agler C, Shaffer JR, Beck JD, Offenbacher S, Salazar CR, North KE, Marazita ML, Laurie CC, Singer RH, Cai J, Finlayson TL, Divaris K. Chronic Periodontitis Genome-wide Association Study in the Hispanic Community Health Study / Study of Latinos. J Dent Res. 2017 Jan; 96(1):64-72.
26. Greenblatt AP, Salazar CR, Northridge ME, Kaplan RC, Taylor GW, Finlayson TL, Qi Q, Badner V. Association of diabetes with tooth loss in Hispanic/Latino adults: findings from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2016; 4(1):e000211.
27. Stapleton S, Finlayson TL, Ohmit A, Hunte HE. Correlates of past year dental health visits: findings from the Indiana black men''s health study. J Public Health Dent. 2016 03; 76(2):157-65.
28. Sanders AE, Essick GK, Beck JD, Cai J, Beaver S, Finlayson TL, Zee PC, Loredo JS, Ramos AR, Singer RH, Jimenez MC, Barnhart JM, Redline S. Periodontitis and Sleep Disordered Breathing in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Sleep. 2015 Aug 01; 38(8):1195-203.
29. Sanders AE, Campbell SM, Mauriello SM, Beck JD, Jimenez MC, Kaste LM, Singer RH, Beaver SM, Finlayson TL, Badner VM. Heterogeneity in periodontitis prevalence in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Ann Epidemiol. 2014 Jun; 24(6):455-62.
30. Finlayson TL, Gansky SA, Shain SG, Weintraub JA. Dental utilization by children in Hispanic agricultural worker families in California. J Dent Oral Craniofac Epidemiol. 2014; 2(1-2):15-24.
31. Hunte HE, Finlayson TL. The relationship between perceived discrimination and psychotherapeutic and illicit drug misuse in Chicago, IL, USA. J Urban Health. 2013 Dec; 90(6):1112-29.
32. Weintraub JA, Finlayson TL, Gansky SA, Santo W, Ramos-Gomez F. Clinically determined and self-reported dental status during and after pregnancy among low-income Hispanic women. J Public Health Dent. 2013; 73(4):311-20.
33. Hoerster KD, Butler DA, Mayer JA, Finlayson T, Gallo LC. Use of conventional care and complementary/alternative medicine among US adults with arthritis. Prev Med. 2012 Jan; 54(1):13-7.
34. Finlayson TL, Williams DR, Siefert K, Jackson JS, Nowjack-Raymer R. Oral health disparities and psychosocial correlates of self-rated oral health in the National Survey of American Life. Am J Public Health. 2010 Apr 01; 100 Suppl 1:S246-55.
35. Finlayson TL, Gansky SA, Shain SG, Weintraub JA. Dental utilization among Hispanic adults in agricultural worker families in California''s Central Valley. J Public Health Dent. 2010; 70(4):292-9.
36. Brown TT, Finlayson TL, Fulton BD, Jahedi S. The demand for dental care and financial barriers in accessing care among adults in California. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2009 Aug; 37(8):539-47.
37. Brown TT, Goryakin Y, Finlayson TL. The effect of functional limitations on the demand for dental care among adults 65 and older. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2009 Aug; 37(8):549-58.
38. Finlayson TL, Brown TT, Fulton BD, Jahedi S. Adult oral health status in California, 1995-2006: demographic factors associated with tooth loss due to disease. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2009 Aug; 37(8):561-70.
39. Finlayson TL, Siefert K, Ismail AI, Sohn W. Psychosocial factors and early childhood caries among low-income African-American children in Detroit. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2007 Dec; 35(6):439-48.
40. Finlayson TL, Siefert K, Ismail AI, Sohn W. Maternal self-efficacy and 1-5-year-old children''s brushing habits. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2007 Aug; 35(4):272-81.
41. Brown TT, Finlayson TL, Scheffler RM. How do we measure shortages of dental hygienists and dental assistants? Evidence from California: 1997-2005. J Am Dent Assoc. 2007 Jan; 138(1):94-100.
42. Siefert K, Finlayson TL, Williams DR, Delva J, Ismail AI. Modifiable risk and protective factors for depressive symptoms in low-income African American mothers. Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2007 Jan; 77(1):113-23.
43. Delva J, Tellez M, Finlayson TL, Gretebeck KA, Siefert K, Williams DR, Ismail AI. Correlates of cigarette smoking among low-income African American women. Ethn Dis. 2006; 16(2):527-33.
44. Delva J, Tellez M, Finlayson TL, Gretebeck KA, Siefert K, Williams DR, Ismail AI. Cigarette smoking among low-income African Americans: a serious public health problem. Am J Prev Med. 2005 Oct; 29(3):218-20.
45. Finlayson TL, Siefert K, Ismail AI, Delva J, Sohn W. Reliability and validity of brief measures of oral health-related knowledge, fatalism, and self-efficacy in mothers of African American children. Pediatr Dent. 2005 Sep-Oct; 27(5):422-8.
46. Finlayson TL, Moyer CA, Sonnad SS. Assessing symptoms, disease severity, and quality of life in the clinical context: a theoretical framework. Am J Manag Care. 2004 May; 10(5):336-44.
47. de Oliveira CF, Diaz RS, Machado DM, Sullivan MT, Finlayson T, Gwinn M, Lackritz EM, Williams AE, Kessler D, Operskalski EA, Mosley JW, Busch MP. Surveillance of HIV-1 genetic subtypesand diversity in the US blood supply. Transfusion. 2000 Nov; 40(11):1399-406.

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