Professor and Assistant Dean for Institutional Affairs (CoD)
Department of Bioscience Research
College of Dentistry

MEMPHIS TN 381630000
Tel: (901) 448-1211


  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Sociology
  • M.A., University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Sociology
  • B.A., State University of NY at Buffalo, Statistics

Research Keywords

Behavioral Research/*methods

Career Choice

Conflict (Psychology)
Dental Staff/*psychology
*Dentist-Patient Relations
Dentists, Women/*psychology
Decision Making
*Evidence-Based Medicine
*Interpersonal Relations
*Practice Management, Dental
Patient Acceptance of Health Care/*psychology
Personality Assessment
Students, Dental/*psychology

Research Interest/Specialty

SOTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning)

Demographic Trends in the Dental Profession

Oral Health Related Quality of Life

Dentist-Patient Interaction

Dental Anxiety

Area of teaching/subject

Biostatistics, Research Design, Survey Research, Evidence Based Dentistry, Dentist-Patient Relations


  1. Shiloah, J, Scarbecz, M, Bland, PS, Hottel, TL. A comprehensive clinical competency-based assessment in periodontics. Eur J Dent Educ, 21 (2), 86-90, 2017.
  2. Ramezani, GH, Moghadam, MM, Saghiri, MA, Garcia-Godoy, F, Asatourian, A, Aminsobhani, M, Scarbecz, M, Sheibani, N. Effect of dental restorative materials on total antioxidant capacity and calcium concentration of unstimulated saliva. J Clin Exp Dent, 9 (1), e71-e77, 2017.
  3. Iskander, M, Lou, J, Wells, M, Scarbecz, M. A poster and a mobile healthcare application as information tools for dental trauma management. Dent Traumatol, 32 (6), 457-463, 2016.
  4. Holsinger, DM, Wells, MH, Scarbecz, M, Donaldson, M. Clinical Evaluation and Parental Satisfaction with Pediatric Zirconia Anterior Crowns. Pediatr Dent, 38 (3), 192-7, 2016.
  5. Scarbecz M, Seeberg MS. The challenges of effective student reflection inn a predoctoral dental communication simulation course.. Peterkin A, Keeping Reflection Fresh (Kent State Univ Press), 152-55, 2016.
  6. Dehghan, M, Harrison, J, Langham, S, Scarbecz, M, Amini, M. Comparing comprehensive care and departmental clinical education models: students' perceptions at the university of tennessee college of dentistry. J Dent Educ, 79 (2), 133-9, 2015.
  7. Lenahan M, Wells M, Scarbecz M.. A Retrospective Study of 248 Pediatric Oral Sedations Utilizing the Combination of Meperidine and Hydroxyzine for Dental Treatment.. J Clin Pediatr Dent., 39 (5), 481-7, 2015.
  8. Wasson W, Woods MA, Holder-Ballard C, Aubertin M, Lewis MW, Ross J, Scarbecz M, Himel V.. Seeking to Understand the Reader of Interest-Your Patient-Health Literacy and Adherence Concerns for the Dentist and the Dental/Medical Team.. Journal of the Tennessee Dental Association, 95 (1), 40-8, 2015.
  9. Christian, JM, Thomas, RF, Scarbecz, M. The Incidence and Pattern of Maxillofacial Injuries in Helmeted Versus Non-Helmeted Motorcycle Accident Patients. J Oral Maxillofac Surg, 2014.
  10. Saghiri, MA, Asatourian, A, Haraji, A, Ramezani, GH, Garcia-Godoy, F, Scarbecz, M, Sheibani, N. The Influence of Endodontic Broken Stainless Steel Instruments on the Urinary Levels of Iron. Biol Trace Elem Res, 2014.
  11. Wasson, W, Scarbecz, M, Lewis, MW, Ross, J, Himel, V. "I can't understand your information sheet, doc!" Readability of limited-reach media materials for the lay population. J Tenn Dent Assoc, 93 (2), 32-40; quiz 41-2, 2014.
  12. Tanner, S, Wells, M, Scarbecz, M, McCann, BW. Parents' understanding of and accuracy in using measuring devices to administer liquid oral pain medication. J Am Dent Assoc, 145 (2), 141-9, 2014.
  13. Saghiri, MA, Sheibani, N, Garcia-Godoy, F, Asatourian, A, Mehriar, P, Scarbecz, M. Correlation between endodontic broken instrument and nickel level in urine. Biol Trace Elem Res, 155 (1), 114-8, 2013.
  14. Seeberg, MS, Scarbecz, M, Hottel, TL. An innovative behavioral science curriculum at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. J Tenn Dent Assoc, 93 (1), 31-7; quiz 38-9, 2013.
  15. Shiloah, J, Bland, PS, Scarbecz, M, Patters, MR, Stein, SH, Tipton, DA. The effect of long-term aspirin intake on the outcome of non-surgical periodontal therapy in smokers: a double-blind, randomized pilot study. J Periodontal Res, 2013.
  16. Antonelli, JR, Hottel, TL, Brandt, R, Scarbecz, M, Patel, T. The role of occlusal loading in the pathogenesis of non-carious cervical lesions. Am J Dent, 26 (2), 86-92, 2013.
  17. Lewis, MW, Wasson, W, Scarbecz, M, Aubertin, MA, Woods, M, Himel, VT. Tennessee smiles: the UT grassroots oral health outreach initiative. J Tenn Dent Assoc, 91 (4), 20-9; quiz 30-1, 2012.
  18. Scarbecz M. Nudging your patients towards oral health. J Am Dent Assoc, 143 (8), 2012.
  19. Shintaku WH, Scarbecz M, Venturin JS.. Evaluation of interproximal caries using the IPad 2 and a liquid crystal display monitor.. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol, 11 (5), e40-4, 2012.
  20. Ahuja S, Cagna D, Wicks R, Brandt R, Scarbecz M.. Immediate effect of occlusal errors on masticatory muscle activity in denture wearers: A pilot study.. Intl. J. of Experimental Dental Science., 1 (1), 1-7, 2012.
  21. Scarbecz, M, Russell, CK, Shreve, RG, Robinson, MM, Scheid, CR. Faculty development to improve teaching at a health sciences center: a needs assessment. J Dent Educ, 75 (2), 145-59, 2011.
  22. Scarbecz M, Redmond DC. (BOOK REVIEW) Dental Practice: Get in the Game.. J Dent Educ, 75 (11), 1516-17, 2011.
  23. Angel, JS, Mincer, HH, Chaudhry, J, Scarbecz, M. Cone-beam Computed Tomography for Analyzing Variations in Inferior Alveolar Canal Location in Adults in Relation to Age and Sex. J Forensic Sci, 2010.
  24. Russell CK, Shreve R, Hofmann P, Scarbecz M, Scheid C, Brescia W, Schwab C, Robinson MM. Assessing the Scholarship of Teaching on an Academic Health Science Center Campus. Transformative Dialogues: teaching and learning eJournal, 3 (3), 2010.
  25. Thomas R, Chaudhry J, Scarbecz M, Chaudhry S.. Efficacy of High-Resolution Digital Bitewings in Diagnosing Incipient Proximal Caries.. J Dent Res, 88 (A), 3346, 2009.
  26. Scarbecz M, Redmond DC. (BOOK REVIEW) Dental Practice Transition: A Practical Guide to Management.. J Dent Educ, 73 (12), 1423-4, 2009.
  27. Scarbecz M. Evidence-based dentistry resources for dental practitioners.. J Tenn Dent Assoc, 88 (2), 9-13, 2008.
  28. Welk A, Maggio MP, Simon JF, Scarbecz M, Harrison JA, Wicks RA, Gilpatrick RO. Computer-assisted learning and simulation lab with 40 DentSim units.. Int J Comput Dent., 11 (1), 17-40, 2008.
  29. Scarbecz M. (BOOK REVIEW) Critical Thinking. Understanding and Evaluating Dental Research. 2nd. Ed. Brunette, Donald Maxwell. J Dent Educ, 72 (10), 1209-10, 2008.
  30. Scarbecz, M, Ross, JA. The relationship between gender and postgraduate aspirations among first- and fourth-year students at public dental schools: a longitudinal analysis. J Dent Educ, 71 (6), 797-809, 2007.
  31. Scarbecz, M. Using the DISC system to motivate dental patients. J Am Dent Assoc, 138 (3), 381-5, 2007.
  32. Stein SH, Wendell KJ, Pabst M, Scarbecz M.. Profiling gingival crevicular fluid from smoking and non-smoking chronic periodontitis patients. J Tenn Dent Assoc, 86 (2), 20-24, 2006.
  33. Unkel JH, Brickhouse TH, Sweatman TW, Scarbecz M, Tompkins WP, Eslinger CS. A comparison of 3 routes of flumazenil administration to reverse benzodiazepine-induced desaturation in an animal model.. Pediatr Dent., 28 (Jul-Aug), 357-62, 2006.
  34. Patters, MR, Bland, PS, Shiloah, J, Blankenship, JA, Scarbecz, M. Comparison of the Hydrabrush powered toothbrush with two commercially-available powered toothbrushes. J Int Acad Periodontol, 7 (3), 80-9, 2005.
  35. Scarbecz M, Ross JA. Women in Dentistry. Current trends in practice and dental education.. Woman Dentist J., 3 (3), 18,20,22,2, 2005.
  36. Stein, SH, Green, BE, Scarbecz, M. Augmented transforming growth factor-beta1 in gingival crevicular fluid of smokers with chronic periodontitis. J Periodontol, 75 (12), 1619-26, 2004.
  37. Scarbecz, M. Enhancing relationships among dental team members: the application of research on marital interaction. J Am Dent Assoc, 135 (11), 1591-6, 2004.
  38. Tran, NH, Scarbecz, M, Gary, JJ. In vitro evaluation of color change in maxillofacial elastomer through the use of an ultraviolet light absorber and a hindered amine light stabilizer. J Prosthet Dent, 91 (5), 483-90, 2004.
  39. Lewis, MW, Holder-Ballard, C, Selders, RJ, Scarbecz, M, Johnson, HG, Turner, EW. Comparison of the use of a toothpick holder to dental floss in improvement of gingival health in humans. J Periodontol, 75 (4), 551-6, 2004.
  40. P.S. BLAND, J.A. BLANKENSHIP, J. SHILOAH, M. SCARBECZ, and M.R. PATTERS. Comparison of the Hydrabrush® Powered Toothbrush with Sonicare® and Oral-B®. J Dent Res (83 (A)), 2429, 2004.
  41. Shook, LW, Turner, EW, Ross, J, Scarbecz, M. Effect of surface roughness of cavity preparations on the microleakage of Class V resin composite restorations. Oper Dent, 28 (6), 779-85, 2003.
  42. Wu, JC, Latta, GH, Wicks, RA, Swords, RL, Scarbecz, M. In vitro deformation of acetyl resin and metal alloy removable partial denture direct retainers. J Prosthet Dent, 90 (6), 586-90, 2003.
  43. Scarbecz, M, Ross, JA. Gender differences in first-year dental students' motivation to attend dental school. J Dent Educ, 66 (8), 952-61, 2002.
  44. Wiltfang GL, Scarbecz M.. Social Class and Adolescents' Self-Esteem: Another Look.. Soc Psych Q, 53 (2), 174-83, 1990.