Academia & Research


Since launching her career at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Bennett has remained active in academics through teaching, research, and clinical mentoring. At UNC Chapel Hill, seminars focus on applying health psychology principles to oral health. Additionally, she is a highly rated speaker, bringing unique and actionable insights to stakeholders in the life sciences.

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Dr. Bennett’s research ranges from measuring patient perspectives on orthodontic treatment to HIV-related attitudes among health care providers. See below for a complete publication list:


Pittman JW, Bennett ME, Koroluk LD, Robinson SG, Phillips CL (2017). Characterizing the orthodontic patient’s purchase decision: A novel approach using netnography. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, 151(6), 1065-1072.

White MV, Goss D, Hollis K, Millar K, Silvia S, Siegel P, Bennett ME, Wooddell MJ, Hogue SL (2016). Analphyaxis triggers and treatments by grade level and staff training: Findings from the EPIPEN4SCHOOLS pilot survey. Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology, 29(2), 80-86.

Hogue, S., Bennett, M. E., Goss, D., Hollis, K., Millar, K. E., Silvia, S & White, M. V. (2015). Availability and Use of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors for The Treatment of Anaphylaxis: Results From The Epipen4schools® Survey. Value in Health18(3), A178.

Wooddell, M., Goss, D., Hollis, K., Millar, K., Silvia, S., Siegel, P., & White, M. V. (2015). Epinephrine Administration for Cases of Anaphylaxis in a US School Setting: Results from the EpiPen4Schools Survey. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology135(2), AB212.

Trotman CA, Bennett ME, Tulloch JFC (2002). Faculty recruitment, retention, and success in dental academia. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 122, 2-8.

Bennett ME, Tulloch JFC, Vig KWL, Phillips CL (2001). Measuring Orthodontic Treatment Satsifaction: Questionnaire Development and Preliminary Validation. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 61(3), 155-160.

Bennett ME. Phillips C (1999). Assessment of health -related quality of life for patients with severe skeletal disharmony: A review of the issues. Int J Adult Orthod Orthognath, 14, 56-75.

Vig KWL, Weyant RJ, O’Brien KD, Bennett ME (1999). Developing outcome measures in orthodontics that reflect patient and provider values. Seminars in Orthodontics, 5, 85-95.

Phillips C, Bennett ME, Broder HL. (1998). Dentofacial disharmony: Psychological status of patients seeking treatment consultation. Angle Orthodontist, 68, 547-556.

Bennett ME, Tulloch JFC (1999). Understanding orthodontic treatment satisfaction from the patients’ perspective: A qualitative approach. Clinical Orthodontic Research, 2, 53-61.

Bennett ME, Michaels C, O’Brien K, Weyant RJ, Phillips C, Vig, KD (1997). Measuring beliefs about orthodontic treatment: Issues and approaches. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 57, 1-9.

Phillips C, Broder H, Bennett ME. (1997). Dentofacial disharmony: Motives for seeking treatment. International Journal of Adult Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery,12, 7-15.

Phillips, C., Griffin, T., Bennett, M.E. (1995). Perception of facial attractiveness by patients, peers, and professionals. International Journal of Adult Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery, 10, 127-135.

Bennett, M.E. (1995). The psychological and social consequences of facial disfigurement in children. Facial Plastic Surgery, 11, 76-81.

Pierce, C.J., Chrisman, K., Bennett, M.E. (1995). Stress, anticipatory stress, and psychological measures related to sleep bruxism. Journal of Orofacial Pain, 9, 51-56.

Bennett, M.E., Weyant, R.J., Wallisch, J.M.,& Greene, G. (1995) Dentists attitudes toward the treatment of HIV+ patients: A national survey. The Journal of the American Dental Association, 126, 509-514.

Bennett, M.E. & Stanton, M.L. (1993). Psychotherapy for persons with craniofacial deformities: Can we treat without theory? Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Journal, 30, 406-410.

Bennett, M.E., Weyant, R.J., & Simon, M. (1993). Predictors of dental students’ belief in the right to refuse treatment to HIV+ patients. Journal of Dental Education, 57, 673-679.

Weyant, R.J., Simon, M., & Bennett, M.E. (1993). Changes in medical students’ attitudes toward the treatment of HIV infected patients. Academic Medicine, 68, 377-379.

Weyant, R.J. & Bennett, M.E. (1994). Comparing medical and dental students’ willingness to treat HIV+ patients. AIDS, 8, 117-121.

Reis, H.T., Lin, Y., Bennett, M.E. & Nezlek, J. (1993). Change and consistency in social participation during early adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 29, 633-645.

Matt, D., Sementilli, M.E.,& Burish, T.G. (1988). Denial as a strategy for coping with cancer. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 10 (2), 136-143.

Vasterling, J.J., Sementilli, M.E., & Burish, T.G. (1988). The role of exercise in reducing stress in diabetic patients. The Diabetes Educator, 14, 197-202.

Clark, M.S. & Bennett, M.E. (1992). Social psychological research on relationships and mental health. In D. Ruble, P. Costanzo, & M. Oliveri (Eds.) Basic Social Psychological Processes in Mental Health. New York: Guilford Press.

Bennett, M.E., Michaels, C., Very, D., O’Brien, K., Weyant, R.J., Dryland-Vig, K. (1995) Psychological considerations in the assessment of orthodontic treatment expectations. In Orthodontic Treatment: Outcomes and Effectiveness (J. McNamara, Ed.). The Center for Human Growth and Development, The University of Michigan: Ann Arbor.

Dryland-Vig K., Weyant, R.J., Vayda, D., O’Brien, K.D., Bennett, M.E. Strategies for developing outcome measures: A new era in orthodontics (1995). In, Prospective Studies: Do They Support Clinical Findings and the Results from Retrospective Studies? (C. Moorees & J. Ghafari, Eds.) Harvard Society for the Advancement of Orthodontics.