Dr. Molly Melbye received her BA in Business Administration (1998), and DDS (2006) from the University of Washington. She is currently an NRSA Post-Doctoral Senior Fellow in Dental Public Health Sciences in the School of Dentistry. After working primarily as a public health clinician since graduation, she returned to the School of Dentistry in 2010 to pursue Oral Health Disparities Research full time under the T32 Interdisciplinary Oral Health Research training grant. As part of the training grant, Dr. Melbye is enrolled in a Master of Public Health program in Health Services concentrating in Health Systems and Policy. Her research interests include disparities in access to dental care faced by foster children and other vulnerable populations.
Dr. Melbye’s research projects include a Key Informant Interview study “Determinants of Dental Care for Foster Children in Washington State,” and a subsequent project “Access to Dental Care for Foster Children: Identifying Factors that Influence Access to Care.” As part of her thesis, she is researching the utilization and expenditures of Foster Children in Washington State in order to identify barriers to oral health care.
A staff dentist at the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the School of Dentistry, Dr. Melbye continues her clinical practice part time with the treatment of fearful dental patients. She is also a long-time volunteer with the University of Washington Dental Student Clinics, including the quarterly Longview Dental Clinic and the 45th Street Homeless Clinic where she currently serves as an attending dentist.
Molly L. R. Melbye, DDS
NRSA Senior Fellow
Dental Public Health Sciences
Box 357475 B-509, Health Sciences Bldg.
Office: 206 545-2278
Fax: 206 545-2453