Colleen E. Huebner

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Professor, Health Services
Adjunct Professor, Pediatric Dentistry


MPH   University of Washington, 1994   (Epidemiology)
PhD   University of Washington, 1991   (Psychology)
BS   University of Washington, 1980   (Psychology)

Contact Info


office:   F-351B, Health Sciences Building

University of Washington
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195

campus box:   357230
voice:   206-685-9852
fax:   206-616-8370


Colleen Huebner's research and teaching expertise integrate three overlapping areas in public health and child development. They are: (1) the development of language and emotion regulation and the constitutional and social factors that can influence these processes; (2) parent-child interaction and family functioning during first five years of life; and (3) the design and evaluation of appropriate interventions for children and families at-risk for poor outcomes due to experiential or environmental factors including poverty, low parental education or maternal mental illness. Dr. Huebner is an adjunct member of the faculty of the School of Dentistry and co-Director of the Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities. She is also a Research Associate with the Center for Human Development & Disability.

Design, delivery and evaluation of preventive interventions with young children and families; social bases of language; cognitive and emotional development in normal and at-risk children; language and literacy development; parents' health literacy

Collett BR, Huebner CE, Seminario AL, Wallace E, Gray KE, Speltz ML. Observed child and parent toothbrushing behaviors and child oral health. Int J Paediatr Dent. 2015 Jul 4. doi: 10.1111/ipd.12175. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 26148197

Cruz S, Chi DL, Huebner CE. Oral health services within community-based organizations for young children with special health care needs. Spec Care Dentist. 2016 Mar 29. doi: 10.1111/scd.12174. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 27028954

Riedy CA, Weinstein P, Mancl L, Garson G, Huebner CE, Milgrom P, Grembowski D, Shepherd-Banigan M, Smolen D, Sutherland M. Dental attendance among low-income women and their children following a brief motivational counseling intervention: A community randomized trial. Soc Sci Med. 2015 Nov;144:9-18. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.09.005. Epub 2015 Sep 8.  PMID: 26372934    PMCID: PMC4610142

Cunha-Cruz J, Milgrom P, Shirtcliff RM, Bailit HL, Huebner CE, Conrad D, Ludwig S, Mitchell M, Dysert J, Allen G, Scott J, Mancl L. Population-centered Risk- and Evidence-based Dental Interprofessional Care Team (PREDICT): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2015 Jun 20;16:278. doi: 10.1186/s13063-015-0786-y.  PMID: 26091669    PMCID: PMC4475615

Nelson TM, Huebner CE, Kim A, Scott JM, Pickrell JE. Parent-reported distress in children under 3¬†years old during preventive medical and dental care. Eur Arch Paediatr Dent. 2014 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 25514877    PMCID: PMC4470890

Member, thesis committee for Miranda Davis
Association between dental caries and socioeconomic status among one to five-year-old Native American children

Member, thesis committee for Caitlin Rothermel
The influence of work patterns, social support, and sociodemographics on stress, anxiety, and depression among socioeconomically advantaged women with young children

Chair, thesis committee for Jane Stieber
Parents' use of Benzocaine for oral pain in young children

Member, thesis committee for David Avenetti
Assessing the relationship between caregivers' pediatric oral health literacy and children's caries status

Chair, thesis committee for James Cannava
The effect of community-based externships on host sites: A survey of staff dentists at Washington State Community Clinics

Member, thesis committee for Molly Melbye
Children in foster care in the State of Washington: Dental service utilization and expenditures

Chair, thesis committee for Sabrina Sanchez
Health-related quality of life in children with intestinal failure

Oral Health Equity in Alaska (OHEAL): Implementation and Evaluation of Delivery System Changes to Reduce Oral Health Disparities for Native American Children
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
PI:   Silva           Dates:    9/1/2015 - 8/31/2020

Parent-Focused Intervention to Improve Oral Health in Young Children
Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute
PI:   Huebner           Dates:    9/1/2012 - 8/31/2013

Northwest/Alaska/Hawaii Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Milgrom           Dates:    6/1/2012 - 5/31/2013

Parent-Focused Intervention to Improve Oral Health in Young Children
Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute
PI:   Huebner           Dates:    12/1/2011 - 8/31/2013

Northwest/Alaska/Hawaii Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Milgrom           Dates:    8/1/2008 - 7/31/2015

Healthy Steps for Young Children in HMO

This project,with Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, evaluates a program of expanded prenatal and pediatric health services for families with young children (birth to age 3 years). This project is part of the National Health Steps for Young Children study; it is unique in adding a prenatal component to the national, multi-state project.

Learning Links I: A county-based approach to support young children

The purpose of Learning Links is to translate findings from experimental research to create a series of developmentally-timed, community-based interventions that support children's progress toward school readiness over the years of 2 to 5. Current research evaluates 3 different modes of delivering information to parents about how to promote early language development through shared reading. The study is supported by funding from the University of Washington's Center on Mind, Brain and Learning.