Maryam received her dentistry degree (D.M.D.) from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran and her M.Sc. in Dental Sciences and Ph.D. in Oral Health Sciences from the University of British Columbia in Canada. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Education and received a certificate in "Teaching in Higher Education" from the Teaching and Academic Growth (TAG) at the University of British Columbia in Canada.
Maryam has been involved for most of her academic career with the oral health needs of young children - as an educator, a researcher, and a practitioner. After completion of her postgraduate training in UBC, she joined the University of Alberta as an Assistant Professor. As a result of her postgraduate training, she became well-versed in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. She established a research program in collaboration with different stakeholders including researchers from other disciplines, community organizations working with marginalized populations, and government. The mission of her program is to improve the oral health of children through collaborations directed at prevention, education, and advocacy. The vision is that through collaborations and partnerships, all high-risk children of marginalized communities will receive similar oral health care as the general population. Her research team including graduate and undergraduate students, research assistants, and clinical faculty colleagues explores psycho-social determinants of oral health, barriers to access to dental care, and feasibility of implementing community-based oral health promotion programs responsive to unique needs of different societal subgroups. She has been engaged in over 25 funded research projects, which resulted in more than 50 peer-reviewed published original research papers mainly in the field of children’s oral health.
- Psychosocial determinants of children’s oral health
- Marginalized populations
- Dental education
- Psychosocial determinants of oral health of children from marginalized populations
- Factors affecting utilization of dental services and patient’s adherence to preventive measures
- Relapse after a comprehensive oral rehabilitation under general anesthesia for early childhood caries
- Dental students' views on problem-based learning in an integrated curriculum
Honours & Awards
Gibb Award for scholarly teaching, University of Alberta, 2013
Tier II Clinical Mentoring Award nomination, University of Alberta, 2011
TLEF Professional Development award, University of Alberta, ($5,000), 2010
Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR –IMHA) Student Research Awards, first place in Senior Clinical Research category, ($1500), 2007
Teaching Assistant Award, University of British Columbia, ($1000), 2006
British Columbia Medical Services Foundation (BCMSF) pre-doctoral fellowship award, ($20,000), 2004
William W. Wood Memorial scholarship, 2003
Network for Canadian Oral Health Research (NCOHR), Co-Investigator, Modelling the Interaction of Multidimensional Risk Factors in Caries Disparity, PI: Dr. Elham Emami, university of Montreal, $30,000, January 2014.
CIHR Knowledge Dissemination Grant, Principal Investigator (100%): Addressing oral health inequalities among children of newcomers: lessons learned from a community-based research; ($24,386), Oct 2013.
The Fund for Dentistry, Principal Investigator (100%), Factors affecting the utilization of dental services during pregnancy, ($4,500), May 2013.
CIHR Planning Grant, Principal Investigator (100%), Addressing barriers to improving the oral health of children of recent newcomer families, ($21,831), March 2013.
The Worldwide Universities Network – Research Development Fund, Co-investigator, Reducing inequality in oral health, (£10,000), 2012. University of Alberta matched funding for the Worldwide Universities Network – Research Development Fund, ($2,500), 2012.
Green Shield Canada (GSC) Community Giving Program, Co-Principal Investigator (80%), Early childhood dental health among South Asian newcomers: a community-based knowledge translation project, ($5,000), 2012.
Alberta Human Services, Principal Investigator (100%): Barriers to utilization of dental services for children among low income families in Alberta, ($3,050), 2012.
Alberta Innovates Health Solution, Knowledge Translation Grant, Principal Investigator (100%): “Early childhood dental health among African newcomers: a community-based knowledge translation project”, ($25,000), Nov 2011.
Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research (ACCFCR) SEED Grant, Principal Investigator (100%): Understanding the role of Social Capital in oral health of young Aboriginal children, ($9,980), 2011.
Prairie Metropolis Centre, Principal Investigator (100%): Psychological Barriers to Prevention of Early Childhood Caries (ECC) in African Immigrant Families, ($20,000) 2010.
Alberta Employment & Immigration Grant, Principal Investigator (100%), Utilization of dental services for children among low income families in Alberta, ($5,000) 2009.
The Fund for Dentistry, Principal Investigator (100%), University of Alberta, ($2,250) 2007.