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Beatriz Hicks M.A., RDH

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RESEARCH

Beatriz Hicks is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontics, Division of Dental Hygiene. She received her Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has 28 years of teaching experience at this University.

As an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine and in collaboration with the Department of Dental Hygiene she was a Co-Principal Investigator for the Geriatric Dental Hygiene Education component of a federally-funded grant (including experience with a supplemental grant), for the South, West & Central Consortium Geriatric Education Center of Texas, in collaboration with the Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health. Her experience with the grants allowed her the opportunity to train dental hygiene students in geriatric assessments and in the delivery of oral health services in long term care facilities. In addition, she was able to develop Geriatric courses at the Master’s level. Currently, she serves as the dental hygiene rotation supervisor at the UT Geriatric clinic Dental School Center for Oral Health and Research.

She has extensive experience in public health and worked as the Project Coordinator of a federally funded grant given by the US DHHS Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Office of Head Start, the program was titled “Oral Health Initiative Project.” This grant was in collaboration with the UT Health Science Center Department of Dental Hygiene, the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health, Dental Division and Parent Child Incorporated. The preventive oral health project included the development of a Head Start program in San Antonio to provide Head Start children with limited dental screenings and follow-up services for children at risk with urgent dental needs. The grant created a fluoride varnish program that includes student rotations for dental and dental hygiene students who provide preventative services to Head Start children.

Her interests include oral health across the lifespan. She regularly gives professional and community-based presentations on topics such as Head Start, geriatrics, community oral health, veterinary oral health, and nutrition. She is a member of Sigma Phi Alpha National Dental Hygiene Society and the treasurer of the Beta Sigma Chapter in San Antonio. She is also a member of Alpha Eta Society, a society dedicated to the service of Allied Health Professionals.

Selected Publications:

Electronic/Web Publication:

Wappes, Brittany, Hicks, Beatriz, Nguyen, Carol. Denture and Partial Care San Antonio, Texas: Morningside Ministries; 2015 Mar. Available from: www.mmlearn.org

Wappes, Brittany,Hicks, Beatriz, Nguyen, Carol. Dental Hygiene Care: Toothbrush Modifications for Patient‘s with Dexterity Needs San Antonio, Texas: Morningside Ministries; 2015 Mar.

Valentic, Bree, Hicks, Beatriz, Nguyen, Carol. Building Trust San Antonio, Texas: Morningside Ministries; 2015 Mar. Available from: www.mmlearn.org

Galicki, Nina, Hicks, Beatriz, Nguyen, Carol. Denture Adhesives San Antonio, Texas: Morningside Ministries; 2015 Mar. Available from: www.mmlearn.org

Galicki, Nina, Hicks, Beatriz, Nguyen, Carol. Oral Care of the Dementia Patient San Antonio, Texas: Morningside Ministries; 2015 Mar. Available from: www.mmlearn.org

Valentic, Bree, Hicks, Beatriz, Nguyen, Carol. Identifying Normal Oral Structures, Cancers, and Suspicous Lesions San Antonio, Texas: Morningside Ministries; 2015 Mar. Available from: www.mmlearn.org

Journal Articles

Conn R, Warren-Morris D, Prihoda T, Hernandez E, Hicks BM. Comparison of two manual toothbrushes in effectiveness of plaque removal: A pilot study Journal of Dental Hygiene 2017 Apr;91(2):32-39.

Taverna M, Nguyen C, Hicks B. Oral Hygiene and Self-Care in Older Adults with Dementia Generations 2016 Nov;40(3):43-48.

Delgado A, Prihoda T, Nguyen C, Hicks B, Smiley LA, Taverna M.. Professional Caregivers‘ Oral Care Practices and Beliefs for Elderly Clients Aging in Place Journal of Dental Hygiene 2016 Aug;90(4):244-248.

Galicki,Nina; Hicks, Beatriz; Nguyen,Carol; Valentic,Bree; Waapes,Brittany. Online Training for Nursing Staff to Improve the Oral Health Quality of Senior Residents American Dental Hygienist Association Access Journal 2016 Aug:12-13.

Bain C McComas M Taverna M Hicks BM Wright R. Educational Deficiencies Recognized by Independent Practice Dental Hygienists and their Suggestions for Change Journal of Dental Hygiene 2015 Dec;88(6):373-379.

Bain C McComas M Taverna M Hicks BM Wright R. Educational Deficiencies Recognized by Independent Practice Dental Hygienists and their Suggestions for Change Journal of Dental Hygiene 2015 Dec;88(6):373-379.

Hicks Beatriz, Maldonado, Stacy, Martinez, Liza, Nixon, Adriene, Tigges, Brandon, and Wallace, Juanita. A Collaborative Project in Veterinary Oral Health American Dental Hygienists‘ Access Journal 2010 Dec:10-18.


Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Periodontics 

Community Course Director 

Education

M.A., Adult Higher Education, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1992

B.S., Allied Health Education, Incarnate Word College, 1988

Certificate, Dental Hygiene, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 1986

Contact

Phone: (210) 567-3825

Email: hicksb@uthscsa.edu