Laura M. Romito, DDS, MS, MBA

Laura M. Romito, DDS, MS, MBA
Laura M. Romito, DDS, MS, MBA

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical and Applied Sciences
Associate Professor and Director, Nicotine Dependence Program
Associate Director for Faculty Development and Curriculum, Interprofessional Practice & Education Center, Indiana University

Contact Info

Phone  (317) 278-6210
Fax        (317) 278-1411

Office Address

Indiana University School of Dentistry
Department of Biomedical and Applied Sciences
1121 W. Michigan Street, Room 235
Indianapolis, Indiana  46202


Papers Published in Refereed Journals

1.            Addicks S, McNeil D, Randall C, Goddard A, Romito L, Sirbu C, Kaushal G, Metzger A, WeaverB. Distress tolerance as a novel predictor of dental care-related fear and anxiety. JDR Clinical & Translational Research. 2017. 2:304-311. doi: 10.1177/2380084417691962.

2.            Davis J, Arnett M, Loewen J, Romito L, Gordon S. Tobacco Dependence Education: A survey of U.S. and Canadian dental schools. J Am Dent Assoc. 2016 Jun;147(6):405-12. doi: 10.1016/j.adaj.2015.12.012. Epub 2016 Feb 5. 

3.            Coan L. Windsor LJ, Romito L. Increasing Tobacco Intervention by Oral Practitioners in Indiana. Journal of Dental Hygiene. 2015; 89(3);190-201.

4.            Svetanoff J, Romito L, Ford P, Palenik CJ, Davis J. Tobacco Dependence Education in US Dental Assisting Programs’ Curricula. Dent Educ 2015 Apr; 79(4):378-387.

5.            Romito L, Hurwich R, Eckert J. A snapshot of the depiction of electronic cigarettes in YouTube videos. Am J Health Behav. 2015 Nov;39(6):823-831.

6.            Dharmadhikari S, Romito L, Dzemidzic M, Dydak U, Xu J, Bodkin CL, Manchanda S, Byrd KE. GABA and glutamate levels in occlusal splint-wearing males with possible bruxism. Arch Oral Biol. 2015 Jul;60(7):1021-9.

7.            Biener L, Hatsukami D, O'Connor RJ, Loukas A, Roman A, Bolcic-Jankovic D, McInerney S,  Romito L. Snus Use and Rejection in the United States.Tob Control 2014;0:1–7.

8.            Gushrowski B, Romito L.  Faculty Perceptions of Webcasting in Health Sciences Education Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology (JoTLT). Vol 3 (1). June 2014:72-89.

9.            Romito L. ,Schrader S. ,Zahl D. Experiential Learning and OSCEs to Teach and Assess Tobacco Dependence Education.  J Dent Educ 2014 May;78(5):703-13.

10.         Romito L. Saxton MK.  Impact of Promotions on Awareness, Trial, and Likelihood of Trial of New Dissolvable Tobacco. Am J Health Promot. 2014 Mar-Apr;28(4):251-8     

11.         Arnett MR, Loewen JM, Romito LM. Use of Social Media by Dental Educators. J Dent Educ 2013; 77(11):1402-12.

12.         Romito L., Kouchak F, Soofi A, Fakheri S, Akarian M. Cigarette Smoking Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Iranian Health Professions Students of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran 2011. J Dent Oral Health.2013 Vol1:1-8.

13.         Askarian M, Kouchak F, Youssef M, Romito LM. Comparing Tobacco Use Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices between Engineering Students at a Public and Islamic Azad University in Shiraz, Iran- 2011 Int J Preventive Med 2013; 4(10):1154-61.

14.         Svetanoff E, Romito L, Palenik C. Blood Contamination of Used Dental Anesthetic Cartridges.   General Dentistry March /April 2013;61(2):32-36.

15.          Abdollabifard G,  Vakiili V, Danaei M, Askarian M, Romito L, Palenik CJ. Are the predictors of hookah smoking different from those of cigarette smoking?   International Journal of Preventive Medicine  2013 April; 4(4):459-66.

16.         Romito L, Budyn C, Oklak, M, Gotlib J, Eckert J. Tobacco Use Patterns and Relationship to 3isease Risk in two Dental Clinic Populations and Assessment of a Targeted Intervention. General Dentistry. Sep/Oct 2012;60(5): 326-333. 

17.         Gregson K, Romito L. Using the Patient’s Medication History as a Learning Tool in Clinical Pharmacology Instruction. J Dent Educ 2012; 76(11):1482-1490.

18.         Romito L., Eckert G. Relationship of Biomedical Science Content Acquisition Performance to Students' Level of PBL Group Interaction:  Are Students Learning During PBL Group?   J Dent Edu 2011 May; 75 653-664

19.         Romito L., Saxton MK, Coan L, Christen AG. Retail Promotions and Perceptions of R.J. Reynolds’ Novel Dissolvable Tobacco in a U.S. Test Market Harm Reduction J 2011 May 15; 8(1): 10. 

20.         Westergard E, Palenik C, Kowolik M, Romito L. Bacterial Contamination of Dental Impression Guns  J Am Dent Assoc 2011;142 1269-1274.  

21.         Wong D, Dzemidzic M, Talavage T, Romito L, Byrd K. Motor control of jaw movements: An fMRI Study of Parafunctional Clench and Grind Behavior.  Brain Res. 2011; Apr 6;1383:206-17.   

22.         Patel A., Blanchard S., Christen A., Bandy R., Romito L.  A Survey of U.S. Periodontists' Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors Related to Tobacco Cessation Interventions.  Journal of Periodontology  Mar 2011; 82(3): 367-76.

23.         Romito, L.M., McDonald, J., Chapter 12:  "Nutritional Considerations for the Pediatric Dental Patient".  In: Dentistry for the Child and Adolescent.  Dean J.A., Avery D.R., and McDonald R.E., eds.  Mosby/Elsevier:  St. Louis. 2011.

24.         Gregson, K., Romito L., Garetto L.  Students' Attitudes Toward Integrating Problem Based Learning into a DDS Pharmacology curriculum. J. Dent Edu.  201- May;74 (5):489-98.

25.         Byrd K.E., Romito L., Dzemidzic M., Wong D. and Talavage T. T.   MRI Study of Brain Activity Elicited by Oral Parafunctional Moevments.  J Oral Rehab. 2009:36(5): 346-361.

26.         Coan L, Christen A., Romito L.M.  Implementation of a Tobacco Cessation Program Within the Dental Hygiene Curricula.  J Dent Edu June 2007;71(6):776-84.

27.         T. Rodriguez, A. Galka, , E. Lacy, N. Sweier, A. Pelligrini, L. Romito. Can Midlevel Dental Providers be a Benefit to the Dental Profession and the American Public? Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved.  2013 May;24(2):892-906


Research Interest

Interprofessional Practice and Education and Health Promotion. Specific areas of interest include addictions, tobacco dependence education, clinical tobacco dependence treatment, patient safety, nutrition, integration of clinical and biomedical sciences, and collaborative practice and education across professions.