Sandra D'Amato-Palumbo, R.D.H., M.P.S., Ed.D.

Sandra D'Amato-Palumbo Headshot
Allied Health Department

School of Health Sciences

2021 E.d.D. in Health Professions, A.T. Still University

1994 M.P.S. in Professional Studies with a concentration in Health Administration, (magna cum laude), Quinnipiac University

1981 B.S. in Dental Hygiene Education, (magna cum laude), University of Bridgeport

1980 A.S. in Dental Hygiene, (magna cum laude), University of Bridgeport

Significant Awards/Honors

Dental Hygiene Program for outstanding service in support of National Children's Dental Health Month, Connecticut State Dental Association

Certificate of Appreciation and Outstanding Service Award, The New Haven Dental Hygienists' Association, New Haven, CT

Certificate of Honor, New Haven Dental Association, CT

Distinguished Faculty Award, Dental Hygiene Program, University of New Haven

About Sandra D'Amato-Palumbo

Sandra’s scholarly achievements are varied: From publications in high-tiered professional dental journals, to published chapters and electronic media in textbooks, to national and state speaking engagements, to receiving grants and gifts, her research foci are special needs patients and pathology. The highlight of her scholarship included a visiting research scholar position at the University of Connecticut Health Center, School of Dental Medicine. For it was there that she was exposed to the conduct of clinical research, especially in the areas of head and neck cancer and the hemodialysis patient population.

Professional Memberships

Connecticut State Dental Association, Continuing Education Council

American Academy of Oral Medicine

American Dental Education Association

Delta Lambda Chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha, Dental Hygiene Honor Society, University of New Haven

American Dental Hygienists' Association, Connecticut Dental Hygienists' Association, Southeastern Dental Hygienists' Association

Licensure and Certifications

Dental Hygiene Licensure, State of CT

Select Publications

D'Amato-Palumbo, S. (2015). Dental Management of Patients with Bleeding Disorders. Dental Continuing Education Courses. Proctor & Gamble Company (Crest, Oral B). Continuing Education Units: 3 hours.

D’Amato-Palumbo, S., Kaplan, A., Diaz, P., & Lalla, R. (2013). Role of microorganisms in causing infections associated with vascular access devices in hemodialysis patients. Oral Surgery Oral Medicine Oral Pathology Oral Radiology, 115(1), 56-61. Doi: 10.1016/j.oooo.2012.08.445.

Rajesh, L., Latortue, M., Hong, C. H., Ariyawardana, A.,D’Amato-Palumbo, S. , Fischer, D. J., Martof, A., Nicolatou-Galitis, O., Patton, L. L., Elting, L. S., Spijkervet, F. K. L., & Brennan, M. T. (2010). A Systematic Review of Oral Fungal Infections In Patients Receiving Cancer Therapy. Supportive Care in Cancer, 18 (8), 985-992.

Media and Books

D’Amato-Palumbo, S., Fahy, C., & Silva, C. (2017). The University of New Haven dental hygiene program at a glance. American Dental Education Association GoDental Newsletter (2017 Winter).\

D’Amato-Palumbo, S. (2020). Organ Transplantation and Renal Disease. In D. Bowen & J. Pieren, Darby and Walsh Dental Hygiene: Theory and Practice 5th ed. (pp. 865-876). Maryland Heights, Mo: Elsevier.

D’Amato-Palumbo, S. (2017). Oral Disease. In R. Prajer & G. Gross, DH Notes: Dental Hygienist’s Chairside Pocket Guide 2nd ed. (pp. 143-188). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.

D’Amato-Palumbo, S. (2017). E-Clinical Protocols 19 and 20: Oral Health Care Management for the Patient with HIV/AIDS and Oral Health Care Management for the Patient with Cancer. In L. DeLong & N. Burkhart, General and Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist (3rd ed.). Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Service to the Institution

2000-2016: Program Director, Dental Hygiene Program, University of New Haven

2019-current: Delta Lambda Chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha, Dental Hygiene Honor Society, University of New Haven, secretary and treasurer

2019-current: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships Advisory Board, University of New Haven, member

2018-current: Faculty Affairs Committee, University of New Haven, secretary

Service to the Profession

2017 - current: Connecticut State Dental Association, Continuing Education Council, Member

2019 - current: Commission on Dental Accreditation, Site Visitor, Dental Hygiene Programs

Service to the Community

1996 - present: The New Haven Board of Education Head Start Program, New Haven, Health Advisory Committee Member

Courses Taught in the Dental Hygiene Program

DHYG 1105 Introduction to Dental Hygiene I
DHYG 1110: Introduction to Dental Hygiene II
DHYG 3330/3331: Dental Hygiene Concepts III
DHYG 3325: General & Oral Pathology
DHYG 3350/3351: Dental Hygiene Concepts IV
DHYG 4438: Dental Hygiene Research
DHYG 4556: Public Health-Community Based Instruction
DHYG 4460/4463: Advanced Dental Hygiene Concepts (lecture and clinical instructor)
DHYG 4461: Oral Medicine
DHYG 4462: Dental Hygiene Internship
DHYG 4468: Dental Hygiene Senior Project