Linda Kaste, PhD, DDS, MS

Associate Professor
Affiliate Associate Professor, UIC School of Public Health
UICollaboratory Profile

Research Interests

Dr. Kaste's research foci have included early childhood caries, dental workforce issues and health disparities. Her current research activities include state-level dental workforce assessment; the roles of the dental workforce in access to care and delay in detection for oral cancer and for the oral health for populations with limited access to dental care such as for underrepresented minority and HIV positive populations; and women's health related to dentistry particularly concerning the composition and education of the dental workforce.


Kaste LM, Bednarsh H. 2007. The third decade of HIV/AIDS: A brief epidemiologic update for dentistry. JCDA 73(10):941-4.

Kaste LM, Sreenivasan D, Koerber A, Punwani I, Fadavi S. 2007. Pediatric oral health knowledge of African American and Hispanic of Mexican origin expectant mothers. Pediatr Dent 29(4):287-92.

Lehew CW, Kaste LM. 2007. Oral cancer prevention and early detection knowledge and practices of Illinois dentists--a brief communication. J Public Health Dent 67(2):89-93.

Byck GR, Kaste LM, Cooksey JA, Chou CF. 2006. Dental student enrollment and graduation: a report by state, census division, and region. J Dent Educ 70(10):1023-37.

Koerber A, Peters KE, Kaste LM, Lopez E, Noorullah K, Torres I, Crawford JM. 2006. The views of dentists, nurses and nutritionists on the association between diabetes and periodontal disease: a qualitative study in a Latino community. J Public Health Dent 66(3):212-5.


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