bartlett_leeanna_publichealth_2018.jpgInstructional Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences
Director of Social Services

Leeanna Bartlett is an instructional assistant professor and Director of Social Services in the Public Health Sciences Department at Texas A&M University College of Dentistry.  She attended Texas Christian University and received a B.A. degree in Education and English and a masters degree in Counseling and Psychology from East TX State University, now Texas A&M-Commerce, graduating with highest honors.  She has done post-masters coursework in Psychology and Sociology and has studied American Sign Language.  She holds both provisional teaching certification and professional counseling certification. 

Mrs. Bartlett was first a public school and community college teacher and then a caseworker in the Social Work Department at Terrell State Hospital before coming to Baylor College of Dentistry in 1982.  She serves on a number of community advisory boards, makes frequent presentations to area business and civic groups, and is the author of several journal articles.  Bartlett has a long record of serving the dental needs of the HIV+ population in the Dallas area through the active pursuit of grant funding and extensive collaboration with other agencies and organizations that serve this group.  She has written the dental college’s Ryan White Dental Reimbursement grant application and received funding since 1995, and in 2005 hers was the first dental hygiene application to be received and funded in the nation. 

Mrs. Bartlett’s office arranges the dental college’s participation in over 400 community service events each year and oversees the dental treatment of all patients referred by agencies and organizations.  The office also manages the Social Services Dental Care Fund for indigent patients.  Mrs. Bartlett became the course director for the private practice preceptorship program and the public health preceptorship program in 1997.  In 2005, she was awarded the dental college’s faculty service excellence award and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society.


  • Slide/Tape - “The Elementary School Dental Health Project.” Baylor University Center Library
  • Journal Publication - “Oral Cancer, Dental, and Dietary Assessment of a Geriatric Population.” Journal of Dental Research 63:296
  • Journal Publication - “Students Helping Students–A Community Outreach Program.” Dental Student Journal 65:8
  • Public Relations Brochure - “Guide for Prospective patients.” Baylor College of Dentistry
  • Journal Publication - “A View of the Profession, From the Baylor College of Dentistry Class of 1985-Then and Now.” The Texas Dental Journal
  • Journal Publication – “A View of the Profession: From Student to Dentist to Seasoned Veteran—A 25-year Perspective.” The Texas Dental Journal

Invited Presentations

  • “Understanding and Assisting the Geriatric Dental Patient.” University of Texas Health Science Center, Nursing Home Administration class
  • “The Occupational Health Nurse’s Role in Dental Health.” Baylor College of Dentistry. Occupational Health Nurses Association seminar
  • “Principles of Non-Directive Counseling of Dental Students.” Baylor College of Dentistry, Faculty seminar
  • “Neuropsychiatric Changes in AIDS Patients.” Trinity Valley College School of Nursing, Kaufman, TX
  • Oral Presentation - “The Voyager Program at Baylor College of Dentistry, TAMUS.” TAMUS/GTE Public School/Higher Education Partnership seminar, Ft. Worth
  • Oral Presentation - “Community Service Programs at Baylor College of Dentistry, TAMUS.” Lions Club meeting, Terrell, TX
  • Oral Presentation Program Coordinator - Baylor College of Dentistry, Past and Present.” Lunch ‘n Learn Meeting, F.D.I.C., Dallas, TX

Grants and Awards

  • HRSA Ryan White Dental Reimbursement grant for HIV+ patients—annually since 1995
  • Baylor Women’s Club award—1997-2004
  • Moran Foundation grant—1997-2004
  • Baylor Oral Health Foundation grant—1999
  • UT Southwestern DFAN Ryan White grant—annually since 2000
  • HRSA Ryan White Dental Hygiene Reimbursement grant for HIV+ patients—2005, 06, 07
  • American Dental Association grant for Katrina Hurricane victims—2005
  • Venture Six Corporation award for Katrina Hurricane victims—2005
  • Miles for Smiles Runathon grant—annually since 2009

Professional Service

  • Judge, Region X Academic Decathlon, Poteet High School, Mesquite
  • Delegate, Dallas EMA HIV/AIDS Consortium
  • Member, Dallas Urban League Planning Committee for Youth Health Exposition
  • Member, BCD Musick Fund Committee
  • Member, BCD Institutional Quality Committee
  • Delegate, Communities in Schools Seminar for Community Leaders
  • Member, TAMUS Project SUCCESS Committee, Wilmer-Hutchins I.S.D.
  • Member, BCD South Dallas Initiative Committee
  • Member, Dallas Healthy Start Board
  • Delegate, National Ryan White Foundation AIDS Conference
  • Member, TAMUS HSC Youth Tobacco Education Task Force
  • Member, Dallas-Ft. Worth Health Education Network
  • Member, Dallas County Judicial Treatment Program Advisory Board
  • Member, Garland I.S.D. Science and Technology Community Advisory Board
  • Member, Kaufman Countywide Community Partnership Board
  • Member, Garland I.S.D. New Horizons Advisory Board