UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Mungia, Rahma

Dental School
(210) 562-5685

Dr. Rahma Mungia BDS, MSc, DDPHRCS, Assistant Professor, at the University of Texas Health San Antonio (UTHSA), Department of Periodontics, began her full-time career in 2000. Dr. Mungia is a Dental Public Health professional with over 15 years of experience. Her professional strengths are in Health Service Research, Community Based Participatory Research, Practice-Based Research, Public Health and Project Management. Dr. Mungia earned her dental degree from KLE Institute India in 2000. She earned her master?s degree from University of London, United Kingdom in 2002. In 2005, she also completed her Dental Public Health Residency program in Developmental (Community) Dentistry from UTHSA. Prior to her master?s degree Dr. Mungia practiced general dentistry for 2 years. Currently Dr. Mungia serves as the Director for South Texas Oral Health Network (STOHN) a local Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) supported by the Community Translation Science Award (CTSA) and the Deputy Director for the Southwest Region of the National Dental PBRN supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). As a Director of the local PBRN (STOHN), Dr. Mungia is responsible for overseeing all the network activities and the validity of the research methods used for STOHN studies. As the Deputy Director of Southwest Region, Dr. Mungia is responsible for overall administrative oversight, supervision of the regional coordinators and strategic management of the regional component in alignment with the National Network. Dr. Mungia also oversees local and network level regulatory communications and submissions for all studies. In addition, she also supports the Regional Director (Dr. David L. Cochran) directly in study concept development budget management and regional survey quick poll development. The STOHN and Southwest Region of the National Dental PRBN have succeeded in engaging 1,300 private dental practitioners in research in five states across the United States. In 2010, the CTSA PBRN Resource center awarded Dr. Mungia, the Research Excellence Award by for her leadership role as the Director of STOHN network and the successful establishment of the Network. Dr. Mungia engages in teaching students, residents and provides continuing education for academic faculty and private practitioners by active and collaborative learning facilitation methods (Technology of Participation). This method differs from traditional lecture and discussion courses in their ability to promote the development of students? research experiences, problem solving, communication, and group participation skills. Dr. Mungia has a unique ability to work with both academic and community-based groups to maximize their full potential. Driven by creativity, passion and curiosity, Dr. Mungia has established a strong record of accomplishments of successful programs, developing and sustaining research initiatives. Dr. Mungia? s talents and expertise have been ably exhibited in her contribution to the National Dental PBRN where she submitted a proposal examining xerostomia and its management strategies built on a strong summation of the pilot data derived from her earlier STOHN projects. Together with the relevant literature, she built convincing case for the proposal that is been accepted by the Executive Committee of the National Dental PBRN. Based acceptance, she is currently in the process of applying for an RO1 grant. Recently she was able to secure funding on 2 research projects awarded by the CTSA and the Research Advancing Community Health (REACH) Center. Dr. Mungia has demonstrated high standards of scholarly performance and service by serving on several local and national committees. Since 2014, Dr. Mungia has served diligently on the Institutional Review Board-1 as a voting member. She has been committed to her role in reviewing interdisciplinary full board proposals and ensuring all research activities involving human subjects comply with UTHSA policies and federal and state regulations. Dr. Mungia currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Periodontics and in the past has reviewed Texas Dental Journal publications as well.

4/2011 - Present Deputy Director Southwest Region (National Dental Practice-Based Research Network) UTHSA, Periodontics, San Antonio, TX
5/2008 - Present Director South Texas Oral Health Network (Community Engagement CTSA) UTHSA, Periodontics, San Antonio, TX
10/2005 - Present Assistant Professor/Research UTHSA, Periodontics, San Antonio, TX