Associate Professor
School of Dental Hygiene

Tara Newcomb

2003 Health Sciences Bldg
Norfolk, 23529

Tara L. Newcomb, BSDH, MS is an Associate Professor, Gene W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene, Old Dominion University.

M.S. in Dental Hygiene, Old Dominion University, (2008)

B.S. in Dental Hygiene, Old Dominion University, (2002)

Norfolk Medical Reserve Corps Certification
Sponsoring Organization: VA MRC
Date Obtained: 2012-08-01
Local Anesthesia/Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University
Date Obtained: 2010-01-01
License to Practice as a Registered Dental Hygienist
Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University
Date Obtained: 2002-05-01

Expertise

Dental Hygiene
Forensic Odontology and Mass Casualty Preparedness, Head and Neck Anatomy, Cross-cultural Dental Hygiene Care, and Use of Simulation/Gaming in Dental Hygiene education

Research Interests

Cross Cultural Dental Hygiene Theory and Practice Using Agent-based Simulation, Radiographic Imaging for Mass Fatality Preparedness and Role of the Dental Hygienist in Mass Fatality Preparedness, Incorporating Technology in the Classroom.

Articles

Bruhn, A., Newcomb, T. and Viswakula, S. (2017). Feedback Delay as an Approach to Teaching Oral Radiographic Technique.. Radiologic Science & Education 22 (1).
Newcomb, T., Bruhn, A., Giles, B., Garcia, H. M. and Diawara, N. (2017). Testing a Novel 3D Printed Radiographic Imaging Device for Use in Forensic Odontology. Journal of forensic sciences 62 (1) , pp. 223–228.
Bradshaw, B. T., Bruhn, A., Newcomb, T., Simms, K. and Giles, B. Disaster Response and Preparedness: A survey of U.S. Dental Hygienists.. Journal of Dental Hygiene.
Bruhn, A., Newcomb, T. and Giles, B. (2016). Evaluating Imaging Techniques for Intraoral Forensic Radiography with the Dental Hygienist as Part of the Forensic Radiology Team. Journal of Forensic Identification 66 (1) , pp. 30-33.
Bruhn, A., Newcomb, T. and Sheth, M. Assessment of Mass Fatality Preparedness and Response Content in Dental Hygiene Education. Journal of Dental Education .
Bruhn, A., Newcomb, T. and Tolle, S. L. (2015). Ensuring Safe Practice In Dental Radiology. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene 13 (12) , pp. 30–33.
Newcomb, T., Bruhn, A., Ulmer, L. and Diawara, N. (2015). Performance of dental hygiene students in mass fatality training and radiographic imaging of dental remains. American Dental Hygienists Association 89 (5) , pp. 313–320.
Newcomb, T. (2009). Malaria and the Dental Hygienist. Dimensions of Dental Hygiene 7 (12) , pp. 40-43.

Presentations

Newcomb, T. (March 23, 2017). Dental Hygiene Graduates’ Perceived Preparedness and Self-Confidence for Alternative Dental Hygiene Practice Poster San Francisco, California.
Newcomb, T., Bruhn, A. and Giles, B. (February 17, 2017). Testing a Novel 3D Printed Radiographic Imaging Device for Use in Forensic Odontology. Poster 69th Annual Scientific Meeting New Orleans, LA.
Tolle, S. L., Newcomb, T., Bruhn, A. and McCombs, G. (March 19, 2016). A Survey of Incivil Behaviors in the Dental Hygiene Clinical Setting. Poster Long Beach, California..
Bruhn, A., Newcomb, T. and Giles, B. (February 26, 2016). Imaging Techniques for Intraoral Postmortem Dental Radiographs Poster 68th Annual Scientific Meeting Las Vegas, Nevada.
Newcomb, T. and Bruhn, A. (February 24, 2016). Does Multimedia Facilitate Training in Dental Hygiene Mass Fatality Preparedness? Poster 68th Annual Scientific Meeting Las Vegas, Nevada.
Newcomb, T., Bruhn, A. and Giles, B. (February 4, 2016). A Modified External Aiming Device for Portable X-ray Equipment: An Innovative Solution for Victim Identification, Forensic Dentistry, and Mobile Dentistry/Dental Hygiene Oral Presentation Office of Research Seed Funding Program Presentations Norfolk, Virginia.
Newcomb, T. (October 30, 2015). Avatar-Mediated Practice Scenarios to Evaluate Cross-Cultural Knowledge And Understanding Poster National Conference British Columbia, Victoria.
Lemaster, M. F., Bruhn, A. and Newcomb, T. (June 19, 2015). Interactive Technology in Learning: What Students Expect and What Faculty Should Know Poster Nashville, Tennessee.
Bradshaw, B. T., Bruhn, A., Newcomb, T. and Giles, B. (June 17, 2015). Disaster Preparedness and Response: A Survey of U.S. Dental Hygienists Poster 2015 Center for Lifelong Learning at the 92nd Annual Session Nashville. Tennessee.
Bradshaw, B. T., Bruhn, A., Newcomb, T. and Giles, B. (April 16, 2015). Disaster Preparedness and Response: A Survey of U.S. Dental Hygienists Poster Office of Graduate Studies Graduate Research Achievement Day Norfolk, Virginia.
Sheth, M., Bruhn, A. and Newcomb, T. (March 8, 2015). An Assessment of Mass Fatality Preparedness in Dental Hygiene Education Poster Annual Session Boston, Massachusetts.
Newcomb, T. (October 16, 2014). Avatar-mediated Practice Scenarios to Evaluate Cross-cultural Knowledge and Understanding Poster 3rd North American/Global Dental Hygiene Research Conference Bethesda, Maryland.
Bruhn, A. and Newcomb, T. (October 16, 2014). Radiographic Imaging for Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) in Dental Hygiene Poster 3rd North American/Global Dental Hygiene Research Conference Bethesda, Maryland.
Newcomb, T. and Bruhn, A. (March 16, 2014). Radiographic Imaging for Disaster Victim Identification in Dental Hygiene Students Poster Annual Session & Exhibition program San Antonio, Texas.
Newcomb, T. (March 15, 2014). Avatar-mediated Practice Scenarios to Evaluate Cross-cultural Knowledge and Understanding Oral Presentation Annual Session & Exhibition Program San Antonio, Texas.
Newcomb, T. (March 15, 2014). Avatar-mediated Practice Scenarios to Evaluate Cross-Cultural Knowledge and Understanding. Poster Annual Session & Exhibition Program San Antonio, Texas.
Newcomb, T. and Bruhn, A. (February 22, 2014). Radiographic Imaging for Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) in Dental Hygiene Oral Presentation Old Dominion University’s Continuing Education Dental Hygiene Winter Weekend Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Newcomb, T. and Bruhn, A. (February 13, 2014). Radiographic Imaging for Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) in Dental Hygiene. Oral Presentation The 2014 International Conference on Healthcare System Preparedness and Response to Emergencies & Disasters Tel Aviv, Israel.
Newcomb, T. (June 19, 2013). Comparing Fluorescence Technology versus Visual and Tactile Examination in the Detection of Lesions: A Pilot Study Poster Annual Session Boston, Massachusetts.
Lemaster, M. F., Bruhn, A. and Newcomb, T. (March 18, 2013). Kicking the Habit: Evidence-Based Interactive Approaches to Improve Learning Oral Presentation Annual Session Seattle, Washington.
Newcomb, T. (December 17, 2012). Agent-mediated Simulations to Reduce Oral Health Disparities Among Culturally Diverse Dental Hygiene Patients.” Poster 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit National Harbor, Maryland.
Newcomb, T. (November 3, 2012). Designing Cross-cultural Awareness Training for Dental Hygiene Students Using an Avatar-mediated Simulation 2012 AECT International Convention Louisville, Kentucky.
Newcomb, T. (March 17, 2012). Use of Primal 3-D Anatomy software for Computer-supported Learning in Oral Anatomy Assigned Viewing Labs Poster 2012 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition Orlando, Florida.
Newcomb, T. (February 26, 2012). Cross-Cultural Dental Hygiene Practice Oral Presentation Old Dominion University’s Continuing Education Dental Hygiene Winter Weekend Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • 2017: Induction into the Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honors Society, Sigma Phi
  • 2016: Faculty Star Award: You Make the Difference Recoginition, Old Dominion University, DIvision of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services
  • 2015: Alpha Eta, National Honors Society,
  • 2012: Faculty Development Grant Award to attend Teaching Professor Conference,Washington,DC,
  • 2012: Old Dominion University School of Dental Hygiene Faculty Award, INSIDE BUSINESS