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Promoting Mental Health & Wellness for Dental Assistants in Times of COVID-19 (AGD 153)

Presenter: Lisa A. Razzano, PhD, CPRP


This webinar is APPROVED FOR ONE (1) CE CREDIT and is designed for the dental professional as an overview of the mental health aspects of stress, both in a dental assistant’s personal and professional life, especially when dealing with multiple stress factors during the COVID pandemic such as: dealing with dental offices shutting down; deciding whether or not to get the vaccine; family, friends, and patients dying from it; teaching their children virtually; and trying to work during the pandemic.


Lisa A. Razzano, PhD, CPRP 
is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at University of Ilinois Chicago, where she is Deputy Director for the Department of Psychiatry’s Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy. In addition to her academic appointments, she is Vice President for Research at Thresholds, and co-chairs the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Serious Mental Illness/Serious Emotional Disturbance. Dr. Razzano is recognized internationally for her work in mental health services and integrated behavioral health, having led funded research programs for nearly 30 years. She is author/co-author of diverse studies regarding physical and mental health co-morbidities, sexuality and mental health, and services research and program evaluation strategies.


After participating in this program the dental professional should be able to:

  • Describe at least two reasons why the COVID pandemic was so stressful for the dental assistant vs. ohter stressful situations faced by dental assistants.
  • Identify at least two stress factors that dental assistants faced during the COVID pandemic.
  • List at least two symptoms that can be caused by stress.
  • Describe at least two specific actions that dental assistants can take to deal with stress and minimize their manifestations.


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry. Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.

Credits earned upon completion of this course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.

This course has been produced in part by a grant from the Professional Dental Assistants Education Foundation (PDAEF).


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