Elham Kateeb

Personal Information

Name : Elham Kateeb

Address: Al-Quds University, Jerusalem

Country: Palestine

Phone: 00972599510404

E-Mail: ekateeb@staff.alquds.edu


2008- 2012 PhD in Oral Science program with a major in Dental Public Health, University of Iowa, USA

2003- 2005: Master Program in Public Health Practice, University of Massachusetts, UMASS, Amherst, USA

1992-1997: Bachelor’s in dental surgery, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan


April 2013:  American Public Health Dentistry Specialty Certification

June 1999: The American National Board Dental Examinations Certificate (NBD)


Summary of past and current positions:

September 2019-Now: Associate Professor of Dental Public Health at the Faculty of Dental Medicine at Al-Quds University

August 2017-Now: Dean of Scientific Research at Al-Quds University


December 2013-Now: Head of Oral Health Research and Promotion Unit at Al-Quds University

May 2022-Now: Adjunct Professor at the Department of Global Oral Health, Temple University

September 2012-Now: Adjunct lecturer at the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry

September 2012-Now: Research Associate at the Public Policy Center, University of Iowa

September 2012-September 2015: Adjunct faculty at The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry

January 2010-December 2013: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry.

Summary of International Committee Service:

September 2021-2024: Chair of the International Dental Federation (FDI) Public Health Committee

September 2021-Now: Lead person on FDI project on developing educational materials for non-dental healthcare workers in underserved areas

April 2021-Now: Task Team Member at the International Dental Federation FDI World Oral Health Day

October 2020-Now: Advisory Board Member of Visto International for Human Rights and Development.

July 2020-Now: Committee Member at the Academic Network for Development Dialogue (ANDD) supervised by the ESCWA

March 2020-Now: Representative of Al-Quds University at the Global Scientific Dental Alliance –GSDA

September 2019-Now: Task Team Member at the International Dental Federation FDI Tobacco Cessation Project

September 2018-Now: Lead Person in the Refugee Oral Health Project task team, International Dental Federation FDI

September 2017-2021: Elected member at the International Dental Federation (FDI) Public Health Standing Committee


Summary of National Boards Service:

December 2021-Now: Board Member at the National Scientific Research Council

December 2021-Now: Board Member at the National Oral Health Promotion Committee

September 2021-Now: Board Member at the council of Higher Education and Scientific Research

February 2020-Now: Co-chair for Organization of Women in Science in Developing Countries (OWSD)/ Palestine Chapter

September 2019-Now: Board Member at the Palestinian Medical Council


Research Experience

September 2013-Now: Health Service Researcher at College of Dentistry, Al-Quds University

March 2015-September 2018: Working on a project with Surrey University on collecting data from Dental clinics patients about the relationship between adiposity indicators, diet intake and chronic periodontitis among Paljudgingnian adults.  The PI on this project is Dr. Areej Zahran, University of Surrey.

December 2015-2016: Collaborating with IT department at Al-Quds University in “Promoting Oral Health among Palestinian Children Using Serious Games”.

July-August 2014: Zamalah Program Visiting scholar at University of Iowa to conduct research using marketing research tools and health behavioral theories and apply then in health service research.

03/2013-09/2013: Principal investigator on a community wide intervention to reduce the non-traumatic dental visits to the emergency room in Columbus hospitals.

09/1/2012-Now: Research associate at the public Policy Center-University of Iowa working on different assessments of access to dental care among marginalized populations.

01/2010-12/2012: Post- doctoral research fellow at the College of Dentistry, University of Iowa

08/2009-08/2010:  Research assistant in Iowa Fluoride Study, College of Dentistry University of Iowa. Responsibilities: Assisting with dental exams, tooth impressions and collection of saliva and plaque samples.

2009-2012: Working on a dissertation project for the PhD on using the conjoint metric analysis to analyze treatment decisions among dentists.

December 2007:

2004- 2008: Research assistant at Al-Quds University, College of Dentistry. Working on fluoride level assessment in West bank areas and its relationship with DMFT values and on a research project that measures the willingness of Palestinian Dentists to treat HIV Patients.

Professional Affiliations

Affiliate member in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)

Member in the International Association of Dental Research (IADR)

Member in the American Association of Dental Research (AADR)

Affiliate Member in the American Dental Association (ADA)

Member in American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD)

Member in American Association of Dental education (ADEA)

Member of the Jordanian Dental Association

Member of the Jerusalem Dental Association

Licensed to practice dentistry in the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Palestine

Resident license in Iowa State 2009-2011


  1. October 2022: Elham Kateeb, Sungwoo Lim, Saif Amer, Amid Isamil. Behavioral and Social Determinants of Early Childhood Caries among Palestinian Preschoolers in Jerusalem area: A Cross-sectional Study. BMC Oral Health. Under review
  2. October 2022: Saif Amer, Elham Kateeb. Mothers’ employment and Exclusive Breast-Feeding Practices: A brief report from an Underserved Population. Frontiers in Public Health. Under review
  3. August 2022: Mohammad A. I. Al-Hatamleh; Ma’mon M. Hatmal; Sulaf H. F. Mustafa; Mohammad Alzu’bi; Ali F. S. Al-Sou’b; Shahed N. S. Abughanam; Amin N. Olaimat; Elham T. Kateeb; Rohimah Mohamud. Experiences and perceptions of COVID-19 infection and vaccination among Palestinian refugees in Jerash camp and Jordanian citizens: A comparative cross-sectional study by face-to-face interviews. Infectious Diseases of Poverty. In review
  1. July 2022: Riad A, Põld A, Kateeb E and Attia S (2022) Oral Adverse Events Following COVID-19 Vaccination: Analysis of VAERS Reports. Front. Public Health 10:952781. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.952781
  2. June 2022: Mohammed AH, Hassan BAR, Wayyes AM, Al-Tukmagi HF, Blebil A, Dujaili J, Nasr MH, El Hajj MS, Malaeb D, Alhija SA, Kateeb E, Amro A, Al-Taweel D, Al Juma MA, Al-Ani OA, Farhan SS, Darwish RM, Al-Zaabi AT. Exploring the quality of life of cosmetic users: A cross-sectional analysis from eight Arab countries in the Middle East. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2022 May 14.
  3. May 2022: Oral Adverse Events Following COVID-19 Vaccination: Analysis of VAERS Reports, Journal of Dental Research, in review
  4. February 2022: Hatmal MM, Al-Hatamleh MAI, Olaimat AN, Mohamud R, Fawaz M, Kateeb ET, Alkhairy OK, Tayyem R, Lounis M, Al-Raeei M, Dana RK, Al-Ameer HJ, Taha MO, Bindayna KM. Reported Adverse Effects and Attitudes among Arab Populations Following COVID-19 Vaccination: A Large-Scale Multinational Study Implementing Machine Learning Tools in Predicting Post-Vaccination Adverse Effects Based on Predisposing Factors. Vaccines. 2022; 10(3):366. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines10030366
  5. February 2022: Dajani R, Kateeb E, Saifi Y, Samman M, Dutt R, Qaiser F. Female scientists in Occupied Palestinian Territories call for global support. Nature. 2022 Feb;602(7896):211. doi: 10.1038/d41586-022-00314-0. PMID: 35136220.
  6. November 2021: Baker, I.; Marzouqa, N.; Yaghi, B.N.; Adawi, S.O.; Yousef, S.; Sabooh, T.N.; Salhab, N.M.; Khrishi, H.M.; Qabaja, Y.; Riad, A.; Kateeb, E.; Attia, S. The Impact of Information Sources on COVID-19-Related Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices (KAP) among University Students: A Nationwide Cross-Sectional Study.  J. Environ. Res. Public Health2021, 18, 12462. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182312462
  7. October 2021: Kateeb E, Sintes M, Taylor S. Refugee Oral Health: A Global Survey of Current Policies and Practices. J Immigr Minor Health. 2021 Oct 26. doi: 10.1007/s10903-021-01285-6. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34697703.

11. September 2021: Riad A, Huang Y, Abdulqader H, Morgado M, Domnori S, Koščík M, Mendes JJ, Klugar M, Kateeb E, Iads-Score. Universal Predictors of Dental Students’ Attitudes towards COVID-19 Vaccination: Machine Learning-Based Approach. Vaccines (Basel). 2021 Oct 10;9(10):1158.

12. August 2021: Elham Kateeb, Mayar Danadneh , Andrea Pokorná , Jitka Klugarová, Huthaifa Abdulqader , Miloslav Klugar, Abanoub Riad. Predictors of Willingness to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine: Cross-Sectional Study of Palestinian Dental Students. Vaccines 2021, 9(9), 954

  1. August 2021: Sami Amer and Elham Kateeb. Factors related to dietary habits, energy drink consumption, and physical activity in marginalized Palestinian schools: A cross-sectional study. Health Promot Perspect. 2021;11(3): 329-336.
  2. August 2021: Kateeb E, McKernan SC, Askelson N, Momany E, Damiano P. Applying “Stages of Readiness to Change” Model to Dentists’ Decisions to Participate in Medicaid: An Exploratory Study. Risk Manag Healthc Policy. 2021 Aug 11; 14:3311-3322.

15. April 2021: Riad, A.; Abdulqader, H.; Morgado, M.; Domnori, S.; Koščík, M.; Mendes, J.J.; Klugar, M.; Kateeb, E. Global Prevalence and Drivers of Dental Students’ COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy. Vaccines 2021, 9, 566. https://doi.org/10.3390/ vaccines9060566

  1. February 2021: Elham Kateeb, Marc Sintes, Sean Taylor. Refugee Oral Health: A Double Dilemma. Journal of Immigrants and Minority Health. In Revision
  2. February 2021: Aya Abu Kwaik, Raghad Saleh, Mayar Danadneh, Elham Kateeb. Stress, Anxiety and Depression Among Dental Students in Times of Covid-19 Lockdown. Int J Dentistry Oral Sci. 2021;8(2):1560-1564. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.19070/2377-8075-21000310
  3. February 2021: Kateeb ET, Juniedi RN, Warren JJ. Reopening Dental Offices for Routine Care Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Report From Palestine. Int Dent J. 2021 Feb 13:S0020-6539(21)00036-8. doi: 10.1016/j.identj.2021.01.017. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33632475; PMCID: PMC7881762.
  4. January 2021: Kateeb E, Hamdan M, Fisher J. Oral Health Status and Associated Factors in a Stratified Cluster Sample of Marginalized Palestinian Schools: A Cross-sectional Study. Oral Health Prev Dent. 2021 Jan 7;19(1):373-381.
  5. December 2020: Elham Kateeb, Ruwaa Alawya, Abanob Yusri. Knowledge and Attitude Among Dental Students About Covid-19 and Its Precautionary Measures: a Cross-sectional Study. Journal of Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery. J Oral Med Oral Surg 2021;27:17
  6. December 2020: Elham Kateeb, Susan C. McKernan, Natoshia M. Askelson, Elizabeth. T. Momany, Peter C. Damiano. Applying the Transtheoretical Model to dentists’ decisions to participate in Medicaid: An exploratory study. Preprint, DOI:21203/rs.3.rs-121391/v1
  7. September 2020: Donald Chi and Elham Kateeb. Factors influencing dentists’ willingness to treat Medicaid-enrolled adolescents. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. First published: 07 September 2020. https://doi.org/10.1111/jphd.12391
  8. August 2020: Alawia R, Riad A, Kateeb E. Risk perception and readiness of dental students to treat patients amid COVID-19: Implication for dental education. Oral Dis. 2020 Aug 7:10.1111/odi.13593.
  9. May 2019: Elham Kateeb, John Warren. The Transition from Amalgam to other Restorative Materials in the U.S. Pre-doctoral Pediatric Dentistry Clinics. Clin Exp Dent Res.2019 Jun 12;5(4):413-419. doi: 10.1002/cre2.196. eCollection 2019 Aug
  10. February 2019: Elham Kateeb, Abdullah Hassan, Motasem Hamdan, Fidah Musa. Dental caries experience and related factors among a clustered random sample of students in occupied Palestinian territory: a cross-sectional study. The Lancet, Volume 393, Supplement 1, March 2019, Page S32
  11. February 2019: Sami Amer, Elham Kateeb, Abdullah Hassan, Fidah Musa. Dietary habits, energy drink consumption, obesity, and physical activity in marginalised Palestinian schools in the West Bank: a cross-sectional study. The Lancet, Volume 393, Supplement 1, March 2019, Page S13
  12. October 2018: Elham Kateeb, Elizabeth Momany. Dental caries experience and associated risk indicators among Palestinian pregnant women in the Jerusalem area: a cross-sectional study. BMC Oral Health.2018 Oct 22;18(1):170

28. February 2018: Elham Kateeb . Palestinian women’s oral health status, knowledge, practices, and access to dental care during pregnancy: a cross-sectional study. Lancet. 21 February 2018;  391, SPECIAL ISSUE , S10, FEBRUARY 21, 2018.

29. February 2018: Kateeb EMomany E. Factors related to high dental caries experience in Palestinian pregnant women in the Jerusalem governorate: a cross-sectional study. Lancet. 2018 Feb 21;391 Suppl 2:S11. Epub 2018 Feb 21.

  1. November 2017: Elham T. Kateeb, Mudar S. Kamal, Ahed M Kadamani, Raed O Abu Hantash, Musab M. Arqoub. Utilizing An Innovative Digital Software To Grade Pre-Clinical Crown Preparation Exercise. Eur J Dent Educ.2017 Nov;21(4):220-227. doi: 10.1111/eje.12204. Epub 2016 May 5
  2. June 2016: Kateeb, E. T., McKernan, S. C., Gaeth, G. J., Kuthy, R. A., Adrianse, N. B. and Damiano, P. C. (2016), Predicting dentists’ decisions: a choice-based conjoint analysis of Medicaid participation. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 76: 171–178.
  3. February 2016: T. Kateeb, J.J. Warren, G.J. Gaeth, E.T. Momany, and P.C. Damiano. Understanding Pediatric Dentists’ Dental Caries Management Treatment Decisions: A Conjoint Experiment. JDR Clinical & Translational Research. April 2016vol. 1 no. 1 86-94
  4. April 2015: Elham Kateeb, Rafat Amer, Musa Bajali. “Willingness of Palestinian Dentists to Treat Patients with blood Borne Diseases”. Int Dent J.2015 Apr;65(2):103-9
  5. January 2015: McKernan S.C., Reynolds J.C., Momany E., Kuthy R.A, Kateeb E.T., Adrianse N.B., Damiano P.C. Private Practice Dentists and Their Role In The Dental Safety Net: Altruistic Attitudes And Capacity For Medicaid Expansion. JADA 2015:146(1):34-41
  6. November 2014: Rafat AmerDuygu Kürklü, Elham KateebRobert R. Seghi. Three-body wear potential of dental yttrium-stabilized zirconia ceramic after grinding, polishing, and glazing treatments. J Prosthet Dent. 2014 Nov;112(5):1151-5.
  7. Kateeb E.T., December 2014 Policy Brief. Retrieved from http://ppc.uiowa.edu/sites/default/files/oral_health_safety_net_brief.pdf
  8. March 2014: Kateeb ETWarren JGaeth GDamiano PMomany EKanellis MJWeber-Gasparoni KAnsley T. Manuscript title,” The willingness of US pediatric dentists to use Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) with their patients: A conjoint Analysis”. J Public Health Dent.2014 Summer;74(3):234-40.
  9. December 2013: Kateeb, E T; Warren JJ; Damiano PC, Momany E, Kanellis MJ, Weber-Gasparoni K, Ansley T. Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) in Pediatric Dentistry Residency Programs: A Survey of Program Directors. Pediatric Dentistry, Volume 35, Number 7, November/December 2013, pp. 500-505(6)
  10. October 2013: Kateeb ET, Warren JJ, Damiano P, Momany E, Kanellis M, Weber-Gasparoni K, Ansley T. Teaching atraumatic restorative treatment in U.S. Dental schools: a survey of predoctoral pediatric dentistry program directors. J Dent Educ. 2013 Oct; 77(10):1306-14.

40. March 2010: Kateeb E. Gender-specific oral health attitudes and behavior among dental students in Palestine. East Mediterr Health J. 2010 Mar;16(3):329-33.

41. May 2007:  Kateeb E. Evaluation of the Ministry of Health school oral health program in the West Bank region of Palestine.  East Mediterr Health J. 2007 May-Jun;13(3):595-607.