Elizabeth Couch, RDH, MS

Elizabeth Couch, RDH, MS, is an assistant adjunct professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences at the UCSF School of Dentistry. Her research focuses on tobacco use in vulnerable populations and the role of dental professionals in tobacco prevention and cessation. Currently, she teaches in the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene program at UCSF and is the project coordinator of a longitudinal cohort study of tobacco use among adolescents in rural California. She holds an associate’s degree in dental hygiene from Cabrillo College, a bachelor’s degree in biology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a master’s degree in dental hygiene from UCSF. She currently serves on the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice advisory board and is the president of the UCSF Dental Alumni Association. She is an active member of the California Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA), the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), and the International Association of Dental Research (IADR). In addition, she practices clinical dental hygiene part-time.