Division of Periodontology
Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
1101 N. University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1078
A career Michigan dental educator, Dr. Richards served as director of undergraduate periodontics from 1994 through 2010. He has been recognized for his enthusiastic teaching and honored by students on many occasions, receiving the "Dr. Paul Gibbons Award" (for outstanding educational contributions during four years of dental school) eleven times.
1984 - DDS, The University of Michigan School of Dentistry
1988 - MS, The University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Periodontics
Academic Appointments and Professional Experience
1984-1985 - Clinical Instructor in Oral Diagnosis and Radiology, The University of Michigan
1985-1986 - Clinical Instructor in Periodontics and Prosthodontics, The University of Michigan
1986-1988 - Adjunct Lecturer in Periodontics, The University of Michigan
1989-1991 - Private Practice Limited to Periodontics, Battle Creek, Michigan
1989-1993 - Lecturer in Periodontics, The University of Michigan
1990-1991 - Clinical Instructor, Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, Michigan
1993-1998 - Clinical Assistant Professor, The University of Michigan
1998-2008 - Clinical Associate Professor, The University of Michigan
2008-present - Clinical Professor, The University of Michigan
2011-2012 - Associate Chair, Periodontics & Oral Medicine, The University of Michigan
Dr. Richards' research interests include clinical decision-making, patient-provider communication, developing and evaluating new educational methodologies.
O'Grady KA, Richards PS. The role of inspiration in scientific scholarship and discovery: views of theistic scientists. Explore (NY). 2011 Nov-Dec;7(6):354-62.
Garfinkle AJ, Richards PS, Inglehart MR. Providing Care for Underserved Patients - Periodontists’ and Periodontal Residents’ Educational Experiences, Attitudes and Behavior. J. Periodontol., 81:1604, 2010. PubMed PMID: 20653432.
Bennett DE, Lee JH, Richards PS, Inglehart MR. General Dentists and Periodontal Referrals. J. Mich. Dent. Assoc., 92(9): 46, 2010. PubMed PMID: 20945701.
Lee JH, Bennett DE, Richards PS, Inglehart MR. Periodontal referral patterns of general dentists: lessons for dental education. J Dent Educ. 2009 Feb;73(2):199-210. PubMed PMID: 19234076.
Patel RR, Richards PS, Inglehart MR. Periodontal health, quality of life, and smiling patterns--an exploration. J Periodontol. 2008 Feb;79(2):224-31. PubMed PMID: 18251637.
Lanning SK, Best AM, Temple HJ, Richards PS, Carey A, McCauley LK. Accuracy and consistency of radiographic interpretation among clinical instructors in conjunction with a training program. J Dent Educ. 2006 May;70(5):545-57. PubMed PMID: 16687640.
Patel AM, Richards PS, Wang HL, Inglehart MR. Surgical or non-surgical periodontal treatment: factors affecting patient decision making. J Periodontol. 2006 Apr;77(4):678-83. PubMed PMID: 16584350.
Richards PS, Inglehart MR. An interdisciplinary approach to case-based teaching: does it create patient-centered and culturally sensitive providers? J Dent Educ. 2006 Mar;70(3):284-91. PubMed PMID: 16522757.
Lanning SK, Best AM, Temple HJ, Richards PS, Carey A, McCauley LK. Accuracy and consistency of radiographic interpretation among clinical instructors using two viewing systems. J Dent Educ. 2006 Feb;70(2):149-59. PubMed PMID: 16478929.
Lanning SK, Pelok SD, Williams BC, Richards PS, Sarment DP, Oh TJ, McCauley LK. Variation in periodontal diagnosis and treatment planning among clinical instructors. J Dent Educ. 2005 Mar;69(3):325-37. PubMed PMID: 15749943.