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Penelope Leggott, BDS, MS

Penelope Leggott

Professor and Director of the MCH Leadership Training Program in Pediatric Dentistry


Dr. Leggott is a Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Washington and a member of the teaching faculty. She is principal investigator of the federally funded HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) grant to create an MCH Center for Leadership Training in Pediatric Dentistry (with a concurrent degree MPH/MSD track and a Leadership in Pediatric Dentistry track) to prepare pediatric dentists to become leaders in education, policy, health administration, research, advocacy and public service.

Prior positions include Associate Dean for Academic and Clinical Services and Director of the Graduate Program in Pediatric Dentistry at the School of Dentistry. Dr. Leggott is also in part-time private pediatric dental practice in Mount Vernon, a rural agricultural area north of Seattle where many children are from low-income families.

Dr. Leggott was on faculty at the University of California, San Francisco from 1980-89. From 1989-93, she was the Chair of the Division of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Leggott joined the faculty of the University of Washington’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry as Associate Dean for Student Services in 1993 and also served as Graduate Program Director of the Advanced Program in Pediatric Dentistry (1995-2001).

Dr Leggott is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the director of the Maternal Child Health (MCH) Leadership Training Program in Pediatric Dentistry. The purpose of this program is to train pediatric dentists to be excellent clinicians and future leaders in education, research and public health, who are able to work across health professions and health sectors and utilize public health knowledge and skills to address oral health disparities in MCH populations.


  • BDS, University of Bristol (England) School of Dentistry, 1970
  • MS and Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, the University of Illinois, Chicago, 1980

Academic Interests

  • Children’s oral health: advocacy, risk assessment, early intervention and collaboration with other health providers
  • Current courses: Topics in Pediatric Dentistry