Center for Transdisciplinary Research on Women's Health (CTR-WH)


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Dr. Rita DeBate

A Lifecourse Approach to Women's Behavioral, Oral-Systemic, and Physical Health.


Women and girls, regardless of ability, ethnicity, race, reproductive choices, sexual identification and orientation, and socio-economic status can achieve optimal holistic health and quality of life throughout the lifespan.


The Center for Transdisciplinary Research on Women's Health (CTR-WH), an innovative multidisciplinary academic and community partnership, is committed to bridging the gap between and among professional disciplines to create a new paradigm for women’s health. This new paradigm will cross the divide between current discipline-specific women’s health research, practice, and policies.

The Center aims to be the national leader in transdisciplinary women's health research, through fostering an environment whereby students, researchers, providers, and leaders of all disciplines will collaborate through discovery, delivery, and the rich exchange of ideas.


  • Apply a team science, systems thinking, approach that integrates concepts, theories, methods, and evidence based practices to develop transdisciplinary research and practice paradigms;
  • Contribute to the COPH strategic plan goals (Learning, Service, Discovery, Environment and Diversity);
  • Train future leaders in transdisciplinary women's health research and practice theme.
  • Address women's oral/systemic health across the lifespan.


What Does Transdisciplinary Mean?

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Transdisciplinary Figures


Transdisciplinary Figures


Transdisciplinary Figures


Transdisciplinary Figures