Dr. Sheteka Ross-Goodlett

Topic: When to Suspect Maltreatment? : Infants to Adults

Dr. Sheteka Ross-Goodlett, a native of Midlothian, VA, received her Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics from Howard University in 2004. She then received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 2008. She completed the one-year Advanced Education in Dental Education at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, WA before moving to Illesheim, Germany where she served as a staff dentist before volunteering to deploy with the 502nd Dental Company Area Support 1st Med Task Force in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 09-10. In 2011, Sheteka began working at Walter Reed Military Medical Center at Bethesda in the Dental Readiness Clinic as a General Dentist. She then enrolled in the Pediatric Dentistry Fellowship Program at Howard University in 2012. She completed her fellowship in pediatric dentistry training at Howard University in 2014 and returned to Walter Reed in the capacity of a Staff Pediatric Dentist to the General Practice Residency (GPR) program. In 2018, Dr. Ross-Goodlett participated in a two-week craniofacial dental mission to Panama. She recently completed an assignment as a Staff Pediatric Dentist at the two-year AEGD program at Ft. Hood, Texas, where she served as a mentor to the residents. She currently resides with her husband and two daughters in Texas.


This lecture will give an overview of Child Maltreatment, Domestic Abuse, and Elder Abuse. The clinical signs that are most often seen in a dental setting will be discussed and the dental professional’s obligation to report suspected case.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this lecture, the dental profession should be able to:

1. Define the different aspects of Child Maltreatment, Domestic Abuse and Elder Abuse

2. Identify persons who may be at higher risk for maltreatment or abuse

3. Recognize clinical signs that may raise a suspicion of abuse or maltreatment

4. Know the appropriate agencies to report potential abuse or maltreatment

5. Understand how socio-economic and other external issues may impact abuse or maltreatment

6. Be familiar with practice tools to help identify maltreatment or abuse.