Student Professionalism and Ethics Association (SPEA)


Mission Statement

The  Student Professionalism and Ethics Association (SPEA) is a national, student-driven association that was established to promote and support a student’s lifelong commitment to ethical behavior in order to benefit the patients they serve and further the dental profession.

The objectives of the Association include:

·       Acting as a support system for students in strengthening their personal and professional ethics values

·       Providing a resource for ethics education and development

·       Fostering a non-punitive, open-forum environment for ethics communication

·       Promoting awareness of ethics standards and related issues within dentistry

·       Collaborating with leadership of the dental profession to effectively advocate for our members

Chapter Officers

Tufts SPEA Faculty Advisors:  Dr. Shubha Nanda, Dr. Kathryn Ragalis, and Dr. Steven Rubin.

Chapter President: Justin Maillet (D17)
Chapter Vice-President: Joseph Perella (D17)
Chapter Treasurer: Ian Dickinson (D19)
Chapter Secretary: Lauren Hagspiel (D19)
Chapter Member at Large: Jesse Huston (D19)

SPEA Members

Members of the chapter are encouraged to attend monthly meetings and get involved in the thought and discussion of ethics dilemmas. Members have the opportunity to present their own ethical situations to assess the response of the group. Members also have the opportunity to get involved in leadership of the group on local, regional and national levels.


Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health.