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The Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research group announces the Giddon Award for Distinguished Research in the Behavioral Sciences. The Giddon Award for Distinguished Research in the Behavioral Sciences recognizes a single research investigation published, or accepted for publication, between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 in the fields of social or cultural anthropology, education, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, and social work applied to dentistry. Both applied and basic research manuscripts are eligible.  The senior author receives the prize; however, all of the authors are recognized.

This award is made possible by a contribution from Donald B. Giddon, D.M.D., Ph.D.  Dr. Giddon, a founder and former President of the BSHSR Group, established this award to recognize and highlight the contributions to dentistry from research in social and cultural anthropology, education, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, and social work. He has been an active Group member since its creation, and continues to foster the integration of the behavioral sciences into oral health research and education. Dr. Giddon is Clinical Professor of Developmental Biology at Harvard University, Clinical Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois Chicago and Clinical Professor Emeritus of Community Health at the Brown University Medical School. He is also Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and Health Promotion at the NYU College of Dentistry, where he has served as Dean, and Clinical Professor of Children's Dentistry, Stony Brook University, School of Dental Medicine. His most recent honor is the Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard College.

The award committee will accept self-nominations or nominations by others until January 10, 2021. The paper should be accompanied by a brief letter describing why it is deemed worthy of an award. To be eligible, the paper should have been published in the prior calendar year (i.e., 2020) or to have final editorial acceptance during that year.  Each paper can be considered for the award only once. Manuscripts accepted for publication but not yet published should be accompanied by a copy of the acceptance letter from the journal editor; evidence of publication (e.g., PDF) should be submitted for already-published works. 

Nominations will be acknowledged by email or in writing. Preferably, one of the primary authors for the manuscript selected for the award, will be present to accept the award, or someone on their behalf is expected to attend the award ceremony at the IADR General Session. The senior author will receive a cash award of $350, but all of the authors will be recognized.


Award deadline: January 10, 2021.

Please submit nominations using this Form.
Contact Dr. Daniel W. McNeil, BEHSR Co-President, with inquiries or if you encounter difficulty submitting your nomination. E-mail: 


Past Recipients

Kumar Raghav Gujjar

SEGi University, Malaysia
Gujjar KR, van Wijk A, Kumar R, de Jongh A. Efficacy of virtual reality exposure therapy for the treatment of dental phobia in adults: a randomized controlled trial. J Anxiety Disord. 2019;62:100-8.

Erin Pullen

Indiana University, USA
Pullen E, Perry BL, Maupome G. Talking about teeth: egocentric networks and oral health outcomes in a Mexican American immigrant community. Advances in Medical Sociology. 2019;19(Immigration and Health):105–122.

Angela Durey
University of Western Australia, AU
Durey A, McAullay D, Gibson B, Slack-Smith Lm. Oral health in young Australian Aboriginal children: qualitative research on parents’ perspectives. JDR Clin Trans Res. 2017;2(1):38-47.

Cameron L. Randall

West Virginia University, USA

Randall CL, McNeil DW, Shaffer JR, Crout RJ, Weyant RJ, Marazita ML. Fear of pain mediates the association between MC1R genotype and dental fear. J Dent Res. 2016;95(10):1132-1137.

Sarah R. Baker & Barry Gibson
University of Sheffield, UK
Baker SR, Gibson B. Social oral epidemi(olog)(2)y where next: one small step or one giant leap?. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2014;42(6):481–494.

Barry Gibson & Ninv Paul
University of Sheffield, UK
Gibson B, Paul N. Differentiation and displacement: unpacking the relationship between accounts of illness and social structure. Soc Theory Health. 2014;12(3):267-290.

Rebecca Harris & Robin Holt
The University of Liverpool, UK
Harris R, Holt R. Interacting institutional logics in general dental practice. Soc Sci Med. 2013;94:63-70.

Orawan Nammontri
University of Sheffield, UK
Nammontri O, Robinson PG, Baker S. Enhancing oral health via sense of coherence: a cluster-randomized trial. J Dent Res. 2013;92(1):26-31.

María Carillo-Díaz

Rey Juan Carlos University, ES
Carillo-Díaz M, Crego A, Armfield JM, Romero M. Self-assessed oral health, cognitive vulnerability, and dental anxiety in children: testing a mediational model. Comm Dent Oral Epi. 2012;40(1):8-16.

Susan J. Wang
Institute for Healthcare Advancement, USA
Wang SJ, Briskie D, Hu JC, Majewski R, Inglehart MR. Illustrated information for parent education: parent and patient responses. Pediatr Dent. 2010;32(4):295-303. 

Nancy R. Kressin

Northeast Center for Research to Evaluate and Eliminate Dental Disparities, USA
Kressin NR, Nunn ME, Singh H, Orner MB, Pbert L, Hayes C, Culler C, Glicken SR, Palfrey S, Geltman PL, Cadoret C, Henshaw MM. Pediatric clinicians can help reduce rates of early childhood caries: effects of a practice based intervention. Med Care. 2009;47(11):1121-1128.

Gary D. Slade

University of Adelaide, AU
Slade GD, Diatchenko L, Bhalang K, Sigurdsson A, Fillingim RB, Belfer I, Max MB, Goldman D and Maixner W. Influence of Psychological Factors on Risk of Temporomandibular Disorders. J Dent Res. 2007;86(11):1120-1125.

Susan E. Coldwell

University of Washington, USA
Coldwell SE, Wilhelm FH, Milgrom P, Prall CW, Getz T, Spadafora A, Chiu IY, Leroux BG, Ramsay DS. Combining alprazolam with systematic desensitization therapy for dental injection phobia. J Anxiety Disord. 2007;21(7):871-887.

Robert J. Gatchel

University of Texas at Arlington, USA
Gatchel RJ, Stowell AW, Wildenstein L, Riggs R, Ellis E 3rd. Efficacy of an early intervention for patients with acute temporomandibular disorder-related pain: a one-year outcome study. J Am Dent Assoc. 2006;137(3):339-347.

Jessica Y. Lee

University of North Carolina, USA
Lee JY, Rozier RG, Norton EC, Kotch JB,Vann WF Jr. Effects of WIC participation on children's use of oral health services. Am J Public Health. 2004;94(5):772-777.

Gregg H. Gilbert

University of Alabama, USA
Gilbert GH, Duncan RP, Shelton BJ. Social determinants of tooth loss. Health Serv Res. 2003;38(6 Pt 2):1843–62.

Samuel F. Dworkin

University of Washington, USA
Dworkin SF, Huggins KH, Wilson L, Mancl L, Turner J, Massoth D, LeResche L, Truelove E. A randomized clinical trial using research diagnostic criteria for temporomandibular disorders - axis II to target clinic cases for a tailored self-care TMD treatment program. J Orofac Pain. 2002;16(1):48–63.

Henrietta L. Logan

University of Florida, USA
Logan HL, Lutzendorf S, Kirchner HL, Rivera EM, Luberoff D. Pain and immunologic response to root canal treatment and subsequent health outcomes. Psychosom Med. 2001;63(3):453–462.

Ulf Berggren

Göteborg University, SE
Berggren U, Hakeberg M, Carlsson SG. Relaxation vs. cognitively oriented therapies for dental fear. J Dent Res. 2000;79(9):1645–1651.


Richard P. Frank
University of Washington, USA
Frank RP, Milgrom P, Leroux BG, Hawkins NR. Treatment outcomes with mandibular removable partial dentures: a population-based study of patient satisfaction. J Prosthet Dent. 1998;80(1):36–45.

Ulf Berggren
Göteborg University, SE
Berggren U, Carlsson SG, Hägglin C, Hakeberg M, Samsonowitz V. Assessment of patients with direct conditioned and indirect cognitive reported origin of dental fear. Eur J of Oral Sci. 1997;105(3):213–220.

Peter Milgrom
University of Washington, USA
Milgrom, P, Mancl L, King B, Weinstein P, Wells N, Jeffcott E. An explanatory model of the dental care utilization of low-income children. Med Care. 1998;36(4):554–566.

Henrietta L. Logan
University of Iowa, USA
Logan HL, Baron RS, Kohout F. Sensory focus as therapeutic treatments for acute pain. Psychosom Med. 1995;57(5):475–484.