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Deadline: January 17, 2022

These awards recognize excellence in behavioral sciences, epidemiology, and health services research by a pre-doctoral student and a post-doctoral student/trainee. One award will be given in each student category: pre-doctoral and post-doctoral.


Eligibility Criteria and Rules of Conduct:

Applicants may be IADR members or non-members, but, consistent with IADR conditions:

  1. Must present research findings in person at the upcoming IADR/AADR General Session.
  2. Must be present to receive the award at the BEHSR Business meeting of that year.
  3. In the event, the student 1st author cannot either present or receive the award but the abstract is presented by one of the co-authors in that year's IADR/AADR General Session, the author is still eligible for the award and a co-author in the winning abstract MUST be present at the BEHSR Business Meeting to receive the award on the student's behalf.
    In that case, it is the responsibility of the BEHSR student award candidate to inform the 2nd year BEHSR directors about this change in the presentation of the paper and the receipt of the award (from the student candidate to one of the co-authors of the submitted abstract).
  4. In the event an abstract selected for the BEHSR student award is withdrawn by the author, it is the responsibility of the BEHSR student award candidate to notify the BEHSR IADR 2nd year directors about the withdrawal at least 2 weeks in advance of that year’s IADR Conference. 



Abstracts should be submitted to the BEHSR Group in response to the regular call for abstracts for the IADR General Session.


Review & Selection Process:

A subcommittee of the BEHSR Executive Committee will review abstracts with a student identified as the presenter on the abstract form. Abstracts will be judged based on scientific rigor, relevance, and potential impact.



A cash award of $200 and a certificate will be presented to each of the winners at the IADR BEHSR Business Meeting.



Supported by the BEHSR Group. 

Contributions toward this fund are most welcome.  

Contact Dr. Daniel W. McNeil, BEHSR President, with inquiries. E-mail:  


Past Recipients: 

Milica Jevdjevic
Radboud University, The Netherlands
Investment cases for oral health: development of a primer. J Dent Res 99(Spec Iss A):0173

Tsu-Shuan Wu
University of California, San Francisco, USA
Youth tobacco use: associations with household rules and parental awareness. J Dent Res 99(Spec Iss A):1202

Akanksha Srivastava
University of Connecticut, USA
Srivastava A, Feine J, Kelly RJ. Xerostomia patients’ quality-of-life and willingness-to-adopt an artificial implantable salivary gland. J Dent Res 98(Spec Iss A):3545 

Christian Razo
National Institute of Public Health, Mexico; University of Washington, USA
Rios Blancas MJ, Razo C, Lamadrid-figueroa H, Sotomayor-mancicidor O, Lozano R, Kassebaum N, Fitzmaurice C. Quantifying the health lost due to oral cancer in Latin America. J Dent Res 98(Spec Iss A):2408

Latha Davda
King's College London Dental Institute, UK, University of Portsmouth Dental Academy, UK
Dayda L, Gallagher J, Radford D, Scambler S. Migration motives of international dental graduates to the United Kingdom. J Dent Res 97(Spec Iss B):3226

Qianxi Feng 
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, USA
Feng Q, Suda K, Lockhart P, Thornhill M, Munshi K, Henderson R, Fraser V, Durkin M. National antibiotic prescribing trends among US dental specialists. J Dent Res 97(Spec Iss B):0330 

Noha Gomaa                                                                          University of Toronto, Canada
Gomaa N, Nicolau B, Tenenbaum H, Glogauer M, Siddiqi A, Quinonez C. Social disadvantage and systemic inflammation: Working synergistically in periodontal disease? 

Helena Schuch 
The University of Adelaide, Australia
Schuch HS, Peres K, Demarco F, Peres M, Do L, Effects of income trajectories on periodontal disease: birth-cohort study. J Dent Res 96(Spec Iss A):2986

Raul Palacio 
Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Palacio R, Vernazza C, Steele J, Shen J, Vale L. The use of decision analytic models in oral health interventions. J Dent Res 95(Spec Iss B):0160

Pre-doctoral student 
Yuriko Harada 
Kyushu University, Japan
Harada Y, Takeuchi K, Furuta M, Tanaka S. Gender-specific association between periodontal disease and job classification among employees. J Dent Res 95(Spec Iss B):1322

Jennifer Harmon
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Harmon J, Sanders A, Hartung J, Wilder R, Slade G, Essick G, Nackley A. Protective effect of circulating omentin-1 against chronic temporomandibular disorder pain. J Dent Res 94(Spec Iss A):4278

Cameron Randall 
West Virginia University, USA
Randall C, Shaffer J, McNeil D, Crout R, Weyant R, Marazita M. Dental fear and mc1r genotype: fear of pain as mediator. J Dent Res 94(Spec Iss A):2478

Supawadee Naorungroj
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Naorungroj S, Slade GD, Beck JD, Mosley TH, Gottesman RF, Alonso A, Heiss G. Cognitive decline and oral health measures: the ARIC study. J Dent Res 92(Spec Iss A):367

Akanksha Srivastava
McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada 
Srivastava A, Esfandairi S, Feine J. Willingness-to-pay for mandibular two-implant overdentures: a societal perspective. J Dent Res 92(Spec Iss A):2890

Marcos Correa 
Universidade Federal de Pelotas, BR
Correa MB, Peres MA, Peres K, Horta BL, Barros AJD, Demarco FF. Socioeconomic determinants affect the failure of restorations: a multilevel approach. J Dent Res 91(Spec Iss B):171

Cameron Randall
West Virginia University
Randall C, Shaffer JR, Wang X, Mcneil DW, Crout RJ, Weyant RJ, Marazita ML. Relation between dental fear and fear of pain: how heritable? J Dent Res 91(Spec Iss B):256

Kimon Divaris
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
K. Divaris, J.Y. Lee, D.A. Baker, And W.F. Vann. Early childhood oral health impacts and caregivers' oral health literacy. J Dent Res 90(Spec Iss A):109

Peter Nguyen
University of Michigan, USA
Nguyen P, Liang L, Sohn W. Retreatment of Restorations: Comparison of Healthy Kids Dental and Medicaid. J Dent Res 90(Spec Iss A):1791

Shimae Soheilipour
King's College London, UK
Soheilipour S, Dunne SM, Dickinson C, Newton JT. Providing information on antibiotic prophylaxis: a randomised controlled trial. J Dent Res 89(Spec Iss B):4627 

Peggy Näsman 
Karolinska Institutet, SE
Näsman P, Granath F, Ekbom A, Ekstrand J, Fored M. Drinking water fluoride exposure and risk of hip fracture. J Dent Res 88(Spec Iss A):13. 

Justin Durham 
Newcastle University, UK
Durham J, Moufti MA, Steele JG, Wassell RW, Exley CE. Can we improve the management of patients with temporomandibular disorders? J Dent Res 87(Spec Iss B):1915. 

Larissa Vilela
McGill University, CA
Vilela LDD, Allison PJ. Sense of coherence levels among head and neck cancer subjects. J Dent Res 87(Spec Iss B)1132 

Mohammad Adel Moufti
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Moufti MA, John MT, Allen PF, Meechan JG, Wassell RW, Steele JG. Sensitivity of OHIP as an outcome measure for temporomandibular disorders. J Dent Res 86(Spec Iss A):102. 

Monik Jimenez

Harvard School of Dental Medicine, USA
Jimenez M, Dietrich T, Joshipura K. Racial/ethnic variations in impact of socio-economic factors on tooth loss. J Dent Res 85(Spec Iss B):1221 

Julia Richman

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Richman J, Lee JY, Rozier RG, Gong DA, Talekar B, Vann WF. Evaluation of an oral health literacy reading recognition instrument. J Dent Res 84:2820

Bhavna Talekar

University of North Carolina, USA
Talekar B, Rozier RG, Slade GD. Development of an OHRQoL instrument for preschool children. J Dent Res 83:686 

Vanessa Muirhead

Barts and The London Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, EN
Muirhead VE, Marcenes W. The use of early school performance and free school meals receipt as novel school caries predictors. J Dent Res 82:417

Michelle Ortega
University of Florida, USA
Ortega M, Logan HL, Tomar S. Racial Differences in Head and Neck Cancer Stage, Treatment, and Vital Status. J Dent Res 82:1001 

Adesegun Tewogbade

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
Tewogbade A, Griffin SO, Beltran ED. Cost effectiveness of providing fluoride varnish to medicaid preschoolers. J Dent Res 81:2057

Tordis Trovik

University of Bergen, NO
Trovik TA, Klock KS, Haugejorden. Norwegian adults’ perceived need for a replacement of extracted teeth at the time of extraction. J Dent Res 80:1875 

Waranuch Pitiphat

Harvard University, USA
Jashipura KJ, Pitiphat W, Sun J, Tawara H, Douglass CW, Willett W. Validity of self-reported oral health measures. J Dent Res 79:2521 

Britt Reid 

University of Maryland, USA
Reid BC, Winn DM, Morse DE, Pendrys DG. Head and neck in-situ carcinoma: incidence, trends, and survival. J Dent Res 78:3095