The Executive Committee of the Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research Group of IADR 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, in the current calendar year or in the calendar year prior to the current one 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 March 31, 2018. The paper should be accompanied by a brief letter describing why it is deemed worthy of an award. Manuscripts accepted for publication but not yet published should be accompanied by a copy of the acceptance letter from the journal editor. 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.

Giddon Award extended deadline: March 31, 2018.


Please send nominations or inquiries to Christopher Okunseri,

Past Recipients

2017 Recipient:
Cameron L. Randall
West Virginia University, USA.
Fear of Pain Mediates the Association between MC!R Genotype and Dental Fear. J Dent Res. 2016 Sep; 95(10: 1132-7

2016 Recipients:
Sarah Baker & Barry Gibson
University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Social oral epidemi(olog)2y where next: One small step or one giant leap? (2014). Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 42, 481–494

2015 Recipient:
Barry Gibson and Ninv Paul
Gibson B, Paul Ninv. Differentiation and Displacement: Unpacking the Relationship Between Accounts of Illness and Social Structure.

2014 Recipient:
Rebecca Harris & Robin Holt
Interacting Institutional Logics in General Dental Practice, Social Science and Medicine, 2013, 94, 63-70

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

2012 Recipient:
María Carillo-Díaz
Carillo-Díaz M, Crego A, Armfield J, Romero M. Self-assessed oral health, cognitive vulnerability, and dental anxiety in children: testing a mediational model. Comm Dent Oral Epi. 2012; 40: 8-16.

2011 Recipient:
Susan J Wang

Wang SJ, Briskie D, Hu JC, Majewski R, Inglehart MR. Illustrated information for parent education: parent and patient responses. Pediatr Dent. 2010 Jul-Aug;32(4):295-303. PubMed PMID: 20836948

2010 Recipient:
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 Nov;47(11):1121-8.

Slade G, 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, 86(11):1120-1125, 2007

Coldwell SE, Wilhelm FH, Milgrom P, Prall CW, Getz T, Spadafora A, Chiu I-Y, Leroux BG, Ramsay DS. "Combining Alprazolam with Systematic Desensitization Therapy for Dental Injection Phobia." Journal of Anxiety Disorders 2007: 21 (7): 871-887.\

Newton JT and Bower EJ. "The social determinants of oral health: new approaches to conceptualizing and researching complex causal networks." Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 2005; 33: 25-34.

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: 339-347.

Lee J, Rozier RG, Norton E, Kotch J, and Vann W. "Effects of WIC Participation on Children's Uses of Oral Health Services." American Journal of Public Health 2004; 94: 772-777.

Gilbert GH, Duncan, RP, Shelton, BJ. “Social Determinants of Tooth Loss.” Health Services Research 2003;38:1843–62.

Dworkin S, Huggins K, 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.” Journal of Orofacial Pain 2002;16:48–63.

Logan HL, Lutzendorf S, Kirchner HL, Rivera EM, Luberoff D. “Pain and Root Canal Treatment and subsequent Health Outcome.” Psychosomatic Medicine 2001;63:453–462.

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, D.D.S., M.S.D. (Senior Author), Peter Milgrom D.D.S. (Co-Author), Brian G. Leroux, Ph.D. (Co-Author), Natalie R. Hawkins, M.S. (Co-Author), “Treatment Outcomes with Mandibular Removable Partial Dentures: A Population-Based Study of Patient Satisfaction,” J Prosthet Dent 80:36–45 (1998)

Ulf Berggren (Senior Author), Sven Carlsson (Co-Author), Catharina Hägglin (Co-Author), Magnus Hakeberg (Co-Author), Viktor Samsonowitz (Co-Author), “Assessment of Patients with Direct Conditioned and Indirect Cognitive Reported Origin of Dental Fear,” European Journal of Oral Science 105:213–220 (1997)

Peter Milgrom, D.D.S. (Senior Author), Lloyd Mancl, Ph.D. (Co-Author), Barbara King, Ph.D. (Co-Author), Philip Weinstein, Ph.D. (Co-Author), Norma Wells, M.P.H. (Co-Author), Ellen Jeffcott, R.D.H. (Co-Author): “An Explanatory Model of the Dental Care Utilization of Low-Income Children,” Medical Care 4:554–566 (1998)

1997: Henrietta L. Logan, Ph.D. (Senior Author), Robert S. Baron, Ph.D. (Co-Author), Frank Kohout, Ph.D. (Co-Author): “Sensory Focus as Therapeutic Treatments for Acute Pain,” Psychosomatic Medicine 57:475–484 (1995)