This award recognizes excellence in behavioral sciences and health services research by a pre-doctoral and a post-doctoral student. 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 In the event an abstract selected for the BEHSR student award is withdrawn by the author, it is the responsibility of the BEHSR student award candidate to notify the BEHSR IADR 2nd year directors about the withdrawal at least 2 weeks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 by the October 25, 2019 deadline.

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.


If there are any questions, please contact the Second Year Directors from the Officers list.

Past Recipients:

Outstanding Pre-doctoral Student Abstract
Maria Rios Blancas

Outstanding Postdoctoral Student Abstract
Akanksha Srivastava


Pre-Doctoral Student
Qianxi Feng, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
National antibiotic prescribing trends among US dental specialists

Post-Doctoral Student
Latha Davda
King's College London Dental Institute, University of Portsmouth Dental Academy
Migration motives of international dental graduates to the United Kingdom


Pre-Doctoral Student
Helena S Schuch, The University of Adelaide, Australia.
Effects of Income Trajectories on Periodontal Disease: Birth-cohort Study.

Post-Doctoral Student
Noha Gomaa, University of Toronto, Canada
Social Disadvantage and Systemic Inflammation: Working Synergistically in Periodontal Disease?


Pre-doctoral student award.
Yuriko Harada, Kyushu University, Japan
K. Takeuchi, M. Furuta, & S. Tanaka
Gender-specific association between periodontal disease and job classification among employees.

Post-doctoral student award.
Raul Palacio, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
C. Vernazza, J. Steele, J. Shen, & L. Vale
The use of decision analytic models in oral health interventions


Cameron Randall, West Virginia University,
‘Dental Fear and MC1R Genotype: Fear of Pain as Mediator’.

Jennifer Harmon, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
‘Protective Effect of Circulating Omentin-1 Against Chronic Temporomandibular Disorder Pain’. 


Pre-doctoral: Willingness-to-pay for Mandibular Two-implant Overdentures: A Societal Perspective
A. SRICASTAVA, S. ESFANDAIRI, and J. FEINE, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Post-doctoral: Cognitive Decline and Oral Health Measures: The ARIC Study
S. NAORUNGROJ, Oral Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, G.D. SLADE, Dental Ecology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, J.D. BECK, School of Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, T.H. MOSLEY, Division of Geriatrics, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, R.F. GOTTESMAN, Neurology, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, A. ALONSO, Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, and G. HEISS, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC


Pre-doctoral: Relation between Dental Fear and Fear of Pain: How Heritable?
C. RANDALL, J.R. SHAFFER, X. WANG, D.W. MCNEIL, R.J. CROUT, R.J. WEYANT, and M.L. MARAZITA, West Virginia University, and University of Pittsburgh, USA

Post-doctoral: Socioeconomic Determinants Affect the Failure of Restorations: A Multilevel ApproachM.
B. CORREA, M.A. PERES, K. PERES, B.L. HORTA, A.J.D. BARROS, and F.F. DEMARCO, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil


Pre-doctoral: Retreatment of Restorations: Comparison of Healthy Kids Dental and Medicaid
P. NGUYEN, L. LIANG, and W. SOHN, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Post-doctoral: Early Childhood Oral Health Impacts and Caregivers' Oral Health literacy
K. DIVARIS, J.Y. LEE, D.A. BAKER, and W.F. VANN, Dept. of Pediatric Dentistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC




Nasman, P,* F. Granath, A. Ekbom, J. Ekstrand, and M. Fored. "Drinking Water Fluoride Exposure and Risk of Hip Fracture." J Dent Res 2009, 88 (Spec Iss A): # 13. Post-doctoral student award.


Durham J,* Moufti MA, Steele JG, Wassell RW, Exley CE. "Can We Improve the Management of Patients with Temporomandibular Disorders?" J Dent Res 2008, 87 (Spec Iss B): # 1915. Post-doctoral student award.

Vilela LDD,* Allison PJ. "Sense of Coherence Levels among Head and Neck Cancer Subjects. J Dent Res 2008, 87 (Spec Iss B): # 1132. Pre-doctoral student award.


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 2007; 86 (Spec Iss A): #0102.


Jimenez M,* Dietrich T, Joshipura K. "Racial/Ethnic Variations in Impact of Socio-economic Factors on Tooth Loss." J Dent Res 2006; 85 (Spec Iss B): #1221.


Richman J,* Lee JY, Rozier RG, Gong DA, Talekar B, Vann WF, Jr. “Evaluation of an Oral Health Literacy Reading Recognition Instrument.” J Dent Res 2005; 84: # 2820.


Talekar B,* Rozier RG, Slade GD. “Development of an OHRQoL Instrument for Preschool Children.” J Dent Res 2004; 83: # 41749.


Muirhead VE,* Marcenes W. “The Use of Early School Performance and Free School Meals Receipt as Novel School Caries Predictors.” J Dent Res (IADR Abstract #0417) 2003;82:B-65.

Ortega M,* Logan HL, Tomar S. "Cancer Stage, Treatment, and Status Differences Between Non Hispanic White and Non Hispanic Black Males with Head and Neck Cancer." J Dent Res 2003; 82.


Tewogbade A,* Griffin SO, Beltran ED. “Cost Effectiveness of Providing Fluoride Varnish to Medicaid Preschoolers.” J Dent Res (IADR Abstract #2057) 2002;81:A–265.


Trovik TA,* Klock KS, Haugejorden. “Norwegian Adults’ Perceived Need for a Replacement of Extracted Teeth at the Time of Extraction.” J Dent Res (IADR Abstract #1875) 2001;80:761.


Jashipura KJ, Pitiphat W*, Sun J, Tawara H, Douglass CW, Willett W. “Validity of Self-Reported Oral Health Measures.” J Dent Res (IADR Abstract #2521) 2000;79:459.


Reid BG*, Winn DM, Morse DE, Pendrys DG. “Head and Neck In-Situ Carcinoma: Incidence, Trends, and Survival.” J Dent Res (IADR Abstract #3095) 1999;78:492.