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Rebecca Harris Named Recipient of the Distinguished Scientists Award in Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research

Alexandria, Va., USA, May 6, 2020 – The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) announced Rebecca Harris, University of Liverpool, England, as the 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Scientists Award in Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research.

Harris is Professor and Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health and also Dean of the Institute of Population Health Sciences which includes the Department of Public Health and Policy and the Department of Health Service Research. The Institute is committed to improving lives through developments in health services, through population studies, and through impacting services, systems and policy at the heart of health and social care, both locally and globally.

Her research work covers organizational aspects of the delivery of primary dental care such as the factors which influence responses to dental contracts and delivery of preventive care in dental practice. Her research interests are in programs and policies to tackle inequalities in health and health care. She is currenting leading a NIHR Program Grant for Applied Research which is developing and testing an intervention to reduce inequalities in the use of routine dental service.

The Behavioral, Epidemiological and Health Services Research Award is supported by DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement and is designed to stimulate and recognize outstanding achievements in the areas of behavioral science and health services research as they relate to dentistry. The award consists of a monetary award and a plaque and is one of the 17 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, one of the highest honors bestowed by IADR.

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session, the award was given locally.

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