IADR Giddon Award for Distinguished Research in the Behavioral Sciences

The Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research Group (BEHSR) of IADR announces the Giddon Award for Distinguished Research in the Behavioral Sciences. This award recognizes a single research investigation published, or accepted for publication, between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023 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.

Award Prize/Recognition


Key Dates

Applications Open:

Jul 11, 2023

Applications Closed:

Jan 05, 2024

  • Senior author of paper published or accepted for publication between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023
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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 December 31, 2023. 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., 2023) 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.

2023 Recipients

Cristin Kearns, University of California, San Francisco, USA

For the paper:
"Dominant Power and the Concept of Caste: Implications for Dentistry and Oral Health Inequality" 
Cristin Kearns, George Taylor, Snehlata Oberoi, and Elizabeth Mertz

Questions about the Award?

Tamanna Tiwari

Award Coordinator (Group President)

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