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Daniel McNeil 2021 recipient of the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in BEHSR

Grant and Award Announcement

International & American Associations for Dental Research

Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) announced Daniel McNeil, West Virginia University, Morgantown, USA, as the 2021 recipient of the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research. McNeil was recognized during the Opening Ceremonies of the virtual 99th General Session & Exhibition of the IADR, held in conjunction with the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the 45th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR), on July 21-24, 2021.

McNeil is the Eberly Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Eberly College of Arts & Sciences at West Virginia University, Morgantown, USA. His career has contributed to our understanding of the role played by psychosocial factors in the etiology and maintenance of health, with a major emphasis on behavioral dentistry and behavioral medicine. Particular areas of focus have been pain, dental fear, anxiety and phobia.

McNeil's work is interdisciplinary, drawing on the strengths of behavioral science, epidemiology, genetics and the exploration of social influences on health. He has published widely, with over 170 peer reviewed publications in academic journals, within the areas of dental care-related fear and anxiety, health psychology, the nature and function of anxiety, fear and pain, health services for underserved populations, childhood caries and psychological and behavioral assessment methodologies.

McNeil is currently the President of the IADR Behavioral Epidemiologic and Health Services Research Scientific Research Group and a Journal of Dental Research Editorial Board member.

The IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Behavioral, Epidemiological and Health Services Research is supported by CareQuest Institute for Oral Health 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.


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International Association for Dental Research

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