Jonathan Timothy to Receive the 2016 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research


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June 21, 2016

Alexandria, Va., USA - The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) will present Jonathan Timothy Newton with the 2016 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research. He will be recognized at the Opening Ceremonies of the 94th IADR General Session & Exhibition, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Seoul, Republic of Korea. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the 3rd Meeting of the IADR Asia Pacific Region and the 35th Annual Meeting of the IADR Korean Division.

Newton is professor of psychology as applied to dentistry and honorary consultant health psychologist, King's College London, England, UK. He earned a B.A. in psychology and a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Liverpool, England, UK. He has developed the methods and detail of studies of the dental workforce, studying dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and dental technicians in England, Scotland and New Zealand. He has investigated the oral health of people with special dental needs, the role of dental aesthetics and the role of dentists in identifying cases of abuse. In addition he has evaluated many aspects of dental treatment using a variety of research designs including observational studies, randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews.

Newton has been active in greater incorporation of psychological and other theory into clinical and epidemiological research. His aetiological model of the social determinants of oral health has become the framework by which health inequalities are studied. Similarly, he has studied and tested the use of psychological theory as part of interventions to improve oral health. As a psychologist he has also furthered researchers understanding of dental anxiety and its management; as well as observational research to investigate the causes and mechanisms of dental anxiety. He has an extensive portfolio of research developing and evaluating interventions to reduce this condition.

The Behavioral, Epidemiological and Health Services Research Award is generously supported by Unilever Oral Care 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 prize 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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