Promote oral health globally by advancing the robust application of behavioral and social sciences

Thursday, October 29

Friday, October 30

9:00am to 1:30pm EDT

Hosted virtually

No cost to attend,

pre-registration is required by
October 23, 2020


Maximize the impact of behavioral and social sciences for the promotion of oral health by building consensus among health scientists and clinicians about essential foci, identifying critical next steps, and fostering transdisciplinary collaboration

The 2020 Behavioral and Social Oral Health Sciences Summit is an inaugural international conference, and the first comprehensive meeting specifically for behavioral and social oral health sciences in over 25 years.

Originally organized as a Satellite Symposium of the 98th General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research, the Summit is sponsored by the Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research (BEHSR) scientific group. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session was cancelled and the Summit postponed. The Summit has been reimagined and its programming reconfigured so that the mission can be achieved via a virtual meeting and affiliated online activities.

The Summit will focus on four overarching themes, including:​​

  • Behavioral and social theories, models, conceptual frameworks, and mechanisms related to oral health

  • Methodological issues in behavioral and social oral health research and practice

  • Intervention science: Developing and testing behavioral and social science approaches to promote oral health

  • Dissemination and implementation science for oral and craniofacial health

A major outcome of the Summit will be a planned consensus statement highlighting the role of behavioral and social sciences in oral health. In addition, meeting proceedings will be published.

Researchers of all levels, including students/trainees, are invited to attend the Summit.

For registrants unable to attend in real-time, all sessions will be recorded and made available via the registration portal.


Especially so our colleagues in the Asia/Pacific region have the opportunity to conveniently participate and engage in real-time, a follow-up reactor panel session will be hosted on November 12 (8:00-10:00pm EST), open to all registrants and also recorded. Registration for the Summit includes registration for this session.


Exciting supplementary pre-meeting programming will be made available to registrants via the portal. 

Summit participants will have the opportunity to be acknowledged for their endorsement of the planned consensus statement regarding behavioral and social oral health sciences that will be submitted for publication following the meeting.

Abstracts accepted for presentation at the originally planned March 2020 Summit meeting will be invited for presentation at the virtual meeting in October 2020. New abstract submissions will not be accepted. Those engaged in behavioral and social science research related to oral health are encouraged to submit new abstracts for presentation at the 2021 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session and Exhibition (July 21-24, 2021)!

The Summit has been organized with considerable guidance from and program planning by members of its Steering Committee, in partnership with IADR BEHSR leadership.

Summit Co-Organizers:

Daniel W. McNeil, PhD, West Virginia University

Cameron L. Randall, PhD, University of Washington

Summit Steering Committee:

Sarah Baker, PhD, The University of Sheffield

Belinda Borrelli, PhD, Boston University

Jacqueline Burgette, DMD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Barry Gibson, PhD, The University of Sheffield

Lisa J. Heaton, PhD, University of Washington

George Kitsaras, PhD, The University of Manchester

Colman McGrath, PhD, The University of Hong Kong

J. Tim Newton, PhD, King's College London

Elise Rice, PhD, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Melissa Riddle, PhD, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

For more information, contact Drs. Dan McNeil, BEHSR President ( and Cameron Randall, BEHSR Secretary/Treasurer (