Congratulations to Professor Sarah Baker for receiving a 2018 Distinguished Scientist Award

Sarah BakerProfessor Sarah Baker, Chair in Psychology as applied to Dentistry at our University, has been awarded the 2018 Distinguished Scientist Award for Behavioural, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research by the International Association of Dental Research (IADR).

This highly prestigious award is designed to and recognise outstanding achievements in the areas of behavioural science and health services research as they relate to dentistry. The award was presented at the IADR meeting in London last week.

Professor Baker has been at the School of Clinical Dentistry at the University of Sheffield in 2005. She has been an executive member of the Behavioural, Epidemiologic, and Health Services Research group of the IADR since 2010, serving as President in 2013-2014. She is associate editor of the journal Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, and on the editorial board of Community Dental Health and International Dental Journal.

Her central research interest is the examination of the psychological, social and behavioural factors which influence how individual’s experience oral health conditions and dental treatment. Understanding the role of such psychosocial factors allows her to explore potential mechanisms by which oral health impacts on individual’s quality of life and, in turn, develop, implement and evaluate intervention strategies to improve oral health both within clinical practice and for public health dentistry.

Professor Baker has received other recent awards for her contributions to social and behavioural sciences in dentistry include the 2013 and 2016 Giddon Award from the IADR for Distinguished Research in the Behavioural Sciences.

Sarah Baker said: "It is a very great honour to be recognised with such a prestigious award. As a Health Psychologist, and non-dentist, I am absolutely delighted that the international dental research community recognises the important contribution that social and behavioural sciences can make to understanding and improving the oral health of individuals and communities."

Find out more about Sarah and her research