Dr. Samuel Dworkin, professor of oral medicine at the University of Washington School of Dentistry and a pioneer in research on chronic orofacial pain, has been named the 1997 recipient of the Behavioral Sciences and Health Services Research Award presented by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).
The award recognizes Dworkin’s efforts to extend concerns about the diagnosis and management of chronic orofacial pain to include the human impact of such painful conditions on the overall well-being of patients. Both a dentist and clinical psychologist, Dworkin headed the first major epidemiological study on temporomandibular disorder (TMD) pain in the United States. Dworkin’s recent research efforts have focused on cognitive interventions for TMD pain.
A member of the UW faculty since 1974, Dworkin holds a joint appointment as professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences for the School of Medicine. He currently heads the Orofacial Pain Research Group in the Department of Oral Medicine.
Dworkin received his award March 19 in Orlando, Fla., at the IADR’s 75th General Session.