SFL Research Awards

SFL Research Award

Smiles for Life offers two annual awards to support publication or presentation of research in a scholarly format to encourage formal evaluation of trainings or data collection around provider or student knowledge or behavior change.

The Smiles for Life Research Award is a $600 stipend to be used to support travel and accommodations to present SFL-related research results at an educational conference. Applicants may be from any learning institution or education level and must have published or had their study accepted for publication or presentation at a conference using some aspect of SFL as the basis of the research. Applications will be accepted from graduate or post-graduate institutions of any health profession and in any professional format (poster, platform, publication) that has occurred or is planned any time during the calendar year.

Applications for the award are open, and due by January 15, 2024.  Applicants will be notified of our decision by February 15, 2024.

Completed applications should be emailed to: Jenny Pearson at [email protected]

Click here to download the research award application.

Award Recipients


Francisco Ramos-Gomez of UCLA presented the study "Mixed methods evaluation of a multidisciplinary oral health education program for pediatric medical and nursing providers" at the 2022 IAPD Global Summit in Rome, Italy


Catherine K. Sadowski of Mercer University published the study "Longitudinal Integration of Oral Health Training Into Physician Assistant Education" in The Journal of Physician Assistant Education in March 2021, Volume 32, Issue 1.



Applications not accepted due to travel restrictions during COVID-19 pandemic.


Susan Patton of The University of Arkansas presented the study "Parent Reports of Their Children's Oral Health Behaviors as Predictors of Oral Health Status" at the 2019 Sigma Theta Tau's 30th International Nursing Research Congress in Calgary, Canada.


Francisco Ramos-Gomez of UCLA presented the study "Evaluation model for an innovative interprofessional pediatric dentistry residency curriculum" at the 2019 National Oral Health Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.


Ricardo Padilla of the UNC School of Dentistry for the study "Interprofessional Collaboration to Integrate Oral Health Into Medical Education" presented at the Duke University Academy of Health Professions Education and Academic Development (AHEAD) Conference, 2018.


Roxanne Mariola Dsouza of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Dentistry for the study "Promoting Foundations for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: Oral Health in Nursing Education" presented at the American Dental Education Association Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, 2018.


Carley Kirk of Altarum Institute for the study "Transforming the Primary Care Oral Health Landscape through Quality Improvement" presented at the 2017 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition (NCE).


Jennifer Forbes of Idaho State University Physician Assistant Program for the study "Advancing Oral Health Knowledge and Attitudes of Physician Assistant Students through the Implementation of STFM's Smiles for Life Oral Health Curriculum" presented at the AMEE International Medical Education Conference in Helsinki, Finland, 2017.


Michelle DiBaise of AT Still University PA Program for the study "The Impact of Longitudinal Outreach Activities on Physician Assistant Students' Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Oral Health" presented at the Physician Assistant Education Association Western Consortium Conference in Hillsboro, OR.


Dr. John Girdwood of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry for the study "Program Fidelity of a Statewide Medical-Dental Initiative to Improve Oral Health" presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco, CA.

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