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Tim Smith, Ph.D.

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Professor of Behavioral Science, 
     College of Medicine, University of Kentucky
Professor of Oral Health Science, 
     College of Dentistry, University of Kentucky
Professor of Educational and Counseling 
     Psychology, College of Education, 
     University of Kentucky
Adjunct Faculty member, 
    Department of Dental Public Health Sciences, 
    College of Dentistry, University of Washington
Ph.D., M.A., University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
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Dr. Smith is conducting research in two major areas. First, he is interested in the development, impact, and treatment of dental fear and anxiety. He has participated in research on anxiety's impact on patient sedation and the impact of new dental technology, such as lasers, on patient pain and anxiety. He has formed a network of dental practitioners to treat dental fear. His training in statistics has been used in studies of methods of measuring dental anxiety. Second, for thirty years, Dr. Smith has studied the effectiveness of educational technology. He currently is directing and evaluating a distance learning post-doctoral program for practicing dentists using a two-way compressed television network developed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


Spina, A.M., Smith, T.A., Marcinai, R.D., and Marshall, E.O. A survey of resident selection procedures in oral and maxillofacial surgery, J. Oral Maxillofac. Surg., 58:660-666, 2000.

Dionne, R., Yagiela, J., Moore, P., Gonty, A., Zuniga, J., and Bierne, R. for the Collaborative Sedation Study Group. Comparing efficacy and safety of four intravenous sedation regimens in dental outpatients, J. Amer. Dent. Assoc., 132:740-751, 2001.

Skelton, J., Mullins, M., Kaplan, A., West, K., and Smith, T. University of Kentucky community-based field experience: program description, J. Dent. Educ., 65(11):1238-1242, 2001.

Skelton, J., Smith, T., Betz, W., and Heaton, L. Improving the oral health knowledge of osteopathic medical students, J. Dent. Educ., 66(11): 1289-1296, 2002.

Marciani, R., Smith, T., and Heaton, L. Applicants' opinions about the selection process for oral and maxillofacial surgery programs, J. Oral Maxillofac. Surg., 61: 608-614, 2003.

Smith, T. and Heaton, L. Dental fear: are we making any progress? J. Amer. Dent. Assoc., in press.

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Timothy A. Smith, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky 
College of Medicine
Department of Behavioral Science
Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0086 

Tel:  (859) 323-6510
Fax: (859) 323-5350



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