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  July 19, 2004

Dental School Professor Honored For
Excellence In Research, Administration

Susan Reisine, head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Community Health and associate dean for dental research for the School of Dental Medicine, is the recipient of the Health Center Board of Directors Faculty Recognition Award.

Image: Susan Reisine

Award-winning faculty member Susan Reisine at the Health Center has done research in sociology, oral health, and medicine.
Photo by Peter Morenus

Reisine, who has done research in sociology, oral health, and medicine, was chosen for her research on psychosocial outcomes of oral disease, research on arthritis and fibromyalgia, and academic and administrative excellence.

The award was established in 2003 by the Board of Directors to recognize and celebrate excellence in faculty members.

Dental School Dean Peter J. Robinson accepted the award for Reisine at the Health Center's commencement exercises May 16. Reisine, who was attending her son's graduation at the College of Charleston, said she was very honored to be recognized by the board and regretted that she couldn't be in both places at the same time.

Reisine received her first independent National Institutes of Health grant in 1981 and has maintained continuous funding since then. She is also principal investigator of the UConn Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health, a joint effort of the schools of dental medicine and medicine. The center, which she spearheaded, was funded by the NIH in 2000 and is the only center of its kind in the nation at a dental school. In 2003, Reisine was awarded the Distinguished Scientist Award in Behavioral Sciences and Health Services from the International Association for Dental Research.

"Cross-disciplinary work is important because it breaks down the artificial distinctions between the mouth and the body and allows insights developed in one area to be applied to others," said Robinson, who nominated Reisine. "Her ability to apply her analysis to radically different clinical conditions is testimony to her intellectual stature, and accounts for the sophistication and quality of her writing and research."

Robinson also noted that Reisine "is building a strong research infrastructure within the school of dental medicine and increasing research activities throughout the school."

Reisine is a graduate of the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and received a master's and Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University. She started her career at the Health Center as a research associate in 1976.

As recipient of the board's recognition award, Reisine received a $10,000 prize, and her name and photo are displayed on a permanent plaque at the Health Center.