Dr. Dan McNeil, a psychology professor at West Virginia University and a 1977 graduate of New College, was recently named a Claude Worthington Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award winner. His work on pain, fear, and dental health is recognized worldwide.

In speaking of the importance of Dr. McNeil’s research in behavioral dentistry, Dr. Kevin Larkin, chair of WVU’s psychology department, stated, “understanding the intricate connections between the experience of fear and pain is essential in promoting oral health. [McNeil’s research] serves as an excellent example of cross-discipline translational science.”

Dr. McNeil was also a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2010.