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Cameron L. Randall, PhD

Cameron L. Randall

Assistant Professor, Oral Health Sciences



I am an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral Health Sciences at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. My program of research applies behavioral science, especially health psychology, to dentistry and dental public health. The overall goals of this work are to improve dental care delivery and oral health outcomes, with a major aim to reduce health disparities.

I have specific research interests in: (1) psychological processes involved in, and social/behavioral interventions for, dental/orofacial pain, dental treatment-seeking behavior, and oral health behavior; (2) the etiology, prevention, and amelioration of dental treatment avoidance, particularly as a function of dental care-related fear/anxiety; and (3) the dissemination of knowledge on these topics to healthcare professionals, and the implementation of evidence-based practice in the oral health arena. As a clinical psychologist, I treat patients in the oral medicine clinic at the University of Washington School of Dentistry.

I also engage in teaching—primarily for dental and medical students/residents—on topics such as behavioral science, clinical health psychology, health behavior change, healthcare-related fear/anxiety, pain management, pediatric behavior guidance, integrated care, Motivational Interviewing, interprofessional and patient-provider communication, and cultural humility.

My research applies social and behavioral science to dentistry. To guide my work, I draw on training in experimental psychopathology, behavioral genetics, clinical health psychology, dissemination and implementation science, public health, and translational science. Three specific areas of scientific inquiry currently characterize my multilevel, transdisciplinary program of research.

  1. Randall, C. L. (2018). On motivational interviewing for oral health promotion: State of the field and future directions. JDR Clinical and Translational Research, 3(4), 376-377. [PDF]
  2. Ford, C., Manegold, E., Randall, C. L., Aballay, A., & Duncan, C. L. (in press). Assessing the feasibility of implementing low-cost virtual reality therapy during routine burn care. Burns, 44(4), 886-895. [PDF]
  3. McNeil, D. W., Kennedy, S. G., Randall, C. L., Addicks, S. H., Wright, C. D., Hursey, K. G., & Vaglienti, R. (2018). The Fear of Pain Questionnaire-9: Brief assessment of fear of pain. European Journal of Pain, 22(1), 39-48. [PDF]
  4. McNeil, D. W., Addicks, S. H., & Randall, C. L. (2017). Motivational interviewing for health behavior change. Oxford Handbooks Online. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935291.013.21 [PDF]
  5. Mittinty, M. M., Brennan, D. S., Randall, C. L., McNeil, D. W., Mittinty, M. N., & Jamieson, L. (2017). Influence of fear of pain and coping strategies on health-related quality of life and patient-anticipated outcomes in patients with chronic pain: Cross-sectional study protocol. JMIR Research Protocols, 6(9), e176. [PDF]
  6. Randall, C. L., & McNeil, D. W. (2017). Motivational interviewing as an adjunct to cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety disorders: A critical review of the literature. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 24(3), 296-31. [PDF]
  7. Addicks, S. H., McNeil, D. W., Randall, C. L., Goddard, A., Romito, L., Sirbu, C., Kaushal, G., Metzger, A., & Weaver, B. D. (2017). Dental care-related fear and anxiety: Distress tolerance as a possible mechanism. JDR Clinical & Translational Research, 2(3), 304-311. [PDF]
  8. Randall, C. L., Wright, C. D., Chernus, J., McNeil, D. W., Feingold, E., Crout, R. J., Neiswanger, K., Weyant, R. J., Shafer, J.R., & Marazita, M. L. A preliminary genome-wide association study of pain-related fear: Implications for orofacial pain. Pain Research and Management, 2017, 7375468. [PDF]
  9. Randall, C. L., Shaffer, J. R., McNeil, D. W., Crout, R. J., Weyant, R. J., & Marazita, M. L. (2017). Toward a genetic understanding of dental fear: Evidence of heritability. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 45(1), 66-73. [PDF]
  10. Randall, C. L., McNeil, D. W., Shaffer, J. R., Crout, R. J., Weyant, R. J., & Marazita, M. L. (2016). Fear of pain mediates the association between MC1R genotype and dental fear. Journal of Dental Research, 95(10), 1132-1137. [PDF]
  11. McNeil, D. W., Hayes, S. E., Randall, C. L., Polk, D. E., Neiswanger, K., Shaffer, J. R., Weyant, R. J., Foxman, B., Kao, E., Crout, R. J., Chapman, S., Brown, L. J., Maurer, J. L., & Marazita, M. L. (2016). Depression and a Rural Environment are Associated with Poor Oral Health among Pregnant Women in Northern Appalachia. Behavior Modification, 40(2), 325-340. [PDF]
  12. Bamonti, P. M., Keelan, C. M., Larson, N., Mentrikoski, J. M., Randall, C. L., Sly, S. K., Travers, R. M., & McNeil, D. W. (2014). Promoting ethical behavior by cultivating a culture of self-care during graduate training: A call to action. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 8(4), 253-260[PDF]
  13. Randall, C. L., Shulman, G. P., & McNeil, D. W. (2014). Gagging during dental treatment: Associations with dental care-related fear, fear of pain, and beliefs about treatment. Journal of the American Dental Association, 145, 452-458. [PDF]
  14. Randall, C. L., McNeil, D. W., Crout, R. J., Weyant, R. J., & Marazita, M. L. (2013). Collecting psychosocial self-report data in oral-health research: Impact of literacy level and computerized administration. Social Science and Dentistry, 2(2), 80-87. [PDF]