John D. Rugh, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Evidence Based Practice Program
Department of Developmental Dentistry
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Phone: (210) 567-6142
Dr. John D. Rugh received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and completed four years of postdoctoral training at Claremont Graduate School before joining the Dental School Faculty at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
His research has focused on the behavioral aspects of oral health and most recently the problems of science transfer and the diffusion of innovation. He has published in the areas of facial pain, bruxism, biobehavioral aspects of orthognathic surgery and oral function and aging. His research has included NIH-funded multicenter randomized clinical trials and an ADA-funded science transfer program. In 1985, he initiated San Antonio’s Student Research Program through a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Grant. His current academic interest is in establishing a school-wide comprehensive Evidence-Based Practice Program. This program is supported by a four-year NIH R25 Education Research Grant.
As Director of Research for the Dental School at San Antonio (1991-1997), he established multiple Faculty Research Development Programs and an NIH-funded Student Research Training Program. More recently, as Chair of the Orthodontic Department, he provided the leadership to establish the Dental School's Orthodontic Residency Program.
Dr. Rugh has held multiple local and national elected leadership positions, including Director of Research for the UTHSCSA Dental School from 1991–97, Acting Chair of Community Dentistry from 1983–84 and Chair of the Department of Orthodontics 1996-201o. Under his leadership, the department established an orthodontic residency program.
Dr. Rugh served as President of the American Association for Dental Research (1994–95) and served a four-year term on the Scientific Advisory Council of the National Institute for Dental Research. He is an Honorary Member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and the San Antonio District Dental Society. He was the recipient of the 2002 Distinguished Scientist Award in Behavioral Sciences and Health Service Research from the International Association for Dental Research. Most recently, in 2007, he was awarded Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Dentists.
Dr. Rugh has edited 4 books, 17 book chapters, 130 scientific articles and over 230 research abstracts.
Education and Training
1968 B.A. Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California
1975 Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California
1973-197 Post-Doc, Experimental Psychology, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California
1977-1980 Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry and Psychiatry, UTHSC-SA
1980-1982 Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry and Psychiatry, UTHSC-SA
1982-1984 Associate Professor and Director of Research, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, UTHSC-SA
1983-1984 Associate Professor and Acting Chairman, Community Dentistry, UTHSC-SA
1985-1990 Professor & Director of Research, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, UTHSC-SA
1991-1997 Professor, Department of Orthodontics and Director of Research for the Dental School, UTHSC-SA
1996-2011 Chair, Department of Orthodontics, UTHSC-SA
1983 Canadian Medical Research Council, Visiting Professor
1982 Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society
1982-1985 National Institutes of Health, Oral Biology and Medicine Study Section (Member 1982-85)
1987-1988 President, Neuroscience Section, International Association for Dental Research
1989-1990 Board of Directors, American Association for Dental Research
1994-1995 President, American Association for Dental Research
1995 Honorary Member, American Dental Association
1995-1998 National Institutes of Health, National Advisory Dental Research Council (Member 1995-98)
1996-1997 Selected as Harald Loe Scholar
2002 IADR, Behavioral Sciences & Health Sciences Research Distinguished Scientist Award
2007 Honorary Fellowship, American College of Dentists
Hatch, J.P., Rugh, J.D. The Science Transfer Series: Keeping Up-to-Date The Revista Odonto Ciência 2010;25(1):5-7.
Neeley, W.W., Dolce, C., Hatch, J.P., Van Sickels, J.E., Rugh, J.D. Relationship of Body Mass Index to Stability of Mandibular Advancement Surgery With Rigid Fixation. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2009 Aug;136(2):175-184.
Nomura, M., Motegi, E., Hatch, J.P., Gakunga, P.T., Ng'ang'a, P.M., Rug, J.D., Yamaguchi H. Esthetic Preferences Of European American, Hispanic American, Japanese, And African Judges For Soft-Tissue Profiles. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2009 Apr;135(4 Sup):87-95.
Frey, D.R., Hatch, J.P., Van Sickels, J.E., Dolce, C., Rugh, J.D. Effects of Surgical Mandibular Advancement and Rotation on Signs And Symptoms of Temporomandibular Disorder: A 2-Year Follow-Up Study. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2008 Apr;133(4):490-498.
Deahl, S.T., Salome, N., Hatch, J.P., Rugh, J.D. Practice-Based Comparison of Direct and Indirect Bonding. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2007 Dec;132(6):738-742.
Frey, D.R., Hatch, J.P., Van Sickels, J.E., Dolce, C., Rugh, J.D. Alteration of The Mandibular Plane During Sagittal Split Advancement: Short- And Long-Term Stability. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 2007 Aug;104(2):160-169.
Rezende Frey, D., Hatch, J.P., Van Sickels, J.E., Dolce, C., Rugh, J.D. Alteration of The Mandibular Plane During Sagittal Split Advancement: Short-And Long-Term Stability Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontology 2007;104:160-169.
Neeley, W.W., Hatch, J.P., Calogero, D., Van Sickles, J., Rugh, J.D. The Relationship of Body Mass Index to Stability of Mandibular Advancement Surgery with Rigid Fixation. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics 2006;129:184-193.
Mobley, C.C., Rugh, J.D., Karotkin, J.W., Bhatt, A.A. Enhancing Patient Adherence to Preventive Programs In: David P. Cappelli and Connie C. Mobley. Prevention in Clinical Oral Health Care. St. Louis, MO: MOSBY Elsevier; 2008. p. 134 - 144.