Associate Professor Jason Armfield

Associate Professor
Associate Professor Jason Armfield
  Org Unit Adelaide Dental School
  Email jason.armfield@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 4050
  Location Floor/Room WS9099.05 ,  Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building ,   North Terrace

Dr Jason Armfield is an Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide's Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH). Jason has previously been awarded an NHMRC Public Health (Overseas) Early Career Fellowship and was awarded a further 4-year NHMRC Career Development Fellowship commencing in 2013. Between 2009 and 2011 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Dental Fears Research Clinic at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has worked at ARCPOH in a research capacity since 1997, has been continuously involved in teaching within the School of Dentistry since 1999, and has been involved in supervising several higher degree students.

Jason is on the Editorial Board of the journals Social Science and Dentistry and BMC Oral Health, on the advisory board of Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology and is the Treasurer of the Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).

Jason received his PhD in Dentistry from the University of Adelaide in 2008 and also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology from the Flinders University of South Australia.

2014   IADR ANZ Division Investigator Award in Preventive and Community Dentistry
2013   Australian Dental Industry Association Research Award for highest ranked ADRF grant application
2012   National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship (2013–2017: value approx. $400,000)
2012   Faculty International Conference Award, awarded by the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide
2012   Giddon Award for Distinguished Research in the Behavioral Sciences (winning paper), awarded by the Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research (BEHSR) Group of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), June 2012
2010   IADR Australian and New Zealand Division Colgate Travel Grant
2008   National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Post-doctoral Overseas Training Fellowship (2009–2012: value approx. $350,000)
2008   Best Presentation in PhD Student Category, awarded at the Colgate Australian Clinical Dental Research Centre and University of Adelaide School of Dentistry Research Day
2008   IADR Colgate “Research in Prevention” Travel Award
2000   HECS Exemption Postgraduate Award (2000–2008), awarded by the School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide
1996   Australian Postgraduate Scholarship Award with Stipend (1996–1998)
1995   Flinders University Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation
1994   Flinders University Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation
1993   Australian Psychological Society Second Level Prize
1992   Flinders University Chancellor’s Letter of Commendation

Jason is currently accepting and happy to take on students to work on a number of exciting dental anxiety related projects. Please contact him if you are interested in finding out more information.

Jason has been heavily involved in research related to children's oral health, oral health inequalities, water fluoridation and dental fear. He is currently involved in several projects, both within Australia and internationally, aiming to better understand, and ultimately reduce, the high prevalence of dental anxiety and fear in the population. He is also involved in other large research studies including Australia's National Child Oral Health Survey.

Jason has presented approximately 30 papers, including a number of invited presentations, at national and international conferences.

Jason has published over 60 scientific articles. In 2006, he published a theory of the etiology of fear, and has since applied this theory to better understanding the origins of dental fear, specifically. In 2010, he published a new scale to more accurately measure dental anxiety and fear. He has also published numerous reports for the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's Dental Statistics and Research Unit on the oral health of Australian children.

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Journal articles

  • Armfield JM, Ketting M. Predictors of dental avoidance among Australian adults with different levels of dental anxiety. Health Psychology (In press).
  • Armfield JM, Mohan H, Luzzi L, Chrisopoulos S. Dental anxiety screening practices and training needs of Australian dentists. Australian Dental Journal (In press).
  • Crego A, Carrillo-Diaz M, Armfield JM, Romero M. Dental fear and expected effectiveness of destructive coping as predictors of children’s uncooperative intentions in dental settings. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry (Online Early).
  • Mejía GC, Armfield JM, Jamieson LM. Self-rated oral health and oral health inequalities. Australian Dental Journal 2014;59:226-33.
  • Jamieson LM, Armfield JM, Parker EJ, Roberts-Thomson KF, Broughton J, Lawrence H. Development and evaluation of the Stages of Change in Oral Health instrument. International Dental Journal 2014;64:269-77.
  • Armfield JM, Enkling N, Wolf C, Ramseier CA. Dental fear and satisfaction with dental services in Switzerland. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 2014;74:57-63.
  • Armfield JM, Mejía GC, Jamieson LM. Socioeconomic and psychosocial correlates of oral health. International Dental Journal 2013;63(4):202-9.
  • Crego A, Carillo-Diaz M, Armfield JM, Romero-Maroto M. Applying the Cognitive Vulnerability Model to the analysis of cognitive and family influences on children's dental fear. European Journal of Oral Sciences 2013;121:194-203.
  • Armfield JM. Predicting dental avoidance among dentally fearful Australian adults. European Journal of Oral Sciences 2013;121:240-6.
  • Carrillo-Diaz M, Crego A, Armfield JM, Romero M. The moderating role of dental expectancies on the relationship between cognitive vulnerability and dental fear in children and adolescents. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 2013;41:269-78.
  • Armfield JM. What goes around comes around: revisiting the hypothesised vicious cycle of dental fear and avoidance. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 2013;41:279-87.
  • Heaton LJ, Mancl LA, Grembowski D, Armfield JM, Milgrom P. Adults with mental illness are at greater risk for unmet dental need: results from a nationally representative study of a vulnerable U.S. population. Journal of the American Dental Association 2013;144:e16-e23.
  • Armfield JM, Spencer AJ, Roberts-Thomson KF, Plastow K. Water fluoridation modifies the effect of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption on dental caries in Australian children. American Journal of Public Health 2013;103:494-500.
  • Melbye MLR, Armfield JM. The dentists’ role in public health promotion of water fluoridation: a call to action for dentists and educators. Journal of the American Dental Association 2013;144:65-75.
  • Carrillo-Diaz M, Crego A, Armfield JM, Romero M. Adaptation and psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the Index of Dental Anxiety and Fear (IDAF-4C+). Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry 2012;10:327-37.
  • Armfield JM (ARCPOH). The avoidance and delaying of dental visits in Australia. Australian Dental Journal 2012;57:1-5.
  • Carrillo-Diaz M, Crego A, Armfield JM, Romero-Maroto M. Self-assessed oral health, cognitive vulnerability and dental anxiety in children: testing a mediational model. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 2012;40:8-16.
  • Carrillo-Diaz M, Crego A, Armfield JM, Romero-Maroto M. Assessing the relative efficacy of cognitive and non-cognitive factors as predictors of dental anxiety. European Journal of Oral Sciences 2012;120:82-8.
  • Carrillo-Diaz M, Crego A, Armfield JM, Romero-Maroto M. Treatment experience, frequency of dental visits and children’s dental fear: a cognitive approach. European Journal of Oral Sciences 2012;120:75-81.
  • Armfield JM. A comparison of three continuous scales used to determine the prevalence of clinically significant dental fear. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 2011;39:554-563.
  • Armfield JM, Pohjola V, Joukamaa M, Mattila A, Suominen AL, Lahti S. Exploring the associations between somatisation, dental fear and dental visiting. European Journal of Oral Sciences 2011;119:288-93.
  • Armfield JM, Akers HF. Community water fluoridation support and opposition in Australia. Community Dental Health 2011;28:40-46.
  • Armfield JM, Milgrom P. A clinician guide to patients afraid of dental injections and numbness. SAAD Digest 2011;27:33-39.
  • Armfield JM. Australian population norms for the Index of Dental Anxiety and Fear (IDAF-4C). Australian Dental Journal 2011;56:16-22.
  • Armfield JM. The extent and nature of dental fear and phobia in Australia. Australian Dental Journal 2010;55:368-77.
  • Akers HF, Armfield JM. Australian opinions on water fluoridation: do Queenslanders believe differently? Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry 2010;1:65-73.
  • Mejía GC, Jamieson LM, Armfield JM, Slade GD. Is dental fear an aetiologic factor in non-ideal dental service utilisation? Social Sciences and Dentistry 2010;29-36.
  • Jamieson LM, Armfield JM, Roberts-Thomson KF, Sayers SM. A retrospective longitudinal study of caries development in an Australian Aboriginal birth cohort. Caries Research 2010;44:415-20.
  • Armfield JM. Community effectiveness of public water fluoridation in reducing children’s dental disease. Public Health Reports 2010;125:655-64.
  • Armfield JM. How do we measure dental anxiety and fear and what are we measuring anyway? Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry 2010;8:107-15.
  • Armfield JM. Development and psychometric evaluation of the Index of Dental Anxiety and Fear (IDAF-4C+). Psychological Assessment 2010;22:279-87.
  • Armfield JM, Akers HF. Risk perception and water fluoridation support and opposition in Australia. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 2010;70:58-66.
  • Armfield JM. Towards a better understanding of dental anxiety and fear: cognitions vs experiences. European Journal of Oral Sciences 2010;118:259-64.
  • Bailie RS, Stevens M, Armfield JM, Ehsani JP, Beneforti M, Spencer AJ. Association of natural fluoride in community water supplies with dental health of children in remote Indigenous communities - implications for policy. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 2009;33:205-11.
  • Armfield JM, Spencer AJ, Slade GD. Changing inequalities in the distribution of caries associated with improving child oral health in Australia. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 2009;69:125-34.
  • Armfield JM, Slade GD, Spencer AJ. Are people with dental fear under-represented in oral epidemiological surveys? Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2009;44:495-500.
  • Armfield J. Oral health of teenage children in South Australia. Australian Dental Journal 2009;54:166-9.
  • Armfield JM, Slade GD, Spencer AJ. Dental fear and adult oral health in Australia. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 2009;37:220-30.
  • Brennan DS, Armfield JM. Using oral epidemiology to inform dental public health policy. Public Health Bulletin SA 2008;5:34-37.
  • Armfield JM, Spencer AJ. Quarter of a century of change: caries experience in Australian children, 1977–2002. Australian Dental Journal 2008;53:151-9.
  • Armfield JM. The benefits of water fluoridation across areas of differing socio-economic status. Australian Dental Journal 2008;53:180-3.
  • Spencer AJ, Armfield JM, Slade GD. Exposure to water fluoridation and caries increment. Community Dental Health 2008;25:12-22.
  • Armfield JM. A preliminary investigation of the relationship of dental fear to other specific fears, general fearfulness, disgust sensitivity and harm sensitivity. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 2008;36:128-36.
  • Armfield JM, Spencer AJ, Slade GD. Cognitive vulnerability and dental fear. BMC Oral Health 2008;8:2.
  • Armfield JM. An experimental study of the role of vulnerability related perceptions in spider fear: comparing an imaginal and in vivo encounter. Journal of Anxiety Disorders 2008;22:222-32.
  • Jamieson LM, Armfield JM, Roberts-Thomson KF. Dental caries trends among indigenous and non-indigenous Australian children. Community Dental Health 2007;24:238-46.
  • Armfield JM. When public action undermines public health: a critical examination of antifluoridationist literature. Australia and New Zealand Health Policy 2007;4:25.
  • Armfield JM. Understanding animal fears: a comparison of the cognitive vulnerability and harm-looming models. BMC Psychiatry 2007;7:68.
  • Armfield JM. Manipulating perceptions of spider characteristics and predicted spider fear: evidence for the Cognitive Vulnerability Model of the etiology of fear. Journal of Anxiety Disorders 2007;21:691-703.
  • Armfield JM. Socioeconomic inequalities in child oral health: a comparison of discrete and composite area-based measures. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 2007;67:119-25.
  • Armfield JM, Spencer AJ. Community effectiveness of fissure sealants and the effect of fluoridated water consumption. Community Dental Health 2007;24:4-11.
  • Jamieson LM, Parker EJ, Armfield JM. Indigenous child oral health at a regional and state level. Journal of Paediatric Child Health 2007;43:117-21.
  • Armfield JM, Stewart JF, Spencer AJ. The vicious cycle of dental fear: exploring the interplay between oral health, service utilization and dental fear. BMC Oral Health 2007; 7:1 doi:10.1186/1472-6831-7-1.
  • Jamieson LM, Armfield JM, Roberts-Thomson KF. Indigenous and non-indigenous child oral health in three Australian States and territories. Ethnicity and Health 2007;12(1):89-107.
  • Armfield JM. The extent of water fluoridation coverage in Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 2006;30:581-2.
  • Armfield JM, Spencer AJ. Intra-oral distribution of caries in South Australian children. Australian Dental Journal 2006;51:268-71.
  • Armfield JM. Cognitive vulnerability: a model of the etiology of fear. Clinical Psychology Review 2006;26:746-68.
  • Armfield JM, Spencer AJ, Stewart JF. Dental fear in Australia: who’s afraid of the dentist? Australian Dental Journal 2006;51(1):78-85.
  • Jamieson LM, Armfield JM, Roberts-Thomson KF. Oral health inequalities among Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in the Northern Territory of Australia. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 2006;34(4):267-76.
  • Jamieson LM, Armfield JM, Roberts-Thomson KF. The role of location in Indigenous and non-Indigenous child oral health. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 2006;66:123-30
  • Armfield JM. High caries children in Australia: a ‘tail’ of caries distribution. Australian Dental Journal 2005;50(3):204-6.
  • Armfield JM. Public water fluoridation and dental health in New South Wales. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 2005; 29: 477-83
  • Armfield JM, Spencer AJ. Changes in South Australian children’s caries experience: is caries
  • re-surfacing? Australian Dental Journal 2004;49(2):98–101.
  • Armfield JM, Spencer AJ. Consumption of non-public water: implications for children’s caries experience. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 2004;32(4):283-296.
  • Singh KA, Spencer AJ, Armfield JM. Relative effects of pre- and posteruption water fluoride on caries experience of permanent first molars. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 2003 Winter;63(1):11-9.
  • Armfield JM, Mattiske JK. Vulnerability representation: the role of perceived dangerousness, uncontrollability, unpredictability and disgustingness in spider fear. Behaviour Research and Therapy 1996;34:899-909.

Reports and books

  • Armfield JM, Spencer AJ. Dental health behaviours among children 2003–04: The use of fluoride toothpaste, fluoride tablets and drops, and fluoride mouthrinse. Cat. no. DEN 215. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2012.
  • Ha DH, Roberts-Thomson KF, Armfield JM. The Child Dental Health Surveys Australia, 2005 and 2006. Dental statistics and research series no. 58. Cat. No. DEN 213. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2011.
  • Armfield, JM. Changes in child toothbrushing over time. AIHW Dental Statistics and Research Unit Research report no. 54. Cat. no. DEN 211. Canberra: AIHW, 2011.
  • Armfield JM, Brennan DS. Dental health of Australia’s teenagers and pre-teen children: The Child Dental Health Survey, Australia 2003–04. Cat. no. DEN 199. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2010.
  • Armfield JM, Slade GD, Spencer AJ. Water fluoridation and children’s dental health: The Child Dental Health Survey, Australia 2002. Cat. no. DEN 170. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2007.
  • Jamieson LM, Armfield JM, Roberts-Thomson KF. Oral health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Cat. no. DEN 167. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2007.
  • Armfield JM, Slade GD, Spencer AJ. Socioeconomic differences in children’s dental health: The Child Dental Health Survey, Australia 2001. AIHW cat. No. DEN 152.Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2006.
  • Armfield JM, Roberts-Thomson KF, Slade GD, Spencer AJ. Dental health differences between boys and girls: The Child Dental Health Survey, Australia 2000. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2004.
  • Armfield JM, Roberts-Thomson KF, Spencer AJ. The Child Dental Health Survey, Australia 1999: Trends across the 1990s. Adelaide; AIHW Dental Statistics and Research Unit, The University of Adelaide, 2003.
  • Armfield JM, Roberts-Thomson KF, Spencer AJ. The Child Dental Health Survey, Australia 1998. Adelaide; AIHW Dental Statistics and Research Unit, The University of Adelaide, 2002.
  • Armfield JM, Roberts-Thomson KF, Spencer AJ. The Child Dental Health Survey, Australia 1997. Adelaide; AIHW Dental Statistics and Research Unit, The University of Adelaide, 2000.
  • Armfield JM, Roberts-Thomson KF, Spencer AJ. The Child Dental Health Survey, Australia 1996. Adelaide; AIHW Dental Statistics and Research Unit, The University of Adelaide, 1999.
  • DSRU (Armfield JM). Urban and rural variations in child oral health: research report No. 28. Adelaide: AIHW, 2006. [DEN 154]

 

Jason has been a member of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) since 1998 and is currently a 3rd Year Director in the Behavioural, Epidemiological and Health Services Research (BEHSR) Group of IADR.

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