Phil Weinstein, PhD

Dr. Philip Weinstein is a Professor of Dental Public Health Sciences and Adjunct Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and Psychology at the University of Washington. He is the Director of the Dental Behavioral Science Research Program at the University of Washington and co-Director of the Dental Fears Research clinic, where he maintains a private practice. Dr. Weinstein received his undergraduate training at Queens College in New York and his graduate training in psychology at the University of Kentucky, receiving his Ph.D. in 1971. 



Dr. Weinstein has been an active NIH-funded investigator his entire career. While his past research has studied dental fear and pain, his present focus is the prevention and control of caries in children. He has published over 150 articles and four books (three with Peter Milgrom). His current sponsored research includes a large randomized clinical trial of massive doses of fluoride varnish and a recent groundbreaking study of motivational techniques to prevent caries. Two-year results of this study with 240 high-risk children comparing a brief counseling technique to traditional health education show a 50% reduction in caries incidence. 


As a result of his research and clinical experiences, Dr. Weinstein wrote Motivate Your Dental Patients in 2002. Since then Dr. Weinstein has provided 26 Continuing Education courses on this topic and is a consultant for Health Canada—First Nations and Inuit Division. He had received a Mombusho award from the Japanese government (he frequently lectures and consults in Japan) and a community service award from the University of Washington.

Contact Information:
Phillip Weinstein, PhD
Professor of Dental Public Health Sciences
Director, Behavioral Sciences Research Program, Psychology & Pediatric Dentistry
Box 357475, B-509 Health Sciences Bldg.
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7475
Office: 206 543-2034
Fax: 206 685-4258
philw@uw.edu