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Prof Stephen Richmond 


Summary of Activities:

  • Best known for developing and implementing the use of the Peer Assessment Rating (PAR), Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN) and Index of Complexity, Outcome and Need (ICON) indices to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of orthodontic treatment.  
  • Recently studies have focused on three-dimensional facial growth and growth prediction (12-17 year olds) in different population groups and the influence of environment and genetics on face shape. 
  • Recent research awards exceed £2 million supported by over 150 publications.

Career Profile

Born and raised in Lancashire/Merseyside and attended schools in Aintree Village (Holy Rosary) and Maghull (Maricourt).  Currently residing in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.

Dental Career

1975 – 1979Dental Student, University of Sheffield
1979 - 1980Resident House Officer, Southampton General Hospital.
1980 - 1981Resident Senior House Officer, Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
1981General Dental Practitioner, Manchester.
1981 - 1985Senior House Officer then Registrar in Orthodontics, Welsh National School of Medicine (Cardiff).
1985 - 1991Lecturer/Honorary Senior Registrar in the Department of Oral Health and Development, Manchester.
1991 - 1993Head, Orthodontic Unit - Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in the Department of Oral Health and Development, Manchester.
1993 - 1997Reader, Department of Dental Health and Development, Head of Dental Quality Assurance - University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff.
1998 -Professor of Orthodontics, Dept of Dental Health & Development, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff.  Head of Department of Dental Health and Development
2001- 2007Head, Dental Health and Biological Sciences.  Honorary consultant in Orthodontics, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust.
2008- PresentHead, Applied Clinical Research & Public Health Research.  Honorary consultant in Orthodontics, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

Memberships / External Activities

Recent Oral Presentations

  • American Association of Orthodontists – Seattle 2007, Denver 2008, Chicago 2011.
  • Baltic Orthodontic Association – Kaunas 2011.
  • European Society of Orthodontists – Helsinki 2009, Portorôz 2010.
  • Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists – Hawaii 2010.

Teaching Profile

I provide both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.  The MScD course in Orthodontics is one of the longest running and successful courses in the country.  We able to recruit 2 home/EU candidates and 4 overseas students each year – please see requirements for the MSc course in orthodontics.  Five out of the last 8 MSc students (2010) achieved a distinction.

Opportunities are available for PhD students in the areas of:

  1. Epidemiology  – prevalence of malocclusions and facial features in populations.
  2. Clinical outcomes and clinical effectiveness in orthodontic provision – The use of occlusal indices to assess the quality of orthodontic treatment.
  3. The use of three-dimensional imaging in orthodontics.
  4. The use of biomechanical modelling to mimic facial structures.

Currently I am currently supervising 8 MSc and 5 PhD students with colleagues in a variety of disciplines.

Awards / Prizes

European Orthodontic Society Research Award, Venice 1992. (Essay and Oral Presentation),  Twelve prizes and awards have been gained by postgraduate students and collaborators in the last five years.