Dr. McNeil is a Director of the Center for Oral Health Research in Appalachia (COHRA), with which he has been involved for over 20 years. At West Virginia University, he now is an Eberly Distinguished Professor Emeritus, and a Clinical Professor Emeritus of Dental Public Health & Professional Practice. Presently, he also is an Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. A A licensed clinical psychologist, he is a clinical researcher with interdisciplinary interests in health psychology, including behavioral dentistry, studying the experience and expression of emotion, particularly anxiety and pain. Dr. McNeil's other interests are on health inequities and access to and utilization of oral healthcare in underserved groups, particularly those in rural areas, including Appalachia. Dr. McNeil has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for over 20 years for behavioral dentistry and other oral health research.
Distinguished Scientist Award for Behavioral, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research, International Association for Dental Research