Laurel Risom, a clinical associate professor at the Fones School of Dental Hygiene at the University of Bridgeport, has been named one of the “Top 20 Professors of Dental Hygiene” in the U.S. by

Risom and other winners were selected for being innovators and leaders “in everything from instructional methods to their scholarly research, and also leaders in the dental hygiene community.”

Risom, who said she was “surprised, humbled, and honored” by the award, has extensive experience in dental hygiene education, private practice, research, and public health.

“Education, public health, and improving oral health are a passion of mine, and I enjoy sharing public health outreach activities with my Fones students,” Risom added. “Dr. Fones had a strong vision of dental hygiene grounded in public health, which we continue to uphold today. I am proud to be a professor at the Fones School, of its commitment to our students, surrounding community, and its promotion of academic excellence. This unexpected recognition of my efforts is a reflection of the dedicated faculty I work with daily!”

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