Dr Behrents received a BA from St. Olaf College, his dental training at Meharry Medical College, and his orthodontic training and Master of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University. He received a PhD degree from the University of Michigan for work conducted at the Center for Human Growth and Development. In 2001, he was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor Honoris Causa) by the University of Athens, Greece. He received the Blair Distinguished Service Award from the AAOF in 2007, the Jarabak International Teacher Award in 2011, and the Ketcham Award in 2020. He has received several awards for his research, has authored and co-authored numerous articles pertaining to clinical orthodontics and facial growth, and has lectured extensively across the USA and abroad. He has served on the faculties at Case Western Reserve University, the University of Tennessee, and Baylor College of Dentistry. He served as the Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Dental Education from 2003-2011. Until his recent retirement in 2018, he was the Lysle E. Johnston, Jr Professor of Orthodontics and Director of the orthodontic programme at the Center for Advanced Dental Education of Saint Louis University.
Presently he teaches at SLU on a part-time basis as a Clinical Professor. He continues to serve as a Research Associate at the Bolton-Brush Growth Study Center of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and has served as Co-Director of the Graduate Orthodontic Residents Program since 1999. He is the present Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.
The consequence of adult growth
Clinical disciplines with foundations in craniofacial biology have traditionally focused on growth and development of the craniofacial complex from birth through adolescence. This period of time covers rapidly accelerating, and dramatically obvious, changes in the skeleton and is the period when treatment has been undertaken to correct problems of growth. In this time period, growth is considered one of the most important and powerful determinants of success in orthodontics.
It is also now accepted that the craniofacial skeleton continues to grow in adulthood. Even though the tempo of growth is less, substantial changes are possible in both the adult males and females. Moreover, the changes that occur during this period can affect the stability of teeth, the craniofacial skeleton, and the soft tissues. In so doing, growth can both enhance and detract from the intended result
Aims, Objectives & Learning Outcomes
Aims: This course will describe aspects of growth and development from childhood through adulthood.
Objectives: To describe how growth affects clinical practice with regard to the timing, goals, and conduct of treatment and retention.
Learning outcomes: At the end of the course, delegates should have a better undertsanding of the impact of adult facial growth and be able to describe how this may affect their clinical practice.