Institute for Orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopedic Research

We utilize GSO’s cutting-edge research to improve our patients’ clinical treatment and experience.

We aim to initiate well designed clinical research to position Georgia School of Orthodontics as a pioneer in the field of orthodontic research. The key to our effort is providing the required infrastructure, research funding, and personnel to achieve our goals of being preeminent nationally and internationally in the next five years. The funding dedicated to the Institute aids research in trials on accelerated orthodontics, three-dimensional cone beam computed tomography and Clear Aligners.

Research at GSO gives an excellent opportunity for graduate residents to investigate and have firsthand experience in this scholarly activity. The residents work closely with a primary investigator who guides them through conducting the research, which helps to develop critical thinking and improve their communication skills. Additionally, the school also encourages the residents to present their research findings at the American Association for Dental Research and the American Association of Orthodontics meetings held annually.

Dr. John Stockstill


Research Director

Our innovative research department is led by our Director of Research, Dr. John Stockstill. His extensive experience and publications ensure that GSO stays at the forefront of orthodontic study.

Dr. Stockstill attended the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and received a Bachelor of Science (’73) in Pre-Dentistry. After completing his Doctorate in Dental Surgery (’75) from Louisiana State University Health Science Center School of Dentistry he served for two years in the U.S. Public Health Service/U.S. Coast Guard as a staff dentist (rank of Lieutenant) and received an honorable discharge in 1977.

Dr. Stockstill attended the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine as a Neuromuscular Research in Clinical Dentistry Fellow and completed his M.S. in Oral Sciences and Certificate in Temporomandibular Disorders/Orofacial Pain in 1987. He served as Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry and was promoted to Associate professor in 1994. He entered the Orthodontic Residency at the UNMC College of Dentistry and received his Certificate in Orthodontics in 1996. Later he joined the faculty at Creighton University School of Dentistry where he served as Associate professor until 2001, when he joined the Medical College of Georgia College of Dental Medicine as Director of Orthodontic Research and Director of undergraduate orthodontic curriculum.

In 2012 he joined the faculty of the ECU School of Dental Medicine as Division Director of Orthodontics and as Director of Curricula in Orthodontics as well as TMD/Orofacial Pain. After successfully developing the orthodontic and TMD/Orofacial Pain curricula at ECU, Dr. Stockstill was recruited by Seton Hill University to serve as Professor of Orthodontics within the Center for Orthodontics residency program. He now serves as Professor and Director of Research at the Georgia School of Orthodontics.

Published Faculty

The Georgia School of Orthodontics Institute for Orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopedic Research is proud to include esteemed researchers and faculty among its members. Their published works help keep GSO a pioneer in the field of orthodontic research. Please click on the present and past faculty images below for a list of their respective publications.

Resident and Faculty Research Publications

Our faculty and residents keep GSO at the forefront of cutting-edge orthodontic research. Please click below to view some of their impressive publications.