The Oskar Pfister Award was established in 1983 in memory of Oskar Pfister, an ordained minister who studied and used psychoanalytic principles in his work. The award honors outstanding contributions in the field of psychiatry and religion. Funded by the Association of Professional Chaplains and the Harding Foundation.
$1,000, Plaque, Award lecture at APA's Annual Meeting or Institute on Psychiatric Services
Criteria / Eligibility
Candidates for the award should be someone who has made outstanding contributions in the field of psychiatry and religion.
The Chair of the Caucus on Religion, Spirituality, and Psychiatry convenes a selection committee to review nominees.
Nomination / Application Details
- An open call for nominations will be published in APA communications.
- Self-nominations and nominations by a colleague are accepted.
- Nominations must include the following information:
- A Letter of Recommendation.
- The nominee’s current CV and bibliography.
After the APAF Board of Directors confirms the awardees, typically in November.
Award presented at the APA Annual Meeting during the Pfister Award Lecture.