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APA Awards

APA Awards recognize psychiatrists and other mental health advocates for their contributions to the APA and the field of psychiatry, for career recognition, lifetime service, outstanding research, and other categories that improve the lives of people with mental illness.

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  • Recognizes an individual for major contributions to the body of knowledge concerning management of mental health services delivery systems.
  • Nomination Deadline: June 1
  • PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES, NON-PSYCHIATRISTS
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  • Honors career achievement in psychiatric research.
  • Nomination Deadline: June 1
  • RESEARCH, CAREER ACHIEVEMENT
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  • Honors a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has been noted for outstanding contributions to the advancement of child and adolescent psychiatry in activities such as teaching, research, writing, clinical care, advocacy, and policy.
  • Nomination Deadline: August 15
  • TEACHING & MENTORSHIP, CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY, RESEARCH, PUBLISHING, PUBLIC SERVICE, PYSCHIATRIC SERVICES
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  • Recognizes a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has made significant contributions to the prevention of mental disorders in children and adolescents and influenced the general well-being of young people.
  • Nomination Deadline: August 15
  • CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY
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  • Acknowledges research achievements in the treatment of schizophrenia, emphasizing early diagnosis and treatment and psychosocial aspects of the disease process.
  • Nomination Deadline: September 30
  • RESEARCH, SCHIZOPHRENIA
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  • Honors a woman psychiatrist who has made significant contributions to promoting women's health and the advancement of women.
  • Nomination Deadline: August 15
  • DEIB, WOMEN’S HEALTH
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  • Recognizes a District Branch for exemplary standard practices and/or innovative programs in areas such as member services, communications, financial management, government affairs, and meetings/education, with a special interest in practices and programs that hold potential for replication by other District Branches.
  • Nomination Deadline: March 1
  • APA MEMBERS, APA ASSEMBLY AWARDS
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  • Recognizes an APA member who has, at risk to her/his professional and personal status, taken an ethical stand against intimidating pressure for the good of patient care and in keeping with APA Principles of Ethics.
  • Nomination Deadline: March 1
  • ETHICS, APA MEMBERS, APA ASSEMBLY AWARDS
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  • Recognizes a single distinguished contribution, a body of work, or a lifetime contribution that has had a major impact on the field and/or altered the practice of psychiatry.
  • Nomination Deadline: October 7
  • RESEARCH, CAREER ACHIEVEMENT, PUBLISHING
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  • Acknowledges a senior member who has made a significant contribution to psychiatry.
  • Nomination Deadline: March 1
  • CAREER ACHIEVEMENT, PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES, APA MEMBERS
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  • Recognizes outstanding and published research in child and adolescent psychiatry that has resulted in, or promises to lead to, a significant advance in promoting the mental health of children.
  • Nomination Deadline: October 7
  • RESEARCH, PUBLISHING, CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY
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  • Recognizes outstanding contributions of APA members in the care and understanding of the victims of disaster.
  • Nomination Deadline: July 31
  • PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES, APA MEMBERS
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  • Presented to an APA member who has authored an outstanding publication on ethics.
  • Nomination Deadline: June 1
  • ETHICS, APA MEMBERS, PUBLISHING
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  • Recognizes the extraordinary efforts of individuals to promote the human rights of populations with mental health needs by bringing attention to their work.
  • Nomination Deadline: August 15
  • PUBLIC SERVICE, NON-PSYCHIATRIST, HUMAN RIGHTS
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  • Recognizes an outstanding clinician in the field of pharmacogenomics.
  • Nomination Deadline: October 7
  • PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES, CAREER ACHIEVEMENT, RESEARCH, PHARMACOGENOMICS
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  • Honors individuals and/or organizations that have contributed exceptional meritorious service to American psychiatry.
  • Nomination Deadline: October 31
  • PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES, NON-PSYCHIATRISTS, PUBLIC SERVICE
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  • Recognizes an APA member who has made significant contributions to psychiatric services for persons with intellectual developmental disorders/developmental disabilities, through direct clinical services or teaching or research.
  • Nomination Deadline: July 10
  • TEACHING & MENTORING, RESEARCH, PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, DEIB
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  • Honors a physician who has made significant contributions to the enhancement of the integration of international medical graduates into American psychiatry.
  • Nomination Deadline: August 15
  • DEIB, INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES (IMG)
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  • Recognizes an early-career geriatric psychiatrist who has made noteworthy contributions to geriatric psychiatry through excellence in research, teaching, clinical practice, and community service and has demonstrated the potential to develop into a leader in the field.
  • Nomination Deadline: August 15
  • RESEARCH, TEACHING & MENTORING, PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES, PUBLIC SERVICE, GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY, RESIDENTS & EARLY CAREER
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  • Honors both an early career psychiatrist and a senior APA member for outstanding contributions to the field of psychiatric health services research.
  • Nomination Deadline: October 7
  • PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES, APA MEMBER, RESEARCH, RESIDENTS & EARLY CAREER
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  • Recognizes APA members who have made outstanding and sustaining contributions to resident education in psychiatry in a salaried or voluntary capacity.
  • Nomination Deadline: June 1
  • TEACHING & MENTORING, APA MEMBER
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  • Recognizes a person who has made outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry or to the psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence.
  • Nomination Deadline: June 1
  • FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY, RESEARCH
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  • Nomination Deadline: August 15
  • Honors a psychiatrist for outstanding work in clinical practice, training, or research in geriatric psychiatry.
  • GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY, TEACHING & MENTORING, RESEARCH
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  • Given to a public servant recognizing their contributions to the field of mental health.
  • Nomination Deadline: August 31
  • PUBLIC SERVICE, NON-PSYCHIATRISTS
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  • Recognizes the achievements of former fellows of the Minority Fellowships who have made (or are making) significant contribution(s) to the profession and/or the minority community.
  • Nomination Deadline: August 15
  • APA MEMBERS, DEIB, RESIDENT & EARLY CAREER
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  • Honors an individual whose work has contributed to the improvement of mental health of sexual minorities.
  • Nomination Deadline: August 15
  • SEXUAL MINORITIES, NON-PSYCHIATRISTS, DEIB
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  • Honors an individual who has contributed to research advancing the biopsychosocial aspects of psychiatry.
  • Nomination Deadline: October 7
  • RESEARCH
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  • Recognizes significant contributions to research on the causes and treatment of schizophrenia for both a senior researcher and a mentor.
  • Nomination Deadline: October 7
  • SCHIZOPHRENIA, RESEARCH, TEACHING & MENTORING, RESIDENT & EARLY CAREER
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  • Recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions toward understanding the impact and importance of Asian cultural heritage in areas relevant to psychiatry.
  • Nomination Deadline: August 15
  • DEIB, ASIAN HERITAGE
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  • Recognizes an outstanding contribution to the literature of forensic psychiatry in the form of a book, monograph, paper, or other work published or presented at a professional meeting.
  • Nomination Deadline: June 1
  • FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY, PUBLISHING
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  • Recognizes distinguished contributions to Psychiatric Neuroscience that have had a major impact on the field and/or altered the practice of psychiatry.
  • Nomination Deadline: October 7
  • NEUROSCIENCE, RESEARCH
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  • Nomination Deadline: August 15
  • Provides seed money to launch innovative ideas in the field of mental and behavioral health.
  • APA MEMBERS, PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES
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  • Honors outstanding contributions in the field of psychiatry and religion.
  • Nomination Deadline: August 15
  • RELIGION
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  • Recognizes a public figure respected for personal accomplishments and beliefs, who has promoted the improvement of services for people coping with mental disorders and substance abuse, and who has fought stigma by speaking out about experiences with mental illness and psychiatric treatment.
  • Nomination Deadline: June 1
  • NON-PSYCHIATRIST, PUBLIC SERVICE
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  • Recognize outstanding programs that deliver services to people with mental illness or disabilities that have overcome obstacles and that can serve as models for other programs.
  • Nomination Deadline: July 31
  • NON-PSYCHIATRIST, PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES, PUBLIC SERVICE
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  • Honors an academic psychiatrist who has fostered the pursuit of student research within his/her university department through direct mentorship of individual students or by the promotion of novel research-oriented training activities.
  • Nomination Deadline: October 7
  • APA MEMBERS, RESEARCH, TEACHING & MENTORING
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  • Recognizes one outstanding psychiatry residents or fellows from each department or institution who exemplifies one or more APA values.
  • Nomination Deadline: March 31
  • APA MEMBERS, RESIDENT & EARLY CAREER
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  • Given to one salaried faculty member and one volunteer faculty member per each medical school, per year, for outstanding and sustained contributions to medical student education.
  • Nomination Deadline: June 1
  • TEACHING & MENTORING
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  • Recognizes departing members of the Assembly who have served the Assembly far beyond the general standards of service shown by most members of the Assembly.
  • Nomination Deadline: March 1
  • APA MEMBERS, APA ASSEMBLY AWARDS
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  • Honors a prominent advocate for Hispanics and is designed to sensitize APA members to the mental health problems and goals of Hispanics.
  • Nomination Deadline: August 15
  • DEIB, NON-PSYCHIATRISTS, HISPANIC MENTAL HEALTH, PUBLIC SERVICE
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  • Honors a black citizen who has pioneered in an area that has significantly improved the quality of life for black people.
  • Nomination Deadline: August 15
  • NON-PSYCHIATRIST, BLACK MENTAL HEALTH, DEIB, PUBLIC SERVICE
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  • Recognizes excellence, leadership, creativity, and outstanding contributions to the education and development of psychiatrists.
  • Nomination Deadline: June 1
  • TEACHING & MENTORING, APA MEMBERS
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  • Recognizes recent or current outstanding activities or contributions in the field of psychiatry and mental health.
  • Nomination Deadline: At the Discretion of Area Councils
  • PUBLIC SERVICE, NON-PSYCHIATRISTS, APA MEMBERS, PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES, APA ASSEMBLY AWARDS
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  • Honor a Resident-Fellow Member (RFM) and a District Branch in each Area who has made the most notable progress in RFM activities, involvement, participation, or representation in the APA.
  • Nomination Deadline: At the Discretion of Area Councils
  • APA ASSEMBLY AWARDS, APA MEMBERS, RESIDENTS & EARLY CAREER
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  • Nomination Deadline: At the Discretion of Area Councils
  • Recognizes individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the treatment of patients and the practice of psychiatry in rural and/or remote geographic areas.
  • APA MEMBERS, RURAL PSYCHIATRY, PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES
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