The Bruno Lima Award in Disaster Psychiatry recognizes outstanding contributions of APA members in the care and understanding of the victims of disaster. This includes members of APA District Branches and State Associations who epitomize the APA’s highest ethical, clinical, and professional standards, while engaged in one or more of the following activities:
- Providing consultation, education, training and awareness on mental health and disaster issues
- Providing direct service delivery as part of a disaster response team
- Designing disaster response plans
Dr. Bruno Lima, a Brazilian-born psychiatrist and member of the APA’s original Task Force on Psychiatric Dimensions of Disaster, was an expert on the mental health of survivors of natural disasters. He was widely recognized for his research on the survivors of natural disasters conducted while consulting, through the Pan American Health Organization, with national mental health agencies in Latin America. Dr. Lima completed his psychiatric training at New York University and his residency at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, later completing a master’s degree at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health before going on to conduct research on psychiatric disorders with the World Health Organization. After working tirelessly at Johns Hopkins as a Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of the Community Psychiatry Program, Dr. Lima succumbed to a rare form of leukemia at age 41. Dr. Lima’s short, but impactful, career helped to establish the lasting endeavor of the APA to support the education and training of psychiatrists in the care and understanding of the victims of disaster.