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Agnes Purcell McGavin Award for Prevention

The Agnes Purcell McGavin Award for Prevention, established in 1964, 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. Funded by a bequest from Dr. Agnes Purcell McGavin.

Program Benefits

A plaque, $1,500

Criteria / Eligibility

Candidates for the award must be a child/adolescent psychiatrist. Previous winners of the McGavin Award for Distinguished Career Achievement are eligible for this award.

Members of the McGavin Award Selection Committee are ineligible for the award for five years beginning with their first year on the committee.

Selection Criteria

The Chair of the Council on Children, Adolescents and Their Families convenes a selection committee to review nominees.

Nomination / Application Details

  • Nominations can be submitted at
  • An open call for nominations will be published in APA communications.
  • Nominations must include the following information:
    • A Letter of Recommendation.
    • The nominee’s current CV and bibliography.
    • Can only come from an APA member.


August 15


After the APAF Board of Directors confirms the awardees, typically in November.

Award Presentation

Award presented at the APA Annual Meeting


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