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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.

APA Component

  • Council on Children, Adolescents, and Their Families
  • McGavin Award Selection Committee

Program Benefits

A plaque, $1,500

Criteria / Eligibility

  • A child/adolescent psychiatrist
  • Previous winners of the McGavin Award for Distinguished Career Achievement are eligible
  • Member of the McGavin Award Selection Committee are ineligible for the award for five years beginning with their first year on the committee

Nomination / Application Details

  • Only an APA member may nominate individuals
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Nominee's CV

Submit to


August 15



Award Presentation

Presented at an appropriate child and adolescent psychiatry session during APA's Annual Meeting.


Christian Sosa
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