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Vestermark Psychiatry Educator Award

The Vestermark Psychiatry Educator Award recognizes excellence, leadership, and creativity in the field of psychiatric education and is given annually to a psychiatric educator for outstanding contributions to the education and development of psychiatrists. The award was established in 1969 in memory of Seymour Vestermark, M.D., chief of the National Institute of Mental Health Training Branch from 1948 to 1959 and an authority in the field of professional mental health education. The award concentrates on the field of psychiatric education in its broadest context, with special emphasis on preparation of teachers, use of new educational tools, and improved teaching techniques in the field of mental health.


  • Council on Medical Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Vestermark Award Committee

Program Benefits

Winner will present an award lecture on an educational topic during the Annual Meeting

Criteria / Eligibility

Contributions to medical education (type and extent of educational activities, including):

  • Medical student education
  • Graduate education
  • Continuing education
  • Interdisciplinary programs
  • Research in education

Innovations in education:

  • Improved teaching methods
  • Improved or new methods and strategies in evaluation
  • Exploration in new and/or neglected areas
  • Relation of education to service delivery and/or labor use

Administrative educational contributions, e.g., leadership in educational components of local and national academic organizations and/or institutions:

  • Publications related to education
  • Duration and intensity of commitment to psychiatric education
  • Peer evaluation (comments of colleagues, supervisors, etc.), student evaluation, and other awards, prizes, or commendations received

Nomination / Application Details


June 1 2022


January 2023

Award Presentation

Presented at APA's Annual Meeting


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Previous Winners

  • 2020 Jeffrey Lyness, M.D.
  • 2019 Alan K. Louie, M.D.
  • 2018 Nyapati R. Rao, M.D.
  • 2017 Sandra Sexson, M.D.
  • 2016 Robert E. Hales, M.D. | John H. Coverdale, M.D.
  • 2015 Geraldine S. Fox, M.D., M.H.P.E.

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