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Each year APA honors individuals for career recognition, lifetime service, outstanding research, and other categories that improve the lives of people with mental illness. Below, you will find a summary of all APA awards.

Chester M. Pierce Human Rights Award

The Chester M. Pierce Human Rights Award recognizes extraordinary efforts by individuals and organizations focused on promoting and supporting the human rights of populations with mental health needs, while maintaining the ethical standards of the APA.

Distinguished Service Award

Distinguished Service Award honors individuals and/or organizations who have contributed exceptional meritorious service to the field of psychiatry and/or APA.

Frank J. Menolascino Award

The Frank J. Menolascino Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to psychiatric services for persons with intellectual development disorders/development disabilities, through direct clinical services.

George Tarjan Award

The George Tarjan Award recognizes a physician who has made significant contributions to the enhancement of the integration of international medical graduate into American psychiatry.

Hartford-Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric Psychiatry

The Hartford-Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric Psychiatry recognizes an early-career geriatric psychiatrist who has made noteworthy contributions to geriatric psychiatry through excellence in research, teaching, clinical practice, and community service.

Health Services Research Awards

The Health Services Research Award honors an early career psychiatrist and a senior APA member for outstanding contributions to the field of psychiatric health services research.

Isaac Ray Award

The Isaac Ray Award recognizes a person who has made outstanding contributions to forensic psychiatry or to the psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence.

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