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


  • A plaque
  • $1,500


  • 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 Requirements

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

Submission Information


June 1

Award Notification

July 15

Award Presentation

Presented at an appropriate child and adolescent psychiatry session during APA’s Annual Meeting in May.

Staff Contact

Patrick Odai-Afotey
Program Manager


APA Awards

Each year APA honors individuals for career recognition, lifetime service, outstanding research, and other categories that improve the lives of people with mental illness.

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2018 Annual Meeting
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Sat,  May  05 - Wed,  May  09
2018 IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • Thur,  Oct  04 - Sun,  Oct  07