Agnes Purcell McGavin Award for Distinguished Career Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The Agnes Purcell McGavin Award for Distinguished Career Achievement, established in 2000, is presented to a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has been noted for outstanding contributions to the advancement of child and adolescent psychiatry in activities such as teaching, research, writing, clinical care, advocacy, and policy. Funded by a bequest from Dr. Agnes Purcell McGavin.

APA Component(s)

  • 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 Prevention are eligible
  • Members of the McGavin Award Selection Committee are ineligible 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 30

Award Notification


Award Presentation

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

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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2020 Annual Meeting
  • Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Sat,  Apr  25 - Wed,  Apr  29

APA Will Not Hold Its 2020 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Plans to Support the Learning Needs of Psychiatrists Through Online Education

2021 Annual Meeting
  • Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Sat,  May  01 - Wed,  May  05