Warren Williams Assembly Speaker’s Award

The Warren Williams Assembly Speaker’s Award—established in 1984 in honor and memory of Warren Williams, M.D., Past Speaker of the Assembly (1972–1973) —recognizes recent or current outstanding activities or contributions in the field of psychiatry and mental health.


APA Area Councils


  • Each Area Council of the Assembly has $1,000 to bestow annually and may choose to divide the fund among more than one recipient
  • Recognition in the APA Annual Meeting Convocation Program
  • Certificate


The Area Councils have wide discretion in selecting people or programs to recognize for outstanding contributions to the field of psychiatry and mental health. Awards have been made to state and federal legislators, judges, reporters, journalists, and psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to their region, APA, and/or the field of psychiatry. A number of worthwhile programs have been recognized and funds were donated to their support, e.g., programs for the homeless, the chronically mentally ill, community support programs, and education and research activities.

Nomination Requirements

Letter of recommendation

Submission Information

Contact the appropriate District Branch Representative to the Assembly and/or the Area Representative or Deputy Representative, who will bring the nomination to the Area Council. The Assembly Executive Committee ratifies these selections.


Discretion of Area Council

Award Notification

Discretion of Area Council

Award Presentation

Presented at District Branch or Area meetings or during Assembly meetings.

Staff Contact

Jessica Hopey


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.

Award Recipients

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2019 Annual Meeting
  • San Francisco, Calif.
  • Sat,  May  18 - Wed,  May  22
2019 IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Thur,  Oct  03 - Sun,  Oct  06