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APA/AACDP Research Mentorship Award for 2009

James F. Leckman, M.D., is the Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Psychology and Pediatrics at Yale where he also serves as the Director of Research for the Yale Child Study Center. His peers have regularly selected him as one of the “Best Doctors in America.” Dr. Leckman’s research interests include the interaction of genes and environment in the pathogenesis of TS and OCD. His research on these disorders is multifaceted including phenomenology, natural history, genetics, neurobiology, immunobiology, as well as the development of novel treatments. Dr. Leckman is the author or co-author of over 335 original articles published in peer-reviewed journals, seven books, and 120 book chapters. As part of his leadership of the research program at the Child Study Center, Dr. Leckman has sought to increase the number of individuals entering careers independent physician-scientists. In 2002, with the support of The Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation, he founded the Donald Cohen Medical Student Fellowship program which has now been established at 11 major medical centers across the country. In 2004, along with colleagues at the University of Colorado, he founded the Integrated Research Training Program in child and adult psychiatry designed to train the next generation of academic leaders in the underserved and understudied area of child mental disorders.

The APA/AACDP Research Mentorship Award was established in 2005. The award honors an academic psychiatrist who has in some innovative or traditional, but significant, manner fostered the pursuit of student research within his/her university department – either through direct mentorship of individual students or by the promotion of novel research-oriented training activities with a department or residency program This award is selected by the APA Corresponding Committee on Research Awards, Stuart C. Yudofsky, M.D., Chairperson, and was presented at the Early Research Career Breakfast on Tuesday, May 19, 2009.


Call for Papers — Special Issue of Academic Psychiatry: “Teaching Human Sexuality”

Teaching human sexuality has been a relatively neglected area of psychiatric education during the last couple of decades. Human sexuality presents an intimate connection of psyche and soma. Psychiatry (and psychosomatic medicine) seems to be uniquely qualified to address patient ills and concerns about their sexual functioning, orientation, and other related (and relationship) issues. This special issues seeks to gather information about the status of teaching human sexuality and to provide information about new and collaborative approaches in this area. 

In keeping with the overall mission of Academic Psychiatry, papers should be evidence-based, drawing upon data and outcome measures, and/or involve multiple sites, if possible. Comprehensive reviews and pilot projects (in the form of a Brief Report) are also welcome. All submissions will be peer reviewed in keeping with the Journal's policy.

Potential authors may consult the Guest Editors (Richard Balon, M.D., and Mary Morreale, M.D., at

Submissions are due by August 31, 2009.

Priority will be given to empirical manuscripts.

When submitting manuscripts, please use our online submission system at: For more information, please visit our Web site at

Please direct questions on the submission process to Ms. Ann Tennier, Senior Editorial Assistant, at (414) 955-8965 or


Call for Papers — Special Issue: “Strategic Challenges and Opportunities for Academic Psychiatry Departments”

Guest Editors: Paul Summergrad, M.D. and Carlos Pato, M.D.

In the last decade, psychiatry has seen extraordinary growth in its research base with major developments in neuroimaging, genetics, and effectiveness and other outcomes studies. At the same time, our essential and core role in medical education has been reinforced and there is broader public acceptance of psychiatric care. Despite these accomplishments, academic departments of psychiatry face distinct, complex strategic issues:  Low reimbursements for physician and hospital services, large teaching responsibilities, a unique relationship with state mental health departments, and the continued burden of stigma for our patients and ourselves.

Given these circumstances, this special issue will be devoted to understanding the strategic challenges and opportunities facing academic departments of psychiatry. What are the special circumstances that departments face? What are the implications of these for our essential academic missions? How have departments, their medical schools, and affiliated teaching hospitals responded to these challenges?  We are seeking papers on the following topics:

  • Overviews of the strategic challenges facing academic departments
  • Challenges in reimbursement models for clinical and hospital physician services
  • Educational roles for academic departments within changed medical school  curricula emphasizing longitudinal care, professionalism, and interpersonal skills
  • The place of public-academic partnerships with state departments of mental health or the VA
  • The role of research growth and academic productivity in both research  intensive and non intensive departments
  • Case studies of the successful implementation of departmental strategic plans or advocacy initiatives with medical school or hospital leadership
  • The leadership skills required for chairs and other senior department staff
  • The impact of stigma on the strategic challenges facing departments

In keeping with the overall mission of Academic Psychiatry, papers should be evidence-based, drawing upon data, outcome measures, and/or multiple sites.  All submissions will be peer reviewed in keeping with the Journal’s policy.

Submissions are due by September 15, 2009.

Submissions may be uploaded to Manuscript Central ( Please indicate in your cover letter that your submission is for this special issue. For more information, please visit our Web site at Please direct questions on the submission process to Ms. Ann Tennier, Senior Editorial Assistant, at 414-955-8965 or You may e-mail the guest editors as well. Dr. Summergrad’s address is and Dr. Pato’s address is We look forward to your submissions.


AACDP Chair's Fellowship Program

This fellowship program for senior faculty considering becoming a psychiatry chair will provide the opportunity for career development and leadership mentoring in advance of becoming a chair.

The AACDP Chair Fellow will receive mentorship from a chair member of AACDP, will get the opportunity to spend time at the mentor's institution, will participate in all AACDP meetings and activities, and will develop a scholarly and/or administrative activity relevant to the role of a chair.  Two fellowships will be awarded each year at the May AACDP Meeting.

The application information is included in the attached program description.

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AACDP Chair’s Fellowship Program Awardees Announced

The awardees of the first AACDP Chair’s Fellowship Program were honored at the May 4, 2008  AACDP Meeting in Washington, DC.  This fellowship program for senior faculty considering becoming a psychiatry chair will provide the opportunity for career development and leadership mentoring in advance of becoming a chair.

The awardees for 2008 are:

Kelvin O. Lim, MD
Vice Chair for Research
Department of Psychiatry
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Nominated by Dr. S. Charles Schulz, Donald W. Hastings Endowed Chair, Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical School.

Chair Mentor:  Dr. Peter Buckley, Professor & Chair, Medical College of Georgia

And ...

David C. Steffens, MD, MHS
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Head, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 

Nominated by K. Ranga Rama Krishnan, MB, ChB, Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center

Chair Mentor:  Alan Schatsberg, MD, Kenneth T. Norris Jr. Professor and Chair,  Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine


AACDP Distinguished Awards Program - 2006

Distinguished Visiting Professorship Award Program

1.  Awardee:
Alan I. Green, MD
Raymond Sobel Professor of Psychiatry and of Pharmacology & Toxicology
Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Dartmouth Medical School
Lebanon, NH

Visiting Professor:
Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry
Emory University School of Medicine

Focus:  To provide an opportunity to bring a world renowned expert (Dr. Nemeroff)  in neurohormonal and structural brain imaging abnormalities associated with animal models of PTSD to Dartmouth to help achieve educational goals in the area of PTSD including advanced training for faculty and trainees of all levels of career development in clinical research concepts and methodology. 

2.  Awardee:
K. Ranga Rama Krishnan, MD
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Visiting Professor:
Anand Kumar, MD
Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry
UCLA School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

Focus:  Dr. Kumar will provide expertise in clinical research design involving pharmacological treatments and imagine and other biological variables and provide feedback on research methods; Dr. Kumar will meet to give guidance on career objectives and on specific research projects with junior faculty.

3.  Awardee:
David A. Mrazek, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, MN

Visiting Professor:
Victor I. Reus, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco

Provide an opportunity to sharpen research methodologies as Mayo continues to look for gene correlations that will inform diagnosis and treatment; and to sensitize trainees to the important developments that have occurred in psychiatric pharmacogenomics.

4.  Awardee:
Dr. Melton Strozier
Professor and Interim Chair
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Mercer University School of Medicine
Macon, GA

Visiting Professor:
John Rolland, MD
Co-Director and Co-Founder, Chicago Center for Family Health
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

How primary care physicians, psychiatrists, and mental health professionals may work with chronically ill patients and their families in dealing with both the pre-terminal stage of illness and sequaelae to loss in terms of complicated bereavement issues in the post-terminal stage; and the role of physicians in caring for patients and their families in dealing with genetic issues from the biopsychosocial perspective.

5.  Awardee:
Alan J. Gelenberg, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry
University of Arizona Health Sciences Center
Tucson, AZ

Visiting Professor:
Jurgen Unutzer, MD, MA, MPH
Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

To educate department members about the benefits to patients for psychiatrists to work in medical care settings and to improve trainees understanding of differences in the organization of health services and the ways in which these differences can influence their ability to achieve the best treatment outcomes for their patients.

Junior Faculty Awardee

Gabrielle Rose Marzani-Nissen, MD
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Bankole Johnson, MD, PhD., DSC
Professor and Chairman of Psychiatric Medicine
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Academic & Career Goals of this award:
To enable Dr. Nissen to receive structured mentorship, hands-on experience, and develop a body of preliminary data to apply for an NIH K award.  This is a necessary step in the development of a physician scientist with specialization in the psychopharmacology of addictive drugs; mentorship provided by Dr. Bankole Johnson.

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Dear Academic Consortium Colleague:

We need your help! We are all in the “knowledge business,” but to generate new knowledge, funding is needed.

The Academic Consortium is a longstanding group composed of scientific, professional, and consumer organizations devoted to educating Congressional leaders about the importance of NIH and VA research and the tremendous “return on investment” that Congressional funding produces. Drs. Lewis Judd and David Kupfer began the Consortium 22 years ago; it has been a strong collective voice and has produced results such as the NIH budget “doubling” that recently came to an end.

Now, however, current government-wide spending pressures threaten to undermine this vital national investment. Federal research funds are under severe threat, and that is why we especially need YOUR ‘voice and presence’ in Washington, D.C. this year. I am writing to invite and strongly encourage your attendance.

The Consortium’s specific focus is on the basic, clinical, and services research needed to improve the quality of care available to all Americans for mental and substance abuse disorders. Based on feedback from members of congress and their staffs, the most effective educational visit is comprised of researchers accompanied by a patient, a family member, or both. The first-hand experience of what life is like before and after treatment is incredibly persuasive in eradicating lingering stigma.

This year’s Academic Consortium will be held on April 12-13, 2005 in Washington, D.C. The goal is to educate, educate, educate! And with the new Congress, we have an opportunity to meet with Representatives and Senators who have newly assumed key Committee appointments, and who will be receptive to personal contacts with constituents from their home States.

This year’s Consortium will begin on Tuesday April 12th, with an informal lunch followed by a session on how to effectively educate members of Congress and their staffs. You will be briefed on the hottest scientific prospects and the Institutes’ strategic priorities for capitalizing on them. Following the luncheon, academicians and guests will visit Congressional offices, to let your voices be heard. At the end of the day, a Congressional reception will be held on Capitol Hill in the Rayburn Building where you will have the chance to meet with Congressional and NIH leadership. Wednesday morning, we will breakfast at La Colline, on Capitol Hill. More Congressional visits will take place after 10 a.m. on the 13th. Return air travel can be arranged by late afternoon.

For your convenience, the APA has arranged for a block of rooms to be set aside at a reduced rate at the Washington Court Hotel. For reservations and information, please call the Washington Court Hotel at 800-321-3010. To assure that you receive the reduced rate, please mention that you are part of the Academic Consortium.

Attached is a registration form for the Academic Consortium. Please complete and return by February 23, 2005. Registration forms may be submitted by fax (703 907-1083) or by e-mail (

We will be sending further information and important details of the 2005 Academic Consortium after receiving your registration form. If you have any questions, please call Lizbet Boroughs, Associate Director of APA's Division of Government Relations, at (703) 907-8645.


John F. Greden, M.D.

John F. Greden, M.D.
Chair, 2005 Academic Consortium

Download the registration form (MS Word document)

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