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Awards and Honors: Archive

Dr. Beck receives AFSP award

Psychiatry Chairman, Dwight Evans, presents the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Lifetime Achievement Award to Aaron Beck, Professor of Psychiatry

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Regional, National, and International Honors (2006-2007)

Aaron T. Beck, MD was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Edward S. Brodkin, MD was listed in 2007 Philadelphia Magazine's "Top Doctors" survey for expertise in autism spectrum disorders.

In April, Gregory K. Brown, PhD received the Edwin Shneidman Award from the American Association of Suicidology for outstanding contributions in suicidology research.

David F. Dinges, PhD, Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry has been awarded the 2007 Distinguished Public Service Medal from NASA. This is the highest award the agency bestows upon non-governmental personnel whose accomplishments contribute substantially to the NASA mission. Click here to read the press release.

Dwight L. Evans, MD and Lee Fleisher, MD (Anesthesiology and Critical Care) will receive the John C. Oakley Pioneers in Pain Medicine Award from the National Pain Foundation at its Triumph Dinner event in Philadelphia in October.  This is the second year that the award has been given.  The NPF is recognizing Drs. Evans and Fleisher “for their administrative vision and leadership in facilitating the development of an interdepartmental center for comprehensive, interdisciplinary pain medicine practice, teaching, research and policy development at the University of Pennsylvania."  The award honors Dr. Oakley, a world-renowned expert in pain medicine and founding board member of the National Pain Foundation, who was killed in a plane crash in 2006.

Caryn Lerman, PhD has been selected to receive the Annual Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Health. The award will be presented to her at the annual convention of the American College of Chest Physicians in October in Chicago. Click here to read the press release.   Dr. Lerman also will receive the Cancer Control Award from the American Cancer Society for her contributions to cancer prevention and control.

David S. Metzger, PhD received the 2007 International Program Award of Excellence in International Leadership from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).  He was recognized for his “global efforts to prevent HIV transmission by reducing drug use and associated risk behaviors."  The award “recognizes U.S. or non-U.S. drug abuse researchers who have made significant contributions to international collaborative research and/or capacity building outside the United States.  The awardees serve as exemplars to their colleagues through superior efforts to develop the human resources necessary to improve scientific understanding of drug abuse and addiction and develop and implement science-based prevention and treatment programs."

Christian Kohler MD was selected by the Association for Academic Psychiatry to receive the Regional Teaching Award for Region III.

David W. Oslin, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, has been appointed the new Director of the Mental Illness, Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) of the VA's Stars & Stripes Network (VISN 4). Click here for more information

Daniel Weintraub, MD receives the Harold Brenner Pepinsky Early Career Award. This award recognizes scholars early in their career for outstanding research in the fields of neurobehavior, cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychiatry, neurology, psychiatry, or related fields.

Department of Psychiatry Professor, Aaron T, Beck, received 2006 Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research. Dr. Beck received the Lasker for developing cognitive therapy - a method of psychotherapy which transformed the understanding and treatment of many psychiatric disorders. Click here to view the press release as a PDF.

Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders, What We Know and What We Don’t Know received the 2005 Best Book in Clinical Medicine Award from the Association of American Publishers, the principal trade association of the book publishing industry. pp Edited by Dwight L. Evans, MD, Edna B. Foa, PhD, Raquel E. Gur, MD, PhD, Herbert Hendin, MD, Charles P. O’Brien, MD, PhD, Martin E. P. P. Seligman, PhD, and B. Timothy Walsh, PhD the volume presents clear and usable information for mental health professionals and the lay public about the treatment and prevention of mental health disorders in adolescents. The book is a product of the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative, supported by the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and the Annenberg Public Policy Center at Penn. Oxford University Press is the publisher. Click here to view the press release as a PDF.

Two Department of Psychiatry faculty were listed in the “Top Doctors” issue of Philadelphia Magazine (May 2006): Anthony L. Rostain, MD (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry ADD/ADHD, autism) and Edward S. Brodkin, MD (autism, learning disorders - social).

Aaron T. Beck, MD received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for "his 50 years of pioneering research into suicide." Dr. Beck received the award on May 3 from Foundation President Dwight L. Evans, MD at the AFSP’s 18th Annual Lifesavers Dinner.

Stanley N. Caroff, MD was appointed a member of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society Committee on Veterans Affairs and State Hospital Issues in 2006.

Judith A. Coche, PhD was appointed to the Certification Board of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. She was invited to teach the certification course required for national certification in group psychotherapy in February 2007.

In June, Charles Dackis, MD received a Research Award from The Caron Foundation, a non-profit addiction treatment organization. Dr. Dackis was cited as an individual who has made an "outstanding contribution towards the on-going battle against addiction and chemical dependency."

Joseph DiGiacomo, MD received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society. Dr. DiGiacomo was also one of the recipients of the second annual Irma Bland Award for Teaching Residents from the American Psychiatric Association and its Council on Medical Education and Lifelong Learning. The award was established to honor Irma Bland, MD in tribute to her unique and creative contributions to psychiatric education.

David F. Dinges, PhD was named Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sleep. Sleep is the official publication of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC, a joint venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society.

Edna B. Foa, PhD received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award. In June, Dr. Foa worked closely with the faculty of the School of Social Work in Haifa University, teaching graduate students and consulting on research projects, which examine the effects of traumatic experiences and their treatments.

Michael P. Kowitt, PhD was elected Chairman of the Education Committee of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia in 2005.

Paul J. Moberg, PhD was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). He also received the award for: "Distinguished Contributions to the Science and Practice of Psychology" from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.

Since October 2005, David W. Oslin, MD has been the National Director of the Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (CESTATE) of the Department for Veterans Affairs.

Robert L. Sadoff, MD received the 2006 Isaac Ray Award from the American Psychiatric Association, the highest national award in forensic psychiatry. Isaac Ray, MD was one of the founders of the APA in 1844 and is considered the "father of forensic psychiatry" in the United States.

David B. Sarwer, PhD was named Chair of the Bariatric Surgery Section of the North American Society for the Study of Obesity.

Jeffrey P. Staab, MD was elected to membership in the American Neurotology Society and the international Bárány Society for his research on psychiatric and neurotologic morbidity in patients with chronic dizziness.

Albert J. Stunkard, MD was awarded a Doctorate of Honoris Causa from Louisiana State University in May.

Richard F. Summers, MD was one of the recipients of the second annual Irma Bland Award for Teaching Residents from the American Psychiatric Association and its Council on Medical Education and Lifelong Learning. He was also selected as Chair of the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Committee for University and Medical Education.

Paul Root Wolpe, PhD will assume the role of President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) in October. The ASBH is the national professional organization for scholars in bioethics and the medical humanities. It has over 1,600 members, including physicians, nurses, social scientists, legal scholars, historians, philosophers, and others who study the ethical, social, legal, and historical issues in medical ethics.

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Perelman School of Medicine and University Honors (2006-2007)

Aaron T. Beck, MD received an honorary degree from the University of Pennsylvania at the 2007 Commencement in May.

The William Osler Patient Oriented Research Award was awarded to Aaron T. Beck, MD, and the Arthur K. Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award was given to Thomas A. Wadden, PhD, of the Department of Psychiatry in the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders.  These Penn Medicine Awards of Excellence are given to faculty members who have demonstrated excellence through their highly significant contributions to biomedical research, mentoring, and dedication to improving the quality of patient care.

Rhonda Boyd PhD has been selected as a Macy Foundation Faculty Scholar by the Center of Excellence for Diversity in Health Education and Research at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Charles Dackis, MD was appointed Medical Director of Psychiatric Clinical Services for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania (CPUP). This appointment is in addition to his role as Medical Director of Psychiatric Clinical Services at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. In his new role, Dr. Dackis will have responsibility for the Psychiatric Clinical Services under CPUP, which include those clinical services in the individual programs throughout the Department, as well as the general outpatient and resident clinics. He will also be responsible for the inpatient, emergency, and consult services at HUP.

James R. McKay, PhD has been elected to a two-year term on the Senate Executive Committee of the University of Pennsylvania Faculty Senate and the University Council. He will serve as representative of Faculty Constituency #24, which includes the Departments of Dermatology, Family Medicine and Community Health, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, and Psychiatry.

Richard Summers, MD has been chosen to receive the 2007 Robert Dunning Dripps Memorial Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education. This award is given to a member of the medical faculty to recognize excellence as an educator of residents and fellows in clinical care, teaching or administration.

Gregg Gorton, MD has been chosen to receive the 2007 Dean's Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at an Affiliated Hospital. This award recognizes teaching excellence and commitment to medical education at affiliated hospitals.

Caryn Lerman, PhD was named Deputy Director of the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Click here to view the press release as a PDF.

Robert M. Weinrieb, MD received a 2006 Penn Pearls Teaching Award. This award is given by the medical students to honor their best clinical teachers, both faculty and residents.

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Departmental Honors

2007

The Albert Stunkard Faculty Recognition Award is given annually to faculty members who are outstanding teachers and mentors. The graduating resident class selects award winners who have significantly influenced their education and training. Named for Albert J. Stunkard, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and former Chair of the Department, this award recognizes Dr. Stunkard’s enormous contribution to the education, training, and support of Department housestaff. Alexandra Mclean, MD, Sarah DeMichele, MD, David Weiss, MD, John O'Reardon, MD, Claudia Baldassano, MD, E. Cabrina Campbell, MD, and Jeffrey Staab, MD received this honor in 2007.

Claudia Baldassano, MD was awarded the 2007 Martin P. Szuba Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching and Research. This award is presented annually to a Department faculty member with outstanding teaching abilities, ongoing clinical research, and a focus on translating research concepts into clinically useful teaching, all of which Dr. Szuba embodied in his work.

Kenneth D. Cohen, MD received the 2007 Annual Award for Clinical Faculty. This award, funded by a clinical faculty member, is given to a volunteer clinical faculty member who has demonstrated long-term loyalty to the Department and excellence in teaching and/or supervising.

Deborah Kim, MD received the 2007 Emily B. Harishorne Mudd Award. This award is offered yearly in honor of Dr. Emily Mudd, Professor Emeritus of Family Studies in Psychiatry and founder of the Marriage Council of Philadelphia. It is presented to an individual who has contributed substantially to the field of family health.

Eva Loeb, MD was the 2007 recipient of the Earl Bond Award. Initiated by the efforts of Dr. William Peltz, this annual award is given to a Department member who has distinguished himself/herself for teaching at the medical student, resident and/or graduate level.

Michael E. Thase, MD and Karl Rickels, MD are the program directors of the newly established Mood & Anxiety Disorders Research and Treatment Program. This new unit represents a merger of Dr. Thase's and Dr. Rickels' programs.

The 2007 PGY-3 & 4 Teaching Award was awarded to David Weiss, MD and the 2007 PGY-1 & 2 Teaching Award was also awarded to David Weiss, MD. These awards honor those individuals whom the residents believe were the most effective teachers of the academic year and exemplary in shaping their overall education.

2006

The Albert Stunkard Faculty Recognition Award is given annually to faculty members who are outstanding teachers and mentors. The graduating resident class selects award winners who have significantly influenced their education and training. Named for Albert J. Stunkard, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and former Chair of the Department, this award recognizes Dr. Stunkard’s enormous contribution to the education, training, and support of Department housestaff. James Stinnett, MD, Joseph DiGiacomo, MD, Jody Foster, MD, MBA, Alexandra McLean, MD, and John O' Reardon, MD received this honor in 2006.

The 2006 PGY-3 & 4 Teaching Award was awarded to Claudia Baldassano, MD and the 2006 PGY-1 & 2 Teaching Award was awarded to Christos Ballas, MD. These awards honor those individuals whom the residents consider the most effective teachers of the academic year and exemplary in shaping their overall education.

Christian Kohler, MD was awarded the 2006 Martin P. Szuba Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching and Research. This award is presented annually to a Department faculty member with outstanding teaching abilities, ongoing clinical research, and a focus on translating research concepts into clinically useful teaching, all of which Dr. Szuba embodied in his work.

Teaching by the residents is an invaluable part of medical student education. The Medical Student Teaching Award is given to residents who have been consistently outstanding in their ability to teach. Juliette Galbraith, MD and John Mitchell, MD received this award in 2006.

The Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award is given annually by the Psychoanalytic Cluster Steering Committee to graduating residents in recognition of their excellence in providing psychodynamic psychotherapy. C. Pace Duckett, MD and Geoffrey Neimark, MD received this award in 2006.

Joseph DiGiacomo, MD received the Clinical Faculty Award from the Department of Psychiatry. The award is given to the faculty member for outstanding contributions to resident and medical student education.

Cory F. Newman, PhD was the recipient of the Fifth Penn Psychotherapy Professorship, which comes with a special invitation to lecture to the Psychiatry residents on advanced clinical issues. Dr. Newman presented the lecture in June.

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