2024 AAGP Awards
Awards will be presented at the 2024 AAGP Plenary Session in conjunction with the AAGP Annual Meeting, March 2024. Award nominations are now open. Please review the eligibility for each award and submit below. Nominations will close November 8, 2023.
The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) is a national association representing and serving its members and the field of geriatric psychiatry.
AAGP promotes the mental health and well-being of older people through professional education, public advocacy, and support of career development for clinicians, educators, and researchers in geriatric psychiatry and mental health.
The AAGP Annual Awards are as follows:
- AAGP Distinguished Scientist Award
- AAGP Barry Lebowitz Early Career Scientist Award
- AAGP Member-in-Training Research Award
- AAGP Educator of the Year Award
- Member-in-Training Future Clinician-Educator Award
- AAGP Jeanne Jackson-Siegal Clinician of the Year Award
- AAGP Images of Aging Award
- AAGP Diversity Award in Honor of Dr. Iqbal “Ike” Ahmed
For all Awards:
Please submit the name of the individual, their CV, 1 letter of recommendation, brief bio, head shot picture and a signed statement that if awarded, the nominee will be present at the Awards Ceremony at the 2024 AAGP Plenary Session in March 2024, no later than the deadline. Self-nomination is accepted with the needed criteria and 2 letters of recommendation.
For the Barry Lebowitz Early Career Scientist Award and Member-in-Training Research Award:
Please also submit an example of the individual scientific work no later than the deadline.
AAGP Distinguished Scientist Award
The AAGP Distinguished Scientist Award is given to an AAGP member each year at the AAGP Annual Meeting. The Award Selection will be made by the AAGP Research Committee.
All AAGP members, except for previous awardees and current AAGP Board of Directors, are eligible for the award.
The following criteria will guide selection:
- Selection is based on the body of original scientific works accomplished during the course of a career as well as mentorship of the careers of successful contributing junior researchers in the field of geriatric psychiatry.
- Contributions of the nominee should be evaluated based on relevance to the field of geriatric psychiatry as well as recognition across the broader community of medical researchers.
- This award should focus on scientific contributions as opposed to other leadership activities within the field.
AAGP Barry Lebowitz Early Career Scientist Award
AAGP shall present an award for the most promising early career scientist. The Award Selection will be made by the AAGP Research Committee.
To be eligible, an applicant must:
- Be in a fellowship or hold an academic rank no higher than assistant professor.
- Be an AAGP member.
- Submit an example of her/his scientific work. Some examples include a new unpublished paper to be submitted to a journal, a recently published paper, a recently presented poster, or an extended abstract submission.
Applicants must have an academic track record in the field of geriatric psychiatry evidenced by one or more of the following:
- Publications in the area of geriatric psychiatry in peer-reviewed journals.
- Research presentations at national or international meetings.
Evidence of early career funding from federal or private grant agencies.
AAGP Member-in-Training Research Award
AAGP shall present an award for the most promising member-in-training. The Award Selection will be made by the AAGP Research Committee.
To be eligible, an applicant must:
- Be a medical student, resident, or fellow.
- Be an AAGP member-in-training or student member.
- Submit an example of her/his scientific work. Some examples include: a new unpublished paper to be submitted to a journal, a recently published paper, a recently presented poster, or an extended abstract submission.
Applicants should demonstrate a scholarly interest in research in geriatric psychiatry through one or more of the following activities:
- Participation in an ongoing research program under the guidance of a mentor.
- Scholarly work in geriatric psychiatry through presentations or manuscript preparation.
- Involvement in research training or activities outside the scope of clinical training.
AAGP Educator of the Year Award
AAGP will honor a member for demonstrated excellence in the field of geriatric psychiatry education. The award is designed to recognize extraordinary efforts, innovations, and accomplishments that have a direct impact on the quality of geriatric psychiatry education. The Award Selection will be made by the AAGP Teaching and Training Committee.
To be eligible, a nominee must:
- Be a member of AAGP.
- Have a primary academic appointment in a U.S. or Canadian institution.
The individual will have demonstrated commitment to education with evidence of excellence and innovation in one or more of the following areas:
- Curriculum development
- Program development
- Student and faculty development
- Educational publications
AAGP Member-in-Training Future Clinician-Educator Award
The AAGP is proud to sponsor an award for a trainee who demonstrates a compassionate, humanistic approach to the care of older adults and excels in educational initiatives. The award selection will be made by the AAGP Teaching and Training Committee.
To be eligible an applicant must:
- Be a medical student, psychiatry resident, or geriatric psychiatry fellow.
- Be an AAGP member in training or student member.
- Submit two letters of reference (one must be written by an AAGP member).
- Submit a CV and a short essay highlighting experience(s) within geriatric psychiatry education.
Applicants should demonstrate the following:
- Outstanding clinical care of older adults,
- A passion for teaching, and/or
- Participation in educational initiatives related to psychiatry or geriatric psychiatry at their home institution.
AAGP Jeanne Jackson-Siegal Clinician of the Year Award
The Jeanne Jackson-Siegal Clinician of the Year Award recognizes an AAGP member who has demonstrated a profound commitment to the field of clinical geriatric psychiatry by providing, promoting and/or ensuring access to quality mental health care for older adults. The Award Selection will be made by the AAGP Clinical Practice Committee.
To be eligible, a nominee must:
- Be a current psychiatrist member of AAGP in good standing for a minimum of three consecutive years.
- Be a geriatric psychiatrist whose primary focus is the delivery of clinical psychiatric care to older adults in an office, hospital, long-term-care facility or community. Nominees may have adjunct, part-time academic appointments; however, the majority of their activities must be in the delivery of clinical psychiatric care to older adults.
Nominees should be dedicated to:
- Being available and accessible to patients.
- Communicating clearly and carefully with patients and their families.
- Maintaining a high-level of professional competence.
- Adhering to the ethical and social standards inherent in the practice of geriatric psychiatry.
- Contributing to community health efforts focused on the delivery of quality psychiatric care to older adults.
- Demonstrating service to the field of geriatric psychiatry and/or AAGP.
AAGP Images of Aging Award
The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry will recognize an author, artist media professional, or other professionals for their compassionate, informative coverage of mental health issues facing aging adults and their families and caregivers. As older Americans are the fastest-growing segment of the population, and mental illness that is not a normal part of aging affects one in five individuals age 55 and older, it is imperative that more resources be devoted to understanding, treating, diagnosing and preventing late-life mental illnesses. The media, writers’, and artists’ role in helping to bring these issues to the forefront is vital. The Award Selection will be made by the AAGP Board of Directors.
- The association will consider articles published in a general-audience newspaper, magazine or online publication; novels, stories, poetry and essays; and radio and television programs as well as works of art and programs prompting mental health and well-being in aging adults
- In addition to thoughtful discussion of late-life mental health, preference will be given to written works or programs that address the role of the geriatric mental health providers.
- Preference will also be given to material with the greatest reach, i.e., national versus regional.
- Material will be judged on educational value and scientific accuracy.
Material published/produced between September 2019 and August 2023, is eligible.
AAGP Diversity Award in Honor of Dr. Iqbal “Ike” Ahmed
The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry will recognize an individual or organization for special service or attention to the mental healthcare needs of elderly minority or under-served populations. This award is open to all geriatric mental healthcare providers, either individuals involved in research, academic, or clinical work, or organizations who provide geriatric mental healthcare.
- The award will recognize an individual or organization involved in geriatric mental healthcare who demonstrates sensitivity to issues of diversity in aging, or who has an innovative approach or track record of service to elderly minority or under-served populations.
- The awardee must be involved in geriatric mental health care, but all aspects of care will be considered, including research, clinical, academic, and service delivery.
- A letter of nomination should be submitted to specifically address how the nominee’s accomplishments relate to the purpose of the award.
- If the nominee is an individual, the letter of nomination should be accompanied by the individual’s resume or curriculum vitae.
- If the nominee is an organization, the letter of nomination should be accompanied by a company bio and/or a description of the specific program or activities to be considered, along with a name and phone number for the organization’s point of contact.
- In addition, at least two additional letters of support may be provided by other colleagues or members of the community.
- The winner will be notified by mid-January and will be recognized at the 2024 AAGP Annual Meeting and be presented the award.
- The winner will also receive $500 and complimentary registration and travel to the meeting. (If the winner is an organization, registration and travel will be for 1 representative to attend.)