AASP Awards

Abraham L. Halpern Humanitarian Award

The Abraham L. Halpern Humanitarian Award is bestowed by the American Association for Social Psychiatry for extraordinary achievement in advancing human rights. While accomplishments specific to the promotion of improved mental health and justice are especially of interest to the Award Committee, the ideal recipient has championed causes of importance directly or even indirectly to the best practice of psychiatric medicine. Advances in ethics and professionalism, medical education, civic action, reform of legal jurisprudence, significant advances in medical practice and/or treatment, leadership taken at a political, societal or cultural level – anywhere that one person’s efforts have made all the difference in the world and thereby contributed to improved mental health care and psychological wellness: these are the nominees we seek for the Humanitarian Award. Accordingly, both psychiatrists and non-psychiatrists may be nominated.

The awardee is invited to give a lecture at the Annual Forum of the American Association for Social Psychiatry at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

The Award is named after the forensic psychiatrist and human rights activist Abraham L. Halpern, M.D. (1925-2013). He never shied from publicly taking a stand against injustice and repeatedly pushed organized medicine to do the same. Recipient of the APA's Human Rights Award, AMA's Isaac Hays, MD and John Bell, MD Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism, American College of Physicians' William C. Menninger Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Mental Health, and this award now named in his honor, Abe Halpern embodied those values central to the American Association for Social Psychiatry. We seek nominees who, like Dr. Halpern, inspire our idealism and persistence and remind us that to do some good is woven into the very soul of what it means to be a doctor.

Recipients of the Abraham L. Halpern Humanitarian Award:

2012  -  Robert J. Lipton, MD
2013  -  Abraham L. Halpern, MD
2014  -  Carl C. Bell, MD
2015  -  Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, United States Surgeon General
2016  -  Nada L. Stotland, MD

WASP 2016

World Association for Social Psychiatry

XXII World Congress - New Delhi, India

APA Annual Meeting - Atlanta, May 14-18

APA annual meeting 2016

AASP-sponsored Presentations
[all held at Georgia World Congress Center]

Saturday, May 14th
3:30-5:00 – Workshop - Bldg B, Room B310
Diversity Experiences in Residency Training
Chair: Beverly Fauman, MD
Aida Mihajlovic, MD,
Jacob Sperber, MD

Sunday, May 15th
10:00-11:30 – Forum – Bldg B, Room B206
Abraham L. Halpern Humanitarian Award Forum
Abortion: What’s Happening and Why It
Matters to Women, Society, and Psychiatry
Chair: Kenneth Thompson, MD
Nada Stotland, MD (Awardee)
Helen Hermann, MD
Maria Oquendo, MD

Tuesday, May 17th
9:00-12:00 – Symposium – Bldg A, A402-403
Social Trauma (joint AASP-WASP presentation)
Chairs: Sheila Judge, MD
& Roy Kallivayalil, MD
Thomas Jamison-Craig, MBBS, PhD
Driss Moussaoui, MD
Vivian Pender, MD
Andres Pumariega, MD
Kenneth Thompson, MD

2:00-5:00 – Symposium – Bldg A, A410
Undocumented and Refugee Children
Arriving at U.S. Borders: Mental Health
Issues and Treatment Interventions
Chair: Eugenio Rothe, MD
William Arroyo, MD,
Juan Carlos Gomez, Esq
Andres Pumariega, MD
Pedro Ruiz, MD

Presentations of Interest by AASP Members
Saturday, May 14th
1:30-3:00 – Workshop
Mental Health and the Case
For Single Payer Post-ACA
Chairs: Leslie Gise, MD
and Steven Sharfstein, MD

Sunday, May 15th
8:00-11:00 – Symposium – Bldg B, Rm B401
Forgiveness, Trauma, and Psychiatry:
The Clinical Relevance from Diverse Faith
Perspectives in the Wake of the Charleston
Church Tragedy
Kevin Brown,
Deborah Deas, MD, MPH
R. Rao Gogineni, MD
H. Steven Moffic, MD
Driss Moussaoui, MD
John Peteet, MD
Shridhar Sharma, MD

Monday, May 16th
11:00-12:30 – Workshop – Bldg B, Rm B315
Achieving Health Equity: Psychiatry, Public
Policy & the Elimination of Childhood Poverty
Chairs: Kenneth Thompson, MD
and Steven Adelsheim, MD

11:00-12:30 – Workshop
International Medical Graduates: Reflections
On Cross-Cultural Training and Learning
Chairs: Tanuja Gandhi, MD
and Rama Rao Gogineni, MD

1:30-3:00 – Forum
The Financing of Psychiatric Care:
Past, Present, and Future
Chair: Steven Sharfstein, MD