Geriatric Psychiatry

Geriatric Psychiatry emphasizes the biological and psychological aspects of normal aging, the psychiatric impact of acute and chronic physical illness, and the biological and psychosocial aspects of the pathology of primary psychiatric disturbances of older age. Geriatric psychiatrists focus on prevention, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders in the elderly, and improvement of psychiatric care for healthy and ill elderly patients.

The APA offers educational, policy and clinical resources, and links to provide support to the psychiatrists.

Charge: Council of Geriatric Psychiatry

Geriatric Psychiatry Awards

Hartford-Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric Psychiatry

This award recognizes an early career geriatric psychiatrist who has made noteworthy contributions to the field of geriatric psychiatry through excellence in research, teaching, clinical practice, and community service, and has demonstrated the potential to develop into a future leader in the field.    The honoree must be a psychiatrist who holds a position no higher than Assistant Professor and is no more than 7 Years removed from completion of a geriatric psychiatry fellowship.

Submission Requirements: Nominations for this award must come from APA Members. All applications should include a detailed nomination letter highlighting the nominee’s contributions to geriatric psychiatry, and two additional letters of support highlighting more specific facets of the nominee’s career and contributions. At least one letter should be from a geriatric psychiatrist familiar with the nominee’s work, and two of the letters should come from people outside of the nominee’s institution. Applications should also include a copy of the nominee’s CV that includes a list of publications as well as grant support.

This award is made possible with funds from the John A. Hartford Foundation, a private philanthropy working to improve the health of older Americans.

Announcement for 2015 Hartford-Jest Award for Leaders in Geriatric Psychiatry 

Past Winners: Hartford- Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric Psychiatry

Jack Weinberg Memorial Award for Geriatric Psychiatry

Established in 1983 in memory of Jack Weinberg, M.D., this award honors a psychiatrist who, over the course of his/her career, has demonstrated special leadership or who has done outstanding work in clinical practice, training, or research into geriatric psychiatry. Candidates for the award must be psychiatrists who are nominated by an APA member.

Submission Requirements: A nomination letter summarizing the accomplishments of the nominee; two letters of endorsement from APA members, a current CV and bibliography.

Announcement for Jack Weinberg Memorial Award for Geriatric Psychiatry 2015

Past Winners: Jack Weinberg Memorial Award for Geriatric Psychiatry

For more information, contact
Sejal Patel (Staff Liaison)
American Psychiatric Association
1000, Wilson Blvd. #1825
Arlington, VA 22209
Tel: 703 -907-8579
Fax: 703-907-7852

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