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Constantine (Kostas) Lyketsos, M.D., M.P.H., professor and director of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, has been awarded 2016 Jack Weinberg Memorial Award in Geriatric Psychiatry by the American Psychiatric Association.

Susan Lehmann, M.D., associate professor and clinical director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, has been named the 2016 Educator of the Year by the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry

Geetha Jayaram M.D., M.B.A., associate professor is being given the 2016 Kun-Po Soo Award from the Asian American Psychiatrists Committee of the American Psychiatric Association.


Leslie Miller, M.D., assistant professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was recognized for Excellence in Service and Professionalism by the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians. This award is part of a new annual program, the Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Awards for Physicians and Care Teams. Short videos featuring each winner are available. Watch the video of Leslie Miller.

Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D. has been awarded the 2015 Sarnat Prize in Mental Health from National Academy of Medicine.

Associate professor David Neubauer, M.D. has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Sleep Foundation.

Pam Mahon, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Mood Disorders research group is one of 37 recipients (and the only one in our department) to receive the University Provost’s Catalyst Award for work to develop biomarkers for lithium response in bipolar disorder.

James C. Harris, M.D. is this year’s recipient of the American Psychiatric Association’s Frank J. Menolascino Award for Services to Persons with Intellectual Development Disorders and Developmental Disabilities.This award is given for lifetime achievement and named for a pioneer in the field. Dr. Harris was being recognized especially for his work on the clinical and societal impact of recent changes to the new DSM-5 definition of Intellectual Developmental Disorder (IDD).

Geetha Jayaram, M.D., an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, is the 2014–15 recipient of the Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award. More

Susan Lehmann, M.D. was inducted into the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence.

Gwenn Smith, Ph.D., has been named to be the new Director of the Geriatric-Neuropsychiatry Division and the Richman Family Professor for Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases.

Resident Alexis Hammond , M.D. has been named as the inaugural Breakey Scholar in Mental Health Services Practice and Research for the 2015-16 academic year. The purpose of the Breakey Scholars Award is to promote successful academic careers in mental health services practice and research.

Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders and Co-Director of the Mood Disorders Center has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. READ MORE

Meg Chisolm, Michael Clark, Geetha Jayaram, and Susan Lehman, were recently inducted into the American College of Psychiatrists.

Roland Griffiths, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences on the JH Bayview campus (BPRU) is the 2015 recipient of the Eddy Award from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. CPDD is the premier international organization in its field. This award "acknowledges outstanding research efforts that have advanced our knowledge of drug dependence." It is the oldest award bestowed by CPDD (dating back to 1974), and it is highly prestigious in the drug abuse research community.

Jason Brandt, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Division of Medical Psychology, has received the 2015 Distinguished Career Award from the International Neuropsychological Society.

Kelly Dunn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, will receive the 2015 Young Psychopharmacologist Award at this year’s American Psychiatric Association Convention in May.

Fourth year resident Matt Peters, M.D. been selected to participate in the 2015 Career Development Institute (CDI) for Psychiatry,  a two-year career enhancement opportunity that provides support around launching and maintaining a career in mental health research. 


Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D. was named the inaurgural recipient of the Sachiko Kuno and Ryuji Ueno Innovation Professorship and was installed in a ceremony on November 24, 2014.

PGY3 Resident Zina Meriden has been named 2015 Honors Scholar by the Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP).

Sheldon Glass, M.D., part-time assistant professor, has been elected President of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry.

Postdoctoral Fellow Maggie Sweeney, Ph.D. was awarded the American Psychological Association Division 25 (Behavior Analysis) Dissertation Award in recognition of her productive graduate research. She will be invited to speak at the upcoming APA meeting in Toronto.

Marco Grados, M.D. has been peer-selected as a 'Top Doc' for Baltmore Magazine and will be fetaured in the November 2014 issue.

Geetha Jayaram, M.D., M.B.A., was selected by Rotary International Foundation as the single recipient worldwide for the Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award for 2015 for her global community psychiatry service.

Mikhail Pletnikov, M.D., Ph.D., was elected President of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society for 2015–2016. 

Geetha Jayaram, M.D., M.B.A., won the Rotary International's Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award for her zone, which qualifies her to be a recipient of the global award. 

Kellie Tamashiro, Ph.D., Associate Professor, received the 2014 Alan N. Epstein Research Award from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, an early career award for research in ingestive behavior. She presented her award lecture in early August at the society's annual meeting. 

Glenn Treisman, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Director of the AIDS Psychiatry Service, has been named the new Eugene Meyer III Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine. He succeeds Phillip Slavney, who held the chair since 1993 and who is now the Eugene Meyer III Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Medicine. The endowed professorship was established by Eugene Meyer, who served on the department’s faculty for nearly four decades, focusing on psychiatric consultation, medicine and surgery.

Susan Lehman, M.D., Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic and of the Psychiatry Clerkship, has been named a Distinguished Fellow by the American Psychiatric Association. "Distinguished Fellow" is the highest membership honor the APA bestows upon members.

J. Raymond DePaulo, M.D., was chosen as the University of Pennsylvania's 2014 Edward A. Strecker Award recipient, honoring his outstanding contributions in the field of clinical psychiatry. This fall, Dr. DePaulo will be a guest lecturer at UPenn's School of Medicine's Grand Rounds.

Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center and professor, was named an Honorific Award Winner for Outstanding Basic Research by the Awards Committee and the Board of Directors of the Schizophrenia International Research Society at their conference in April. 

Robert Findling, M.D., MBA, Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, was named the inaugural recipient of the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professorship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at a ceremony on March 24.

Gerald Nestadt, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Mood Disorders Program, was named the inaugural recipient of the Rudolf Hoehn-Saric, M.D. and Evanne Hoehn-Saric, M.D. Professorship for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety Disorders Research in a ceremony on April 9.

Gail Daumit, M.D., and her research group for the ACHIEVE clinical trial have been awarded 2013 Trial of the Year by the Society for Clinical Trials. They will be presenting their study at the Society's annual meeting in May in Philadelphia.

Margaret Chisolm, M.D., Associate Professor and Director of Psychiatry Education at Bayview, has been awarded the 2014 School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award from Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association. 

Geetha Jayaram, MBBS, MBA, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Short-Stay-Unit has been awarded the 2014 Paul R. McHugh Teaching Award by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Anita S Everett, M.D., Section Director of Community and General Psychiatry, was elected a Trustee-At-Large for the American Psychiatric Association.

Matthew W Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, was chosen as a recipient of the 2014 FABBS Early Career Impact Award. The Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences gave Matt this award for his early-career contributions in the domains of decision-making in addiction and the characterization of behaviorally active drugs in humans.

Rebecca J Landa, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, was awarded the Speaker's Medallion Award, given annually to two individuals from the State of Maryland who "continually do extraordinary things for the state."

Kenneth Silverman, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Learning and Health and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has won an Advocates for Action award, presented by the White House Office for National Drug Control Policy for his work with the Therapeutic Workplace—an employment-based substance-abuse recovery program.


Mark Riddle, M.D., a Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has received the 2013 Elaine Schlosser Lewis Award for Research on Attention Deficit Disorder from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The award is given annually to the best paper published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Margaret Chisolm, M.D.,., Associate Professor, has been named a Gold Humanism Scholar by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The Foundation seeks to support medical educators working to develop and enhance educational projects specifically focused on achieving humanistic patient care that can be replicated across a variety of healthcare delivery settings. She will receive a scholarship to attend the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators at Harvard University. The Institute brings together health care professionals, educators, and leaders to discuss the critical challenges of the day and design innovative solutions that have a lasting impact on the way medicine is practiced and students are educated.

Timothy H. Moran, Ph.D., Paul R. McHugh Professor and Vice Chair has been awarded the 2013 Hoebel Prize for Creativity by the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB). SSIB is an international organization committed to advancing scientific research on food and fluid intake and its associated biological, psychological and social processes. This prize is intended to honor an exceptional level of creativity and research excellence that constitutes a significant advance in the understanding of mechanisms controlling ingestive behavior and has the potential of benefiting society by elucidating methods for treating or preventing disorders of ingestive behavior.

Susan W. Lehmann, M.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic, as well as the Psychiatry Clerkship, has been awarded the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award from Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education. Each year it is awarded to a single faculty member who has been on the faculty for 10 years or more.

The Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit (BPRU) will receive the 2014 Enduring Programmatic Contributions in Behavior Analysis Award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA). This award recognizes their ground-breaking behavior analytic research, their world-renown in the application of behavior-analytic and operant principles to the analysis and treatment of drug addictions in humans, and their critical role in the development of contingency management as a treatment for substance use disorders.

George Bigelow, Ph.D. and Maxine Stitzer, Ph.D. , both professors in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, have received the 2013 Award for Scientific Translation from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis at the Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference. They were recognized for their pioneering research in the effective use of positive reinforcement in drug abuse treatment. Their early translational research with effective incentive-based contingency management  has been widely studied and  adopted as an evidence-based treatment intervention.

Crystal Watkins, M.D.,Ph.D. is the 2013 recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Outstanding Recent Graduate Award. 

The Addiction Treatment Services (ATS) at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is one of five recipients of The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) 2013 Science and Service Awards for the Treatment of Opioid-Related Disorders.

Jennifer Haythornthwaite, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Mind-Body Research is the recipient of the 2013 Vice Dean's Award for the Advancement of Women presented by the Johns Hopkins Office of Women in Science and Medicine

Peter V. Rabins, M.D. has been awarded the APA Jack Weinberg Memorial Award for Geriatric Psychiatry, which honors a psychiatrist who has demonstrated special leadership or who has done outstanding work in clinical practice, training, or research in geriatric psychiatry.

Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D. has been named to win the Lewis Thomas Prize from Rockefeller University for Writing about Science. The award recognizes Jamison’s 1993 book Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament, which examines the relationship between artistic creativity and mood disorders.

Jason Brandt, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, and Director of the Division of Medical Psychology, has been awarded the 2013 Lawrence M. Garten Award for Leadership Excellence by the Abilities Network, a Maryland-based organization that provides comprehensive services to persons with epilepsy and other conditions that hinder full community integration.

Vani Rao, M.D. have been accepted into the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence at The Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital Center. "The Academy strives to recognize the consummate academic clinician; a well-rounded physician who has achieved a level of mastery in the domain of clinical excellence."

Mood 24/7 Wins 2013 Key Innovator in Medical Information and Technology Award from Elsevier
Dr. Adam Kaplin, an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at Johns Hopkins University, is the inventor of Mood 24/7 , a web-based program that utilizes cell phones and texting technology that sends automatic daily texts to a patient at a specified time, asking him or her to record their mood.”

Eric Strain, M.D. had been voted the next president of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD). The CPDD is the longest standing group in the United States addressing problems of drug dependence and abuse. The organization serves as an interface among governmental, industrial and academic communities maintaining liaisons with regulatory and research agencies as well as educational, treatment, and prevention facilities in the drug abuse field.


For her work on mental health projects in southern India, Geetha Jayaram, MBBS, MBA, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences has, for the second year, been awarded the Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award, which is given to Rotary Foundation alumni whose extraordinary service activities and professional achievements exemplify the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self .

Chester Schmidt, M.D. Professor and Medical Director of the Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit has been awarded the 2012 Lifetime of Service Award by the Maryland Psychiatric Society.

Constantine Lyketsos, M.D., M.H.S.,Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center was awarded the Distinguished Scientist Award by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

Marc J. Fishman, M.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been awarded the first SAMHSA Science and Service Awards for Excellence in Opioid Treatment by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. This is given to programs or providers who demonstrate improved patient outcomes as a result of adopting an innovative practice.

Susan Lehman, M.D., Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Day Hospital and the Psychiatry Clerkship Director has been awarded the first Berkheimer Faculty Education Scholar Award by School of Medicine's Institute for Excellence in Education to develop a curriculum and materials to teach future physicians about psychiatric illnesses that affect older people. The Institute works to improve medical education, support educational scholarship and recognize educators at Johns Hopkins.