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Samuel Novey Prize in Psychological Medicine

The Samuel Novey Prize in Psychological Medicine is an honor conferred at the Convocation Ceremony for the School of Medicine. The prize was established to honor the memory of Dr. Samuel Novey, who was a psychiatrist with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine. The award is given to the "graduating student with an outstanding academic record in psychiatry who has written the best paper on the connection between medical illnesses and mental life."


Melissa Lavoie

The winner for 2019 is Melissa Lavoie.

Winning Essay
Anorexia Nervosa: Starvation of Body and Mind


The winner for 2018 is Kelly Holz.


The winner for 2017 is Alex Stone.

Winning Essay
On Never Giving Up: Treating Chronic Pain


The winner for 2016 is Brent Pottenger.

Winning Essay
Can't or Won't


The winner for 2015 is Caleb Gardner, who will begin his residency in Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, MA.

Winning Essay
Waiting for the Revolution


The winner for 2014 is Lakshmi Krishnan, who will begin her residency in Internal Medicine at Duke University Hospital in July.

Winning Essay
On Flourishing: Redefining the Connection Between Psychiatric and Physical Health 


The winner for 2013 is Nicole Leistikow, who began her Psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins in the summer of 2013.

Winning Essay
Fathoming the Mental Life of Those with Medical Illness:
Why understanding the thoughts of patients with chronic
disease is critically important 

Janet Lee will begin her Psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins in the summer of 2013.
Reflections on Mental Life and Medical Illnesses


The winner for 2012 is Samuel T. Wilkinson, who began his residency in Psychiatry at Yale University.

Winning Essay
Improving the Connection between Medical and Psychiatric Care:  A Case Study

Entering the competition: 

Johns Hopkins Medical School graduating students are invited by email to participate early each calendar year. The paper should be in the form of an original essay, approximately 1500-3000 words. In addition to recognition at graduation, there is a $500 award. The winning student does not necessarily have to be entering the field of psychiatry. 

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