ACLP Foundation Research Professor Program

How to Apply

Launched in 2016, the ACLP Foundation Research Professor Program was developed in memory of Dr. Wayne Katon, Academy president 2012-13, his contribution to research, and to the mentoring of young researchers. It aims to bring leading researchers to the annual meeting and provide research mentorship to early career researchers. It is administered by the Academy’s Research & Evidence-Based Practice (REBP) Committee.

There are two complementary awards with separate application processes:

The overall objectives of the awards are to promote interest in consultation-liaison psychiatry research and to support the development of emerging talent in the field. A maximum of three mentees are selected each year.

ACLP Foundation Research Professor Award

Candidate Criteria
Applicants must evidence: a substantial background and achievements in research in an area relevant to consultation-liaison psychiatry; a proven track record as a mentor; and a willingness to accept the responsibilities of the role, which are:

Complimentary registration to the annual meeting and US$10,000 to cover costs to attend the meeting, with the remaining balance provided as an honorarium. The program starts at the annual meeting and concludes on October 31 of the following year.

Jane-WalkerThe 2022 ACLP Foundation Research Professor Award winner is Jane Walker, MBChB, PhD, FACLP, Senior Clinical Researcher, University of Oxford. Dr Walker is a senior clinical researcher at the University of Oxford, UK, and a consultation-liaison psychiatrist. Her research includes large epidemiological studies and multicenter clinical trials of collaborative care interventions. Dr Walker has particular expertise in the psychiatric care of patients with severe medical illnesses, including those at the end of life. She has led large epidemiological studies of more than 20,000 patients, which have brought new insights into the prevalence of major depression in people with different cancers and the effects of depression and anxiety on survival. She has also published a number of seminal studies on the prevalence and nature of suicidal thoughts in people with cancer.

Dr Walker has used her expertise in the design and delivery of clinical trials of complex interventions in C-L psychiatry, especially in the seriously medically ill, to evaluate interventions for both outpatients and inpatients. She led the day-to-day running of a trial for patients with functional neurological symptoms before delivering two multicenter clinical trials in psycho-oncology which included more than 600 participants. Most recently, she has played a key role in the design and delivery of a large multicenter trial, The HOME Study, evaluating the effectiveness of proactive C-L psychiatry for older medical inpatients.

With this background and experience, Dr. Walker will serve as the 2022 ACLP Foundation Research Professor and will support the work and professional development of three ACLP Early Career Researcher Mentees.

Early Career Researcher Mentee Award

Candidate Criteria

  • Demonstration of current research activity
  • Willingness and ability to effectively use research mentorship
  • Academy membership preferred, but not required; no geographical limitations

Expectations of awardees

  • Attend the entirety of the upcoming Academy annual meeting
  • Actively participate in the upcoming Academy annual meeting, including research sessions
  • Participate in mentoring meetings with the Research Professor


  • Up to four (4) hotel nights
  • Complimentary annual meeting registration
  • US$500 stipend to offset travel costs
  • The priceless personal time and networking connection with a leading figure in the field

L-R: Christopher Celano, MD, FACLP; Lydia Chwastiak, MD, MPH, FACLP; Gail Ironson, MD, PhD; Michael Bushey, MD, PhD; Kathleen Sheehan, MD; and Brian Anderson, MD

RECIPIENTS of the ACLP Foundation Research Professor Program Awards


Research Professor:
David Arciniegas, MD, FANPA, FACLP, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Research Mentees:
Erica Baller, MD, MS, University of Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Prince, DO, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Melissa Bui, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University


Research Professor:
Jeff Huffman, MD, FACLP, Associate Chief of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital

Research Mentees:
Jennifer Kruse, MD, University of California
Zev Nakamura, MD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Kamalika Roy, MD, Oregon Health & Science University 


Research Professor:
Gail Ironson, MD, Professor, University of Miami, Florida

Research Mentees:
Brian Anderson, MD, University of California San Francisco
Michael Bushey, MD, PhD, University of Indiana
Kathleen Sheehan, MD, University Health Network – Toronto Western Hospital 


Research Professor:
Mary Whooley, MD, FACP, FAHA, FACC, Professor, University of California, San Francisco

Research Mentees:
Amit Chopra, MD, FAPA, Allegheny General Hospital
Christopher Celano, MD, FACLP, Massachusetts General Hospital
Elena Ivanova, PhD, University of British Columbia


Research Professor:
Lydia Chwastiak, MD, MPH, FACLP, Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Research Mentees:
Kelly Edwards Irwin, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Eliza Park, MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Stephanie Smith, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Research Professor:
Kurt Kroenke, MD, Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

Research Mentees:
Joseph Cerimele, MD, University of Washington School of Medicine
Hsiang Huang, MD, Cambridge Health Alliance
Mark Oldham, MD, Yale School of Medicine

HOW TO APPLY for the ACLP Foundation Research Professor Program

Research Professor:
Nominations are submitted online using the Research Professor Nomination form by April 17. The professor is selected by both the Foundation of the ACLP and the Academy’s Research Subcommittee. The professor is funded by the Foundation.

Research Mentees:
Nominations are submitted online using the Research Mentee Nomination form. Nominations must be completed by September 30.

The application includes space for a statement, of no more than 750 words, of your current area of research interest. Detail how you think you would benefit from the year-long mentoring relationship and why this mentor would be a good match for you and your work/career.

Applications will be assessed by the Academy’s Research Subcommittee in collaboration with the mentor. Selected candidates will be notified by mid-October.