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 will be selected each year.

ACLP Foundation Research Professor Award

Candidate Criteria: Applicants must demonstrate a substantial research achievement background 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:

  • Presenting a lecture (or equivalent) at the “Research for Researchers” session at the annual meeting
  • Presenting up to one additional lecture, if requested by the Academy’s Annual Meeting Program Committee
  • Face-to-face mentoring of selected mentees at the Academy’s upcoming annual meeting
  • Organizing and maintaining regular contact (every other month is recommended) with assigned mentees for the duration of the program (phone, video-call, or other preferred/suitable means)
  • Concluding the program by submitting a summary report on mentee interactions to the FACLP Board of Directors by November 1 of the year following selection

Award: Complimentary registration to the annual meeting and $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.

Early Career Researcher Mentee Award

Candidate Criteria:

  • Demonstration of current research activity
  • Willingness and ability to effectively use research mentorship
  • Optional Academy membership; 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 face-to-face 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 of the profession

Foundation Professor Whooley and Mentees, and awards presenter Michael Sharpe
(Left to right) 2018 Foundation Research Professor Mary Whooley, MD, FACP, FAHA, FACC, with 2018 EC mentees Drs. Amit Chopra and Christopher Celano, and award presenter Michael Sharpe, MD, FACLP (Not pictured: EC mentee Elena Ivanova, PhD)

RECIPIENTS of the ACLP Foundation Research Professor Program Awards


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 1. 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:
Online applications for the Early Career Research Mentee will be accepted after the Research Professor is awarded in mid-May.  The deadline is June 17. 

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 & Evidence-Based Practice (R&EBP) Committee in collaboration with the mentor. Selected candidates will be notified by August 31.