Award Winners

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Celebrate with ACLP’s Top Award Winners 2019!

Achievements and Skills will be Recognized at San Diego Meeting


Hochang (Ben) Lee, MD, FACLP
Hochang Lee, MD, FACLP

The Don R. Lipsitt Award for Achievement in Integrated and Collaborative Care—recognizing an individual who has demonstrated excellence and innovation in the integration of mental health with other medical care through collaborative care—is awarded to Hochang Lee, MD, FACLP, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Michael Sharpe, MD, FACLP
Michael Sharpe, MD, FACLP

In his nomination, Michael Sharpe, MD, FACLP, incoming ACLP president, commends Dr. Lee on his ground-breaking work in delivering integrated inpatient care. He was one of a group at Yale who initiated a proactive model of inpatient C-L Psychiatry and continued to develop it at Rochester, linking together many US sites.

“This proactive model has the potential to do for inpatient C-L Psychiatry what collaborative care did for outpatient Psychiatry,” says Dr. Sharpe. “Inpatient C-L has been very much a poor relation with a lack of good evidence for its effectiveness. The proactive model has breathed fresh life into inpatient C-L Psychiatry and has the potential to revolutionise practice.”


Jeffrey Staab, MD, MS, FACLP
Jeffrey Staab, MD, MS, FACLP

The Wayne Katon Research Award—recognizing a currently active researcher in the field of psychopathology with the medically ill—is awarded to Jeffrey Staab, MD, MS, FACLP, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Clinic, who was nominated by Academy past-president, James Rundell, MD, FACLP.

James Rundell, MD, FACLP
James Rundell, MD, FACLP

Dr. Staab is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on psychosomatic aspects of vestibular and balance disorders. Most recently, he has been working with neuroimaging experts on three continents to identify alterations in brain function and structure associated with these clinical conditions and underlying mechanisms.

As a result of Dr. Staab’s work to elucidate specific roles for contributory somatic and psychological processes, says Dr. Rundell, “current concepts of vestibular disorders and physiological models of cortical control of locomotion rest on a much more solid foundation of evidence than they did in the past.”


Visiting Professor Awards allow an institution to receive a one- to three-day visit from an ACLP member to promote the understanding and practice of C-L Psychiatry. This year, three institutions have been granted awards:

Gen Shinozaki, MD, FACLP
Gen Shinozaki, MD, FACLP

Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, will invite Gen Shinozaki, MD, FACLP, for three days to explore a novel electroencephalogram (EEG) device for screening delirium, which he is developing.

E. Sherwood Brown, MD, PhD, FACLP
E. Sherwood Brown, MD, PhD, FACLP

Sponsor E. Sherwood Brown, MD, PhD, FACLP, vice chair for clinical research at UT Southwestern, says data from the device shows it can detect signals predictive of poor outcomes associated with delirium. “We are hoping to start a multi-center study with Dr. Shinozaki’s team, and this will be a great opportunity to learn how to implement such technology in daily practice.” Residents in the department will benefit for seeing how a creative idea can drastically improve medical practice. “Such an example will encourage our trainees to be more proactive…to be open-minded for new opportunities, and not content with where we are at now.”

Maryland Pao, MD, FACLP
Maryland Pao, MD, FACLP

Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will invite Maryland Pao, MD, FACLP, for three days to help integrate the separate child and adolescent C-L service into the larger adult C-L service at UNC. Two additional goals are to:

  • Develop a clinical research track within this combined service.
  • Establish systematic screening for suicide risk among medically and surgically ill patients in the UNC health care system.
Sarah Laughon, MD
Sarah Laughon, MD

Sponsor Sarah Laughon, MD, says the adult C-L team at UNC provides more than 3,000 new and follow-up inpatient consultations annually in its 850-bed academic medical center. Historically, child psychiatry consultations have operated independently, but there is a growing interest in merging the adult and child consult services together over the next year.

“We want to learn from Dr. Pao how she structured the NIMH [National Institute of Mental Health] child C-L service as a clinical research operation, and we have a particular interest in her research program on screening for suicide risk in medical settings…one of our most frequent consultation requests is related to suicidal behavior.”

David Kroll, MD
David Kroll, MD

Psychiatry Residency Program, LSU/Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, will invite David Kroll, MD, for three days to explore a psychiatry quality improvement program and Morbidity & Mortality incident reporting.

L. Lee Tynes, MD
L. Lee Tynes, MD, FACLP

Sponsor L. Lee Tynes, MD, says: “There’s never been a time when quality assessment and improvement was more important. We have experienced explosive growth in the size and scope of our psychiatry department, including our consultation services. Our hospital has prioritized QI [quality improvement] as a critical process for our success at all levels, including the creation of training programs for both faculty and staff. Bringing this program to our department will dovetail with these efforts and provide a platform to emphasize Psychiatry’s—and C-L’s—important role in continuous improvement.”


This ACLP Foundation Research Program funds both a pre-eminent research leader to lecture at the upcoming annual meeting, and mentorship by the selected professor of three emerging early-career researchers in the field.

Gail Ironson, MD, PhD
Gail Ironson, MD, PhD

The 2019 ACLP Foundation Research Program Professor is Gail Ironson, MD, PhD, University of Miami.

Dr. Ironson has more than 250 publications in the field of behavioral medicine applied to HIV/AIDS, cancer, and cardiovascular disease; is past president of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research Society and the Health Division of the International Positive Psychology Association; and is a current or past member of the editorial board of five journals.

She has directed or co-directed federally funded research studies investigating psychological factors in long survival with HIV/AIDS, stress management in HIV and cancer, massage therapy and immunity, and the biological effects of trauma in underprivileged people, people with HIV, and people at risk for HIV.

Dr. Ironson also set up and runs the trauma treatment program at the University of Miami Psychological Services Center, which makes available to the community both traditional and newer approaches to treatment. Her current areas of focus include examining positive psychological factors and health (especially spirituality) and trauma. She is the principal investigator of the recently funded, five-year follow-up of the nationwide Templeton Landmark Study on Spirituality and Health, and has just completed another study on treating trauma in men at risk for HIV.

Her research mentees are:

  • Brian Anderson, MD, University of California San Francisco
  • Michael Bushey, MD, University of Indiana
  • Kathleen Sheehan, MD, University Health Network – Toronto Western Hospital.


The Dlin/Fischer Award is presented for significant achievement in clinical research and the best paper submitted for presentation at the annual meeting.

This year’s award goes to 2018-19 Webb Fellow Juliet Edgcomb, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA, who is presenting a paper at CLP 2019 on High Risk Phenotypes of Suicidality following Medical Hospitalization.

See Algorithms Identify Patients Most at Risk of Suicide After Hospital Discharge


The Eleanor & Thomas P. Hackett Memorial Award—the Academy’s highest honor, presented to an individual for outstanding achievement in C-L Psychiatry—awarded to Philip Muskin, MD, FACLP, will be previewed in the Friday daily issue.