ACNP Honorific Awards

The 2021 Honorific Award winners will be presented at the 60th Annual Meeting, December 5-8, 2021.  

The College is now accepting nominations for the 2021 ACNP Honorific Awards in April.  The deadline to submit a nomination is June 24, 2021. *Nominees can only be nominated for one award in any given year.

Please click here to submit a nomination for an Honorific Award.

ACNP Honorific Awards Submission Guide

Should you have questions or need assistance, please contact ACNP, acnp@acnp.org

Award Information

  • Julius Axelrod Mentorship Award

    The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) presents the Julius Axelrod Mentorship Award to an ACNP member who has made an outstanding contribution to neuropsychopharmacology by mentoring and developing young scientists into leaders in the field. The Award consists of a monetary award and a plaque to be given during the Annual Meeting. The award winner must attend the Annual Meeting.  Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.

    Any scientist may nominate an ACNP member for this award by submitting the following to the Awards Committee:

    1. The one-page nominating letter should address the following points:
      • How long have you known the candidate and in what capacity?
      • Avoiding redundancy with list of mentees (see below), describe the scope of candidate’s mentoring activity, e.g. type of mentees, type of setting for mentoring.
      • What sets this candidate apart as a mentor?
      • Comment on impact of candidate’s mentoring activity on their field.
      • Rank candidate compared to other mentors you have known at similar career stage (top 1, 5, 10%, etc.)
    2. NIH style bio sketch or equivalent, with personal statement written to summarize most significant mentoring contributions
    3. Required Metrics:
      • List of mentees that received F or K awards
      • Candidate’s contribution to Training Grants
      • Broader initiatives related to mentorship, training, other career advancement mechanisms
      • Other mentoring activities not captured by the above questions
    4. Full list of scientists who have been mentored by the candidate; for each provide dates of mentorship, their current job titles, and one sentence summarizing their contributions to their field. Use asterisks to highlight most significant mentees.
    5. Letters of support (one-page) from three scientists who have been mentored by the candidate.

     

    *Previous winners of the Dolores Shockley Minority Mentoring Award are not eligible.

    Click here to view previous Julius Axelrod Mentorship award winners.

    Click here to view previous Dolores Shockley Diversity and Inclusion Advancement award winners.

    Please click here to begin nomination.

  • Daniel H. Efron Research Award

    The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) presents the Efron Award to an individual on the basis of outstanding basic research contributions to neuropsychopharmacology.  The selection of the awardee is based on the quality of the contributions and their impact in advancing neuropsychopharmacology.  Award recipients will receive a monetary award and a plaque to be given at the ACNP Annual Meeting. Award recipients who are not members of the ACNP may also be reimbursed for their expenses to attend the Annual Meeting.  The Award winner must attend the Annual Meeting. 

    Any scientist, worldwide, may nominate an individual for this award by submitting to the Awards Committee the following items:

    1. The one-page nominating letter should address the following points:
      • How long have you known the candidate and in what capacity?
      • Describe contribution of candidate to their field, focusing on contributions as an independent investigator.
      • Describe impact of this contribution on the field.
      • Rank candidate compared to others you have known at similar career stage (top 1, 5, 10%, etc.)
    2. NIH style bio sketch or equivalent, with the personal statement written to explain cumulative, integrated impact of the candidate’s body of work
    3. Required Metrics:
      • H-Index
      • Number of peer-reviewed primary papers (and how many of these papers are first or last author)
      • List of NIH grants as PI
      • List of non-NIH grants as PI
      • International nominees to discuss funding in the context of their country (optional)

    *Nominators will ask the nominee to provide their Biosketch and assist with compiling the required metrics.  Individuals who believe that they meet the qualifications for the award are encouraged to request a nomination from a qualified scientist.  Note: neither the nominee nor the nominator is required to be an ACNP member. 

    The recipient of the Efron Research Award must be within fifteen (15) years of their terminal training position as of December 31st of the current year (i.e., post-doctoral training; residency or fellowship training for M.D.’s who did not do post-doctoral training).  Nominees can request extensions based on work interruptions due to parental leave, dependent care, illness or other extenuating circumstances. Recipients who have had a significant life event may include background information in their nomination about the life event for the committee to consider (e.g. birth of a child, childcare, illness of individual, care for an ill family member, personal or family tragedy, etc.). He/she does not need to be a member of the ACNP or a citizen of the United States. Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.

    Click here to view previous award winners.

    Please click here to begin nomination.

  • Joel Elkes Research Award

    The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) presents the Joel Elkes Research Award to a young scientist in recognition of an outstanding clinical contribution to neuropsychopharmacology.  Of particular interest in selecting the awardee are contributions that further our understanding of self-regulatory processes as they affect mental function and behavior in disease and well-being.  Award recipients will receive a monetary award and a plaque to be given at the ACNP Annual Meeting. Award recipients who are not members of the ACNP may also be reimbursed for their expenses to attend the Annual Meeting.  The award winner must attend the Annual Meeting.

    Any scientist, worldwide, may nominate an individual for this award by submitting to the Awards Committee:

    1. The one-page nominating letter should address the following points:
      • How long have you known the candidate and in what capacity?
      • Describe contribution of candidate to their field, focusing on contributions as an independent investigator.
      • Describe impact of this contribution on the field.
      • Rank candidate compared to others you have known at similar career stage (top 1, 5, 10%, etc.)
    2. NIH style bio sketch or equivalent, with the personal statement written to explain cumulative, integrated impact of the candidate’s body of work
    3. Required Metrics:
      • H-Index
      • Number of peer-reviewed primary papers (and how many of these papers are first or last author)
      • List of NIH grants as PI
      • List of non-NIH grants as PI
      • International nominees to discuss funding in the context of their country (optional)

     

    *Nominators will ask the nominee to provide their Biosketch and assist with compiling the required metrics.  Individuals who believe that they meet the qualifications for the award are encouraged to request a nomination from a qualified scientist.  Note: neither the nominee nor the nominator is required to be an ACNP member. 

    The recipient of the Elkes Research Award must be within fifteen (15) years of their terminal training position as of December 31st of the current year (i.e., post-doctoral training; residency or fellowship training for M.D.’s who did not do post-doctoral training).  Nominees can request extensions based on work interruptions due to parental leave, dependent care, illness or other extenuating circumstances. Recipients who have had a significant life event may include background information in their nomination about the life event for the committee to consider (e.g. birth of a child, childcare, illness of individual, care for an ill family member, personal or family tragedy, etc.).  He/she does not need to be a member of the ACNP or a citizen of the United States. Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.

    Click here to view previous award winners. 

    Please click here to begin nomination.

  • Barbara Fish Memorial Award

    The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) presents the Barbara Fish Memorial Award to an ACNP member who has made an outstanding contribution to basic, translational or clinical neuroscience. The award is named in honor of Dr. Barbara Fish, a pioneering researcher who was a founding member of ACNP. The award is open to all full and emeritus ACNP members; the nominator must also be an ACNP member. The selection of the nominee is based on a mature body of work, notable for its impact, innovation, and depth. The body of work should further the mission of the College by advancing the understanding of causes, prevention and treatment of diseases of the nervous system. Award recipients will receive a monetary award and a plaque to be given at the ACNP Annual Meeting. The award winner must attend the Annual Meeting. 

    1. The two-page nominating letter should address the following points:
      • How long have you known the candidate and in what capacity?
      • Describe contribution of candidate to their field, focusing on impact, innovation, depth and maturity of the work.
    2. NIH style bio sketch or equivalent, with the personal statement written to explain cumulative, integrated impact of the candidate’s body of work
    3. Required Metrics:
      • H-Index
      • Number of peer-reviewed primary papers (and how many of these papers are first or last author)
      • List of NIH grants as PI
      • List of non-NIH grants as PI
      • International nominees to discuss funding in the context of their country (optional)

     

    *Nominators will ask the nominee to provide their Biosketch and assist with compiling the required metrics.  Individuals who believe that they meet the qualifications for the award are encouraged to request a nomination from an ACNP member.  

    Please click here to begin nomination.

  • Paul Hoch Distinguished Service Award

    The Paul Hoch Distinguished Service Award is presented by the ACNP when a member has made unusually significant contributions to the College.  The emphasis of this award is on service to the College—not for teaching, clinical, or research accomplishment.  Recipients of the Hoch Award will receive a monetary award and a plaque to be given at the Annual Meeting. Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.

    Any Member or Fellow of the ACNP may submit the name of a member to receive the Hoch Award by submitting the following:

    1. One-page nomination letter addressing the transformative and/or significant contribution(s) this member has made to the College.
    2. NIH style bio sketch or equivalent
    3. The Executive Office will provide the nominee’s Activity Sheet which will detail:
      • Committees/task forces they have volunteered for or served on
      • Leadership positions in the College
      • How many times they have been asked and reviewed for NPP
      • Annual meetings they have attended
      • How many times they have mentored or volunteered to mentor during the annual meetings

     

    Click here to view previous award winners.

    Please click here to begin nomination.

  • Eva King Killam Research Award

    The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) presents the Eva King Killam Research Award to an early career researcher on the basis of outstanding translational research contributions to neuropsychopharmacology. The nominee’s research should contribute to translating between basic science and human investigations. The selection of the awardee is based on the quality of the contribution and its impact in advancing neuropsychopharmacology. Award recipients will receive a monetary award and a plaque to be given at the ACNP Annual Meeting. Award recipients who are not members of the ACNP may also be reimbursed for their expenses to attend the Annual Meeting. The Award winner must attend the Annual Meeting.

    This award was first given in 2011 and is named after Eva King Killam, who served as the first woman President of the ACNP in 1988. 

    Any scientist, worldwide, may nominate an eligible individual for this award by submitting to the Awards Committee: 

    1. The one-page nominating letter should address the following points:
      • How long have you known the candidate and in what capacity?
      • Describe contribution of candidate to their field, focusing on contributions as an independent investigator.
      • Describe impact of this contribution on the field.
      • Rank candidate compared to others you have known at similar career stage (top 1, 5, 10%, etc.)
    2. NIH style bio sketch or equivalent, with the personal statement written to explain cumulative, integrated impact of the candidate’s body of work
    3. Required Metrics:
      • H-Index
      • Number of peer-reviewed primary papers (and how many of these papers are first or last author)
      • List of NIH grants as PI
      • List of non-NIH grants as PI
      • International nominees to discuss funding in the context of their country (optional)

     

    *Nominators will ask the nominee to provide their Biosketch and assist with compiling the required metrics.  Individuals who believe that they meet the qualifications for the award are encouraged to request a nomination from a qualified scientist.  Note: neither the nominee nor the nominator is required to be an ACNP member.

    The recipient of the Eva King Killam Research Award must be within fifteen (15) years of their terminal training position as of December 31st of the current year (i.e., post-doctoral training; residency or fellowship training for M.D.’s who did not do post-doctoral training).  Nominees can request extensions based on work interruptions due to parental leave, dependent care, illness or other extenuating circumstances. Recipients who have had a significant life event may include background information in their nomination about the life event for the committee to consider (e.g. birth of a child, childcare, illness of individual, care for an ill family member, personal or family tragedy, etc.).  He/she does not need to be a member of the ACNP or a citizen of the United States. Nomination of women and minorities is highly encouraged.

    Click here to view previous award winners. 

    Please click here to begin nomination.

  • Media Award

    The ACNP Media Award was established to recognize major contributions to the education of the public about mental illness and substance abuse research and the positive impact of research on treatment.  The award is intended to be an expression of appreciation from the College toward outstanding public education leaders who provide complete, accurate, and unbiased information to our society about brain diseases. The honoree may be a member of the print or electronic media, an advocacy organization or a public education initiative that promotes increased awareness of brain research and the impact it has on people’s lives.  The award recipient will attend the ACNP Annual Meeting and interact with its members and guests, further developing his/her own knowledge of the field and expanding his/her network of expert contacts.

    The Media Award consists of an expense paid trip to the ACNP Annual Meeting and a plaque to be presented at the Annual Meeting. The Award winner must attend the Annual Meeting.  

    Any individual may submit a nomination for the ACNP Media Award by submitting to the Awards Committee:

    1. A nominating letter no longer than one page in length that describes the contributions made by the candidate or group.
    2. No more than three examples of the person’s or group’s work (articles, CDs, DVDs, books, etc.) as supporting material.  
    3. Be sure to include the exact name, title, and contact information of the nominee or group.

     

    CDs, DVDs, books, etc. should be mailed to the ACNP Executive Office: 5034A Thoroughbred Lane, Brentwood, Tennessee, 37027 USA

    Click here to view previous award winners.

    Please click here to begin nomination.

  • Public Service Award

    The ACNP Public Service Award has been established in recognition of substantial contributions to affect public policies or other activities related to improving the health of the public with an emphasis on patients with brain diseases. This award is to be given to an outstanding leader dedicated to serving and educating the public about mental illness, committed to advancing research to benefit patients and their loved ones, and having an impact on the continued investment in neuroscience research. The award is intended to be an expression of appreciation from the College toward outstanding public leaders who provide complete, accurate, and unbiased information to our society about brain diseases. The honoree may be a member of the government, an advocacy organization or a public education initiative that promotes increased awareness of brain research and the impact it has on people’s lives.

    The Public Service Award consists of an expense paid trip to the ACNP Annual Meeting and a plaque to be presented at the Annual Meeting. The award recipient will attend the ACNP Annual Meeting and interact with its members and guests, further developing his/her own knowledge of the field and expanding his/her network of expert contacts. If a government official is selected to receive the Public Service Award and is unable to attend the Annual Meeting, the award will be presented to the recipient during a visit to Capitol Hill and presented by a member of the Liaison Committee.

    Any individual may submit a nomination for the ACNP Public Service Award by submitting to the Awards Committee:

    1. A nominating letter no longer than one page in length that describes the contributions made by the candidate or group.  (Please be sure to include the exact name, title, and contact information of the nominee or group.)

     

    Click here to view previous award winners.

    Please click here to begin nomination.

  • Dolores Shockley Diversity and Inclusion Advancement Award

    The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) presents the Dolores Shockley Diversity and Inclusion Advancement Award to an individual and/or program (e.g., department, initiative, institute, etc.) that has had outstanding success promoting Diversity and Inclusion within the fields of basic, clinical or translational neuroscience. Applications for the award will be considered annually but need not be awarded every year. Nominations of individuals and programs will be considered separately, so an award may be given in both categories in any one year. 

    The Dolores Shockley Award seeks to recognize exceptional leadership, innovation, and success in promoting inclusion and career development of young scientists from underrepresented minorities – either through acts of individual mentorship, or collective efforts and dedicated programs within institutions. The award consists of a monetary award and a plaque to be given during the Annual Meeting. The awardee (or representatives from the awarded department) must attend the Annual Meeting. The College highly encourages nomination of women and individuals from underrepresented communities for the individual award.

    Any scientist may nominate an individual or an institution for this award by submitting the following to the Awards Committee: 

    To Nominate an Individual:

    1. The one-page nominating letter should address the following points:
      • How long have you known the candidate and in what capacity?
      • Avoiding redundancy with list of mentees (see below), describe the scope of candidate’s mentoring activity, e.g. type of mentees, type of setting for mentoring.
      • What sets this candidate apart as a mentor?
      • Comment on impact of candidate’s mentoring activities on participation of scientists from underrepresented groups in the field.
      • Rank candidate compared to other mentors you have known at similar career stage (top 1, 5, 10%, etc.) with respect to contributions related to mentees from underrepresented groups.
    2. NIH style bio sketch or equivalent, with personal statement written to summarize most significant mentoring contributions related to mentees from underrepresented groups. 
    3. Required Metrics:
      • List of mentees from underrepresented groups that received F, K or R awards
      • Candidate’s role in Training Grants with a focus on trainees from underrepresented groups
      • Involvement in broader initiatives related to bringing scientists from underrepresented groups into the field (mentorship, training, other career advancement mechanisms)
      • Other mentoring activities not captured by the above questions
    4. Full list of scientists from underrepresented groups who have been mentored by the candidate; for each provide dates of mentorship, their current job titles, and one sentence summarizing their contributions to their field. Use asterisks to highlight most significant mentees.
    5. Letters of support (one-page) from three scientists from underrepresented groups who have been mentored by the candidate.

     

    To Nominate a Program:

    1. The nominating letter should be up to two pages and describe the scope of the program’s activities and accomplishments in promoting diversity and inclusion in neuropsychopharmacology and related disciplines. 
    2. Required Metrics:
      • List of mentees from underrepresented groups that received F, K or R awards
      • Details of Training Grants that had a focus on trainees from underrepresented groups
      • Broader initiatives related to bringing scientists from underrepresented groups into the field (mentorship, training, other career advancement mechanisms)
      • Other relevant activities not captured by the above questions
    3. Full list of underrepresented minority trainees from the program over the past decade, detailing: dates of department membership, role within the department, current job titles, and one sentence summarizing their contributions to their field. Use asterisks to highlight more significant trainees.
    4. Letters of support (one-page) from three past trainees from the department.
    5. Include the name of three trainees or junior faculty, their Training Stage (must be undergraduate or above), and a brief description (1-2 sentences) of their involvement in the program. If awarded, these individuals will receive invitations to the annual meeting, supported by a travel stipend. The program is encouraged to list the names of underrepresented minorities.

    *Previous winners of the Julius Axelrod Mentorship Award are not eligible.

    Click here to view previous Dolores Shockley Diversity and Inclusion Advancement award winners.

    Click here to view previous Julius Axelrod Mentorship award winners.

    Please click here to begin nomination.

Annual Meeting 2020 – Honorific Award Winner Acceptance Videos

Efron Award Winner: Kay M. Tye, Ph.D. –

Elkes Award Winner: Romina Mizrahi, M.D., Ph.D. –

Axelrod Award Winners: Kathleen T. Brady, M.D., Ph.D., Helen Blair Simpson, M.D., Ph.D. –

Killam Award Winner: Panos Roussos, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D. –

Shockley Award Winner: Gregory J. Quirk, Ph.D. –

Hoch Award Winner: Joseph T. Coyle, M.D. –

Media Award Winner: Brandon Staglin, M.S. –

Public Service Award Winner: Patrick J. Kennedy –

Annual Meeting 2020 – Journal Award Winners Acceptance Videos
NEATOR: Samuel W. Centanni, Ph.D. and Danny G. Winder, Ph.D. (Endocannabinoid control of the insular-bed nucleus of the stria terminalis circuit regulates negative affective behavior associated with alcohol abstinence)-

NEAR: Jill B. Becker, Ph.D. and Elena Chartoff, Ph.D. (Sex differences in neural mechanisms mediating reward and addiction) –

NEECA: Erin Calipari, Ph.D. (Cues play a critical role in estrous cycle‐dependent enhancement of cocaine reinforcement) –

 

The College was pleased to announce the first Dolores Shockley Minority Mentoring award during the 2017 Annual Meeting.  This award is presented to an ACNP member who has been particularly successful in mentoring young scientists from underrepresented minorities in the field of neuropsychopharmacology and related disciplines.  Please see the interviews below with Dr. Dolores Shockley and first award winner, Dr. Margarita Dubocovich (starting at 18:00), interviewed by Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez.