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The American Psychological Foundation announces a new $20,000 award for exceptional research and mentoring accomplishments in the area of serious mental illness.

Alexander Gralnick 2002-2003 Research Investigator Award

The American Psychological Foundation announces a new $20,000 award for exceptional research and mentoring accomplishments in the area of serious mental illness. The Alexander Gralnick Research Fund will support these awards biennially, beginning in 2002.

The award honors the late Alexander Gralnick, MD, and reflects the breadth of his accomplishments and contributions in the field of serious mental illness. Dr. Gralnick was a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He founded the High Point Hospital in Rye, New York, in 1951, and served as chief psychiatrist there for more than forty years. He served as professor of psychiatry at the New York Medical College and as a lecturer at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. A former president of the National Association of Private Psychiatric Hospitals, Dr. Gralnick received the American Psychiatric Association’s 1987 Distinguished Service Award and the 1991 Service to the Mentally Ill Award of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation.

Eligible research areas. According to the agreement instituting the fund, biennial awards will go to “exceptional individuals working in the area of serious mental illness,” including but not limited to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and paranoia (delusional disorder).These areas were selected because they encompass the breadth of Dr. Gralnick’s interests and contributions.

Award criteria. Nominees must have a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or M.D.) and must have a record of significant research productivity (for at least 8 years) and provide evidence of continuing creativity in the area of serious mental illness research. In addition, the successful awardee will have significant involvement in training and development of younger investigators. Nominees must have an affiliation with an accredited college, university, or other research/treatment institution.

Nomination procedure. Nomination packages must contain five copies of each of the following: (1) a letter of nomination addressing the award criteria and describing both the nominee’s accomplishments and prospects for future contributions (details should also be provided regarding the individual’s mentoring influence); (2) the nominee’s curriculum vitae, and (3) copies of two seminal publications. This package should be sent to the Alexander Gralnick Research Investigator Award, American Psychological Foundation at the APA address.

Selection criteria. The recipient will be selected based on the excellence of the full breadth of research conducted and published to date, ongoing research productivity, and influence on a future generation of researchers.

Deadline for receipt of nominations. April 15, 2002

For more information, please contact the American Psychological Foundation. The APF encourages nominations for individuals that represent diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual orientation.