Awards and Recognition

Lucien Gonzalez, MD, MS, FAAP - Richard B. Heyman Award

Lucien Gonzalez, MDDr. Gonzalez is being recognized by the AAP Section on Adolescent Health as the recipient of the Richard B. Heyman Award. The award presentation will take place at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) annual meeting in Orlando on November 4, 2018.

The Richard B. Heyman award, formerly known as the Founders of Adolescent Health Award for Community Leadership, is sponsored by the Section on Adolescent Health and is presented to an individual who has done much in their community to improve the care for teenagers and to educate pediatricians about the needs of adolescents and the health care they require.  Read more about Dr. Gonzalez' efforts on substance use prevention and treatment in the SOAH Fall 2018 Newsletter.


Kaz Nelson, MD - ABPN Research Award

Dr. Kaz Nelson has been selected to receive an ABPN Research Award. The ABPN Research Award supports research projects related to the mission of the ABPN, which is to develop and provide valid and reliable procedures for initial and continuing certification in psychiatry and neurology.

This award will provide funding to support her project, "Inter-rater reliability training outcomes for evaluators participating in The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Clinical Skills Evaluations" Dr. Nelson will have up to two years to complete this project.

C. Sophia Albott, MD, MA - KL2 Career Development Program

Dr. Albott has joined the 2018 cohort of the CTSI KL2 Scholars with a three-year NIH Institutional Career Development Award. The program provides junior investigators with protected time, research funds and salary support, and a structured training and career development program with a mentored, multidisciplinary clinical and translational research emphasis.

Dr. Albott's project is entitled, "Characterization of Comorbid Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder Utilizing Ketamine as an Experimental Medicine Probe".

Jessica Nielson, PhD - NIH Research Project Grant (R01)

Jessica Nielson, PhD has received her first NIH Research Project Grant (R01) for a study entitled, "Early Stage Investigators Bioinformatics for post-traumatic stress". Dr. Nielson's career accomplishment will be recognized at the Medical School 130th Anniversary Celebration on October 1, 2018 in the Mayo Auditorium.

Learn more about Dr. Nielson's work on her lab website.

Kathryn Cullen, MD - CTSI Mentor of the Year

Dr. Kathryn Cullen, Associate Professor and Division Chief of  Child & Adolescent Psychiatry has been named CTSI Mentor of the Year.

Individuals were nominated by their mentees, and evaluated based on the research guidance they provided as well as their interpersonal and motivational skills, promotion of career development, mentor training record, and personal research accomplishments.

Lora Wichser, MD - Herz Faculty Teaching Development Award

Lora Wichser, MDDr. Lora Wichser, Course Director for the Psychiatry Externship, has received a Herz Faculty Teaching Development Award for 2018-19.

The award provides funding for a faculty development project that will benefit faculty and learners at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Wichser's project will examine current practices and then identify strategies to improve the reliability of faculty assessment of learners.

Katie Steingraeber, MD – CAP Fellow AACAP Award

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Katie Steingraeber, who won the Educational Outreach Program award for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) residents.

The EOP provides the opportunity for child and adolescent psychiatry residents to receive a formal overview to the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, establish child and adolescent psychiatrists as mentors, and experience the AACAP's 65th Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, October 22 – October 27, 2018. Participants will be exposed to the breadth and depth of the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, including research opportunities, access to mentors, and various networking opportunities.

Raghu Gandhi, MD, MBBS – CAP Fellow AACAP Award

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Raghu Gandhi who won the AACAP "2018 Systems of Care Special Program Clinical Projects" award.

This award provides the opportunity to be part of a learning community focused on system-based practice for youth with Autism and Intellectual Disability (AID). Recipients will receive mentoring from members of the Systems of Care and Autism and Intellectual Disability Committees. This opportunity also offers the chance to network with colleagues working in systems-based care for youth with AID.