Awards

The APPA has four awards named for individuals who have made important contributions to the science of psychopathology. They are the Hamilton Award, Joseph Zubin Award, the Paul Hoch Award and the Eli Robins, Samuel Guze Award.

Hamilton Award

This award, given to the APPA President each year, is named for Samuel W. Hamilton who was the APPA President in 1938. He was born in 1878, was a Vermont native, received a B.S. at the University of Vermont and an M.D. from Columbia University. He began his career at Bloomingdale Asylum, now the Westchester Division of New York Hospital. He was most noted for his work in mental hospital administration and was a forceful advocate for improving the care of the mentally ill. He was highly regarded by colleagues and the Hamilton Award was established shortly after his death in 1951 to honor his “long and effective leadership” in the field of psychopathology.

Hoch Award

The Paul Hoch award is given to a distinguished and currently active investigator who has produced significant, generative research in the area being highlighted at the meeting. The award is accompanied by the Hoch Award Address. The recipient may or may not be a member of the APPA.

Zubin Award

For decades Joseph Zubin played an essential role in the intellectual health of the APPA. He pioneered the concept of an annual meeting around a theme, with subsequent publication of the meeting content as a book, many of which he edited. Dr. Zubin attended the annual meeting faithfully every year. In his latter years he invariably sat in the front row, and would ask at least one penetrating and highly relevant question after nearly every talk. He had great intellectual curiosity and in his courtly way he challenged speakers and attendees to think without ever causing a feeling of defensiveness.

The Joseph Zubin award is given to an individual who has played a fundamental role in psychopathology research, generally in a field related to the meeting topic. It honors a person who has contributed to our knowledge base and has stimulated others. The recipient need not necessarily be an active investigator but rather an elder statesman whose contributions are worthy of recognition.

Robins/Guze Award

The Robins/Guze Award is presented in honor of two psychiatrists Eli Robins (1921-1994) and Samuel B. Guze (1923-2000). These pioneers questioned every fundamental premise in clinical psychopathology and undertook studies and approaches that have changed the field of psychiatry forever. Their contributions included advancing a biological and medical view of mental illness, developing standard diagnostic criteria for mental disorders, and (as successive Heads of the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine), mentoring numerous investigators in the field. In memory of these significant contributions to the field of psychopathology, the Robins/Guze Award will be given to an early career investigator who has been conducting research, but has not yet been a Principal Investigator on a R01 grant or equivalent and has not yet reached the level of Associate Professor. The Robins/Guze Awardee will be automatically nominated as a member to the APPA and the first year's membership dues will be waived.

Nominations for this award should come from the candidate's mentor and include a CV of the nominee, and a brief letter supporting the appropriateness of the candidate for this award, including the number of past APPA meetings attended. Nominations must be submitted by email to the APPA President by January 15th.

Previous Award Winners*

Year Hoch Award* Zubin Award* Robins/Guze Award Student Leadership Award
* This lists the Hoch awardees since 1990, and the Zubin, Robins/Guze and Student Leadership awardees since those awards were established. For Hamilton awardees, please see listing of Presidents of the APPA (the first Hamilton Award was given to Clarence R. Oberndorf in 1953)
1990 Arvid Carlsson      
1991 Gerald Russell      
1992 Robert C. Elston George Winokur    
1993 Lindon Eaves Albert Ellis    
1994 George Brown Alexander H. Leighton    
1995 Stanley Prusiner Paul R. McHugh    
1996 Lester Luborsky Myrna M. Weissman / Gerald L. Klerman    
1997 Ronald C. Kessler Heinz Hafner    
1998 Robin M. Murray Barton Childs    
1999 John Rush David J. Kupfer / Ellen Frank    
2000 Ming T. Tsuang Samual B. Guze    
2001 Gerard Hogarty Robert Spitzer Frederick Cassidy Catina Meeks / Gary Heiman
2002 Joseph E. LeDoux Bruce S. McEwen Renee Cunningham Williams  
2003 Eric R. Kandel John W. Olney James Potash  
2004 George S. Alexopoulos Simon Wessely David C. Rettew  
2005 Jane M. Murphy Nikki Erlenmeyer-Kimling Karestan Koenen  
2006 Paul McHugh David Botstein Thomas Schulze  
2007 Sir Michael Rutter John E. Helzer Todd Lencz  
2008 James M. Robins Bruce P. Dohrenwend Catherine W. Striley  
2009 Norman Sartorius David Shaffer Zubin Bhagwager  
2010 Wilson M. Compton Ezra Susser Valerie Harder  
2011 Naomi Breslau Patricia Cohen Magdalena Cerda  
2012 Myron Hofer Zena Stein Monica Uddin  
2013 Maria Kovacs Gabrielle Carlson James Kirkbride  
2014 John H. Krystal Irving I. Gottesman Carolyn Rodríguez  
2015 Kathleen Merikangas Jules Angst Armin Raznahan  
2016 Francis J. McMahon Paula J. Clayton Katherine M. Keyes  
2017 Robert F. Krueger John G. Gunderson Nicholas R. Eaton  
2018