AACAP 2016 Catcher in the Rye Humanitarian Award Recipient

AACAP's Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award, established in 1990, and is awarded by the Executive Committee of AACAP, recognizes an individual or individuals who have made a significant contribution to the elimination of childhood mental illnesses through activities such as advocacy, education, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, research, and/or acts of bravery/kindness.

Lisa YangAACAP is honored to present the 2016 Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award to Lisa Yang, MBA.

Lisa personifies the meaning of the word "humanitarian", with her philanthropy and years of advocacy for mental health issues and creating meaningful lives for people with "invisible" disabilities.

Lisa Yang is a retired investment banker who lives in Bryn Mawr in suburban Philadelphia. She is the mother of three adult children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum. She is a tireless advocate for individuals with disabilities and is dedicated to normalizing their lives as much as possible.

Lisa believes that acceptance of people with disabilities makes us all better human beings. Her philanthropy extends across the globe, including India, Israel, and South Africa. A graduate of Cornell, she has given a major gift to the college’s Employment & Disability Institute which works to help people with disabilities attain skills and employment, as well as working with employers to make the work experience successful.

Lisa came to the USA from Singapore to matriculate at Cornell University from where she graduated in 1974. Two years later she completed her MBA at Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She has an extensive and impressive work history with several investment firms and other corporations including Investec/PMG Capital, NASDAQ/PHLX, Lehman Brothers in New York and in Singapore, The First Boston group, Mast Industries and RCA Corporation.

Lisa serves on several non-profit Boards including Columbia University Graduate School of Business, Cornell University Trustee Council and its ILR School Dean’s Advisory Council, The Devereux Foundation, The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent and the Leadership Board of the McGovern institute for Brain Research at MIT.

She has received awards from Cornell University (ILR Jerome Alpern 2014); from Cornell Asian Alumni Association (2013 Pan-Asian Banquet Honoree), and from the Devereux Foundation (2009 Cheryl and Howard Hassman Leadership award).

As Lisa shared with all of us in NYC, "I am truly humbled to be honored by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry as the recipient of the 2016 Catcher in the Rye Humanitarian Award. I do not work alone to ensure basic mental health for all, especially the young and the vulnerable. Collectively, we can make our schools, neighborhoods, and cities safer and be the catchers if "they start over the cliff."

AACAP's 63rd Annual Meeting Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award Presentation