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"I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I am standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start over the cliff."
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

These awards are AACAP's most prestigious awards and are awarded by the AACAP Assembly. The award recognizes an individual that advocates for children (must be an AACAP member), an AACAP component that best advocates for children, and a regional organization of child and adolescent psychiatry whose activities best highlight the contributions of AACAP regional organizations on behalf of children. Four Catchers in the Rye Award recipients are honored each year at the Annual Meeting.

Humanitarian Award
The AACAP Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award is awarded by the AACAP Executive Committee. It was established in 1990 to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of children's mental health. Contributions may include but are not limited to advocacy, increasing awareness, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, research, and/or acts of bravery/kindness.

Call for Nominations for AACAP Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award

Past AACAP Catchers in the Rye Humanitarian Award Recipients

Advocacy Award to an Individual
The AACAP Catchers in the Rye Advocacy Award to an Individual was established in 1996 to recognize an individual for their outstanding advocacy efforts on behalf of children and adolescents.

AACAP Committee
The AACAP Catchers in the Rye Award to an AACAP Committee was established in 1996 to recognize an AACAP committee for their outstanding efforts on behalf of children and adolescents.

Regional Organization
The AACAP Catchers in the Rye Award to a Regional Organization was established to recognize Regional Organizations for their outstanding efforts on behalf of children and adolescents.

View the 2013 AACAP Honors Book to learn about the most recent award recipients.