AACAP Pilot Research Awards for Attention Disorders and/or Learning Disabilities, Supported by The Elaine Schlosser Lewis Fund
The following AACAP Pilot Research Awards, supported by The Elaine Schlosser Lewis Fund, encourage junior faculty and child and adolescent psychiatry residents to pursue research careers by providing grants of $15,000 to support pilot research. The awards specifically focus on research in attention disorders and/or learning disabilities and are in memory of Elaine Schlosser Lewis.

The 2014 recipients and their projects:

Argelinda Baroni, MD
Mentor: F. Xavier Castellanos, MD
NYU School of Medicine
Topic: Arousal and Cognitive Variability in ADHD: A Pilot Pupilometry Study

Venkat Bhat, MD
Mentor:Sarojini D'Cruz Sengupta, PhD
McGill Unversity
Topic: Epigentic Modifications Induced By Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy In Children With ADHD

The 2013 recipients and their projects:

Jadon Webb, MD, PhD
Mentor: Michael Bloch, MD, MS
Child Study Center, Yale University
Topic: Meta-Analysis: Do Stimulants Work as "Smart Pills?" The Cognitive Effects of Stimulants in Healthy Subjects Without ADHD

Mai Uchida, MD
Mentor: Joseph Biederman, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Topic: Using Health IT to Improve Medication Adherence in Children with ADHD


AACAP Pilot Research Award for General Psychiatry Residents and Junior Faculty, supported by Pfizer
The following AACAP Pilot Research Awards, supported by Pfizer, encourage junior faculty and child and adolescent psychiatry residents to pursue research careers by providing grants of $15,000 to support pilot research on child and adolescent mental health.

The 2014 recipients and their projects:


Jorge Almeida, MD, PhD
Mentor: Daniel Dickstein, MD
Brown University
Topic: Dysfunctional Emotion Processing Brain Circuity as a Potential Endophenotype in a High-plus Risk Group For Bipolar Disorder

Araba Chintoh, MBBS, PhD
Mentor: Gary Remington, MD, PhD, FRCPC
University of Toronto
Topic: MR Imaging of Fat Deposition in Adolescents with First-Time Use of Antipsychotics

Naomi Pitskel, MD

Mentor: Megan Smith, DrMD
Yale School of Medicine
Topic: Effects of Prenatal SRI Exposure on Maternal-Child Interactions


AACAP Pilot Research Awards for Junior Faculty and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residents, Supported by Lilly USA, LLC

The following AACAP Pilot Research Awards, supported by Lilly USA, LLC, encourage junior faculty and child and adolescent psychiatry residents to pursue research careers by providing grants of $15,000 to support pilot research on child and adolescent mental health.


The 2013 recipients and their projects:

Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD
Mentor: Allan Reiss, MD
Stanford University
Topic: Developmental Pathodynamics of Structural and Connectional Neuroanatomy in a Mouse Model of Fragile X Syndrome

Tejal Kaur, MD
Mentor: Bradley S. Peterson, MD
Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute
Topic: Surface Anatomy of the Hippocampus and Cortex: Relationship to Familial Risk for Schizophrenia

Ernest Pedapati, MD, MS
Mentors: Elana Harris, MD, PhD and Steve Wu, MD, MS
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Topic: Cortical Plasticity in Adolescent Depression

Shannon Delaney, MD
Mentor: Annisa Abi-Dargham, MD
Columbia University Medical Center
Topic: An Investigation of Anti-NMDA Receptor Antibodies in Patients With Psychosis, Comparing Adolescents and Young Adults at Clinically High Risk for Psychosis, to Those Meeting DSM-IV Criteria for Schizophrenia

Michael Birnbaum, MD
Mentor: Christoph Correll, MD
North Shore LIJ Zucker Hillside Hospital
Topic: Exploring Barriers to Care in Early Psychosis

Christina Khan, M.D., PhD
Mentor: Victor Carrion, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine
Topic: Empowering girls to take charge of their health through mindfulness and movement therapy


AACAP Pilot Research Awards for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residents, Supported by CFAK and the Endowment
The following AACAP Pilot Research Awards, supported by Campaign for America's Kids and the Endowment, encourage child and adolescent psychiatry residents to pursue research careers by providing grants of $15,000 to support pilot research on child and adolescent mental health.

The 2014 recipients and their projects:

Stephanie Ameis, MD, MSc
Mentor: Peter Szatmari, MD, MSc
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto
Topic: rTMS for the Treatment of Executive Function Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Associations with Brain Structure: A pilot study

Matthew Burkey, MD, MPH
Mentor: Lawrence Wissow, MD, MP
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Topic: Developing an Adaptable Assessment Tool for Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Marc Heiser, MD, PhD
Mentor: Marco Iacoboni, MD, PhD
UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior
Topic: Mirror Neuron Function in the Psychosis Prodrome in Adolescents

Maria Zerrate, MD, MHS
Mentor: Cristiane Durate, MD, MPH
New York Presbyterian Hospital
Topic: Mental Health Service And Psychotic Medication Use Among Puerto Rican Youth With Disruptive Behavior Disorders: A Mixed Methods Approach

Emily Gray, MD
Mentor: Kamryn Eddy, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Topic: Characterization of Deficits in Social Cognition and Associated Dysregulation of Oxytocin Secretion in Low Weight Adolescent Eating Disorders

Timothy Rice, MD
Mentor: Dorothy Grice, MD
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Topic: Mediators and Moderators of Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Childhood Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

For additional information about the AACAP Pilot Research Awards, please contact Jessica LoVerso, AACAP Research and Training Coordinator at jloverso@aacap.org or at 202-587-9664.