The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), is pleased to announce that Bennett L. Leventhal, M.D., is the recipient of the AACAP George Tarjan Award for Contributions in Developmental Disabilities.
Contact: Erin Baker, Communications Director
202.966.7300, Ext. 119
Adam Lowe, Communications Coordinator
202.966.7300, Ext. 154
Washington, D.C., September 24, 2008 – The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), is pleased to announce that Bennett L. Leventhal, M.D., is the recipient of the AACAP George Tarjan Award for Contributions in Developmental Disabilities. The annual award recognizes a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has made significant contributions in a lifetime career to the understanding of mental retardation or developmental disabilities. The award is administered by AACAP’s Autism and Intellectual Disability Committee.
“Bennett’s leadership has advanced science. His tireless work has promoted better understanding and greater compassion for families living with autism,” said AACAP President Robert Hendren, D.O.
“Since the late 1970s, Dr. Leventhal has served those with autism and intellectual disabilities by being engaged in clinical care, research, teaching and program development,” said Edwin Cook, M.D., co-chair of AACAP’s Autism and Intellectual Disabilities Committee. “I cannot speak highly enough about his influence on the career development of many in the field.”
Dr. Leventhal is the Irving B. Harris Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of the Center for Child Mental Health and Developmental Neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has worked extensively in the areas of attention disorders, autism, community services, developmental disorders, genetics, juvenile justice and psychopharmacology. He is an active clinician, educator and investigator, as well as an academic and clinical administrator
He will present, “Developmental Disorders Through the Prism of Science, Students, and Service: a Personal Odyssey,” at Honors Presentation 8 on Friday, October 31 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers.
For more information on the award, or to obtain a photograph of Dr. Leventhal, please contact Adam Lowe, AACAP Communications Coordinator, at 202.966.7300 x 154 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Representing over 7,500 child and adolescent psychiatrists nationwide, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is the leading authority on children's mental health. AACAP members actively research, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders affecting children, adolescents, and their families.