For immediate release:
October 13, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC—The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) will honor its 2005 Catcher in the Rye Award winners at the AACAP/Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Joint Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The awards were established to honor those who have made significant contributions to society through support of the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.
The AACAP will present the 2005 Catcher in the Rye Humanitarian Award to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Mendik who created the AACAP Elaine Schlosser Lewis Fund for the scientific study of attentional disorders. The Fund supports an annual award for the best paper on attentional disorders, an annual two-year pilot research award, and a new award that will encourage the study of the link between attentional and learning disorders. Mrs. Mendik will accept the award on behalf of her late husband at the Opening Plenary of the AACAP/CACAP Joint Annual Meeting in Toronto.
The AACAP will recognize Alvin Rosenfeld, M.D. with the 2005 Catcher in the Rye Advocacy Award due to his outstanding leadership in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and as a spokesperson on behalf of children and adolescents.
AACAP’s Juvenile Justice Reform Committee will receive the 2005 AACAP Catcher in the Rye Advocacy Award on behalf of their efforts to promote research in child and adolescent psychiatry and for developing the second edition of its monograph, Recommendations for Juvenile Justice Reform.
The Vermont Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry will be honored with the 2005 Catcher in the Rye Advocacy Award on behalf of its legislation initiatives, work in public education, and collaboration with colleagues in pediatrics and other mental health fields.
Catcher in the Rye Advocacy Awards will be presented at the AACAP Assembly of Regional Organizations Meeting at the AACAP/CACAP Joint Annual Meeting. The Awards were established in 1990 and are administered by the AACAP Executive Committee. They are named after J.D. Salinger’s classic novel, The Catcher in the Rye.
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.
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.
Our Facts for Families, available free of charge on the AACAP website, provide concise and up-to-date information on a wide array of issues relating to children’s mental health. Written in a simple, straightforward manner, these 88 one-page fact sheets are valuable to anyone raising or working with children. In addition, the AACAP routinely refers the media to expert spokespeople on child and adolescent issues, and sponsors The Campaign for America’s Kids – an initiative designed to fund an Advocacy Institute for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, with the goal of mental health for all children.
AACAP Mission: The Mission of the AACAP is the promotion of mentally healthy children, adolescents and families through research, training, advocacy, prevention, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment, peer support and collaboration.