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AACAP Virginia Q. Anthony Outstanding Woman Leader Award Presented to Sandra B. Sexson, MD

Washington, DC, October 11, 2018 - The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is pleased to announce Sandra B. Sexson, MD, as the recipient of AACAP’s 2018 Virginia Q. Anthony Outstanding Woman Leader Award.

AACAP’s Virginia Q. Anthony Outstanding Woman Leader Award was established in 2013. It celebrates the lifetime achievements of extraordinary women in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry and is awarded by AACAP’s president. The award was created to honor the service of AACAP’s retired executive director. As its namesake envisioned, the award is for women who have applied their talent, medical skills, and leadership to dramatically improve the wellbeing of children with mental illness.

Dr. Sexson has served as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) division chief and program director at the Medical College of Georgia since 2004, previously serving in these positions at Emory University. She graduated from The University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1971, completed a pediatrics internship and child development fellowship at Mississippi State University, psychiatry residency training at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and CAP fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, where she was mentored by E. James Anthony, MD. Nationally, she has received the American College of Psychiatrists Bowis Award, the APA’s Vestermark Award, and four of AACAP’s Catchers in the Rye Awards—individual, regional organization, and two AACAP components.

As a leader in psychiatric education, she has published extensively and held national offices at American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT), American Association of Directors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AADCAP), and AACAP. She is a dedicated champion for psychiatric education and for mental health care for children and adolescents and their families with a focus on impact of culture and spirituality issues into training.

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