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Samantha Phillips, Communications Manager
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W. Peter Metz, MD, Receives AACAP Assembly Catchers in the Rye Award to an Individual

Washington, DC, October 11, 2018 - The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is pleased to announce W. Peter Metz, MD, as the recipient of AACAP's 2018 Assembly Catchers in the Rye Award to an Individual. 

AACAP’s Catchers in the Rye Awards are our most prestigious awards. They were named after J.D. Salinger’s classic novel and are administered by AACAP’s Assembly. AACAP’s Assembly Catchers in the Rye Award to an Individual was established in 1996 to recognize an individual for his or her outstanding advocacy efforts on behalf of children and adolescents.

Dr. Metz has served on the faculty of University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) since 1983, where he is currently Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. During his tenure at UMMS he served as the child fellowship program director for 17 years. He also directed the UMMS Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for 15 years and led the expansion of the child psychiatrists on the faculty from four to 20. Dr. Metz has remained active in promoting child psychiatric practice within a systems of care (SOC) framework. A member of AACAP’s Community-Based Systems of Care Committee since 2001, he was a core member in the creation of the Early Childhood Service Intensity Instrument (ECSII). He has provided leadership in AACAP efforts to promote increased dissemination of these instruments to promote a more clinically informed SOC approach.

Dr. Metz will be recognized at AACAP's 65th Annual Meeting, October 22-27, 2018, in Seattle, WA.

For more information on this award, please contact Samantha Phillips, Communications Coordinator, at


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