ACAMH Awards 2022 Nominees Shortlist

It is our great pleasure to announce the shortlist of nominees for the 2022 ACAMH Awards. The standard of nominations has been extremely high and we congratulate all nominees for being shortlisted, and those who made the longlist. To be nominated for an ACAMH Award is a prestigious recognition of those who are at the forefront of the advancement of child and adolescent mental health research and practice.

The longlist was narrowed down by a panel of experts in the field of child and adolescent mental health. The Awards will be presented at a virtual ceremony on Friday 4 November 2022.

Congratulations to all of the 2022 shortlist nominees.

David Cottrell ‘Education of CAMH Professionals’ Award

For an educator who has had a significant impact upon the education or training of child and adolescent mental health professionals, about topics related to child and adolescent mental health. This is open to all disciplines, but training/education must relate to children’s mental health. Congratulations to the following nominees:

  • Sarah Johnson, Education Consultant at Phoenix Education Consultancy
  • Lina Gega, Professor of Mental Health at the University of York
  • Asha Gowda, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist of Solent NHS Trust
  • Nick Midgley, Professor of Psychological Therapies with Children and Young People at University College London
  • Paul Oliver Wilkinson, Clinical Dean. Professor and Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Cambridge

Digital Innovation Award for Best Digital Intervention

For a clinician who has put evidence base into practice within the information/data/IT/digital fields of child and adolescent mental health. This could be the use of information or technologies in the delivery of care or service design etc. Congratulations to the following nominees:

  • Stephanie Ameis, Associate Director at Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depressions
  • Neha Bhattacharyya, PhD Student at S.N. Bose National Center for Basic Sciences
  • Zachary Cohen, Post-doctoral Fellow at University of California, Los Angeles
  • Nathaan Demers, VP of Clinical Programs at Grit Digital Health
  • Paramala Santosh, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Professor in Developmental Neuropsychiatry and Psychopharmacology at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • Emma Taylor, Clinical Lead at Embers the Dragon

Digital Innovation Award for Best Research on Digital Impact

For a researcher who has published the best paper on an information/data/IT/digital topic relating to child and adolescent mental health, which can include online assessment innovations. Congratulations to the following nominees:

  • Rhys Bevan Jones, Senior Clinical Research Fellow at Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Cardiff University
  • Amy Christiana Orben, Group Leader, Digital Mental Health Group at MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge
  • Bonamy Oliver, Associate Professor at University College London
  • Gabriela Pavarini, NDPH Intermediate Fellow at University of Oxford
  • Lizzy Winstone, Senior Research Associate at University of Bristol

Eric Taylor ‘Translational Research into Practice’ Award

For 1) an individual with a sustained contribution to translating research into practice over a number of years, whose work involves both research, and either clinical or educational involvement in practice and/or 2) a researcher or clinician who has published translational science (evidence base into practice) with evidence of impact on clinical service provision. Congratulations to the following nominees:

  • David Brent, Professor of Psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh
  • Matthew Hodes, Honorary Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Imperial College London and CNWL NHS Trust
  • Silvia Schneider, Professor of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
  • Fred Ssewamala, William E. Gordon Distinguished Professor at Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Barbara van den Hoofdakker, Professor/Clinical Psychologist at Accare/University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Kathy Sylva ‘Rising Star’ Award

For best scientific contribution to child and adolescent mental health by a person within 10 years of their first published paper in a peer-reviewed journal. Congratulations to the following nominees:

  • Rosanna Breaux, Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech
  • Julian Koenig, Professor of Biological Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospital Cologne
  • Heather Prime, Assistant Professor at York University
  • Lucy Riglin, Lecturer at Cardiff University
  • Mark Wade, Assistant Professor at University of Toronto

Lionel Hersov Memorial Award

For a practice team that has 1) demonstrated the use of evidence base (research, audit or service evaluation) into clinical practice or 2) a team that has evaluated the outcome or measures of either the clinical impact or demonstrated quality improvement (can be efficiencies of time, money or reduced ‘waste’). Congratulations to the following nominees:

  • Aala El Khani, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • Fiona Malpass, and the Voice Collective
  • Sinéad McGilloway, and The PRIMERA Research Team
  • Gill Sutherland, and the Children’s Health and Wellbeing Team
  • Erlanger Turner, and the Race and Cultural Experiences (RACE) Research Lab

Research Trainee of the Year

For a trainee or student who is less than two years post PhD who has shown initiative or made a significant contribution to child and adolescent mental health. Congratulations to the following nominees:

  • Yasmin Ahmadzadeh, Research Associate (postdoc) at King’s College London
  • Andrea Allegrini, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College London
  • Holly Bear, Postdoctoral Researcher at Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
  • Victor Pereira-Sanchez, CAP Psychiatrist. MD, PhD at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Alice Wickersham, Research Fellow at King’s College London

Undergraduate Clinical Trainee of the Year

For an individual undertaking their first qualification as a practitioner working with children in relation to mental health. Individuals can be from any background (e.g. nursing, social work, occupational therapy, physio) and should demonstrates a clear commitment to evidence-based clinical practice. Congratulations to the following nominees:

  • Pooja Chaudhary, Junior Resident at All India Institute of Medical Sciences Bhopal
  • Marc Ferger, 4th Year Medical Student at University of Cologne
  • Charlotte Howdle, Third year medical student at University of Cambridge
  • Emily Jones, Medical Student at University of Exeter
  • Emma Larkin, Research Associate at Virginia Tech, Child Study Centre
  • Jessica O’Logbon, KCL Medical student and MPhil Candidate at Cambridge at University of Cambridge

Postgraduate Clinical Trainee of the Year

For an individual undertaking postgraduate training as a practitioner working with children in relation to mental health from any background (e.g. clinical psychology, educational psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry). This could include teaching- for example an individual undertaking an MEd who is able to demonstrate a clear commitment to evidence-based clinical practice. Congratulations to the following nominees:

  • Alexandra Marinucci, Psychologist & PhD Candidate at Monash University
  • Alex Lau-Zhu, Trainee Clinical Psychologist at University of Oxford
  • Victor Pereira-Sanchez, CAP Psychiatrist. MD, PhD at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Marc Bennett, Trainee clinical Psychologist at UCD Dublin
  • Stephanie Lewis, Clinical Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at King’s College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Other awards announced at the virtual ceremony include: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Journal Best Paper, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry Journal Best Paper, and JCPP Advances Best Paper.

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