ACAMH Awards 2023 Nominees Long list

It is our pleasure to announce the longlist of nominees for the 2023 ACAMH Awards.

Congratulations to all nominees for making it on 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 standard of this year’s nominations was superb and will be narrowed down to a shortlist by a panel of experts in the field of child and adolescent mental health. The shortlist will be announced in September 2023. The Awards will be presented at a virtual ceremony with date to be confirmed.

Congratulations to all the 2023 nominees.

Educator Award 

David Cottrell ‘Education of CAMH Professionals’

Nomination criteria: Someone who has had a significant impact upon the education or training of child and adolescent mental health professionals. This is open to all disciplines, but education or training must relate to children’s mental health.

  • Dr. Ally Zlatar, University of Glasgow
  • MD Carola Bindt, University Medical Center Hamburg Eppen
  • Mr Dipankar Mitra, People’s Participation
  • Dr. Jennifer Allen, University of Bath
  • Dr. Krystal Lewis, National Institutes of Health
  • Dr. Mark Kennedy, King’s College, London
  • Miss Nadia Zoppos, Royal Holloway University of London
  • Dr. Pallab Majumder, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mrs Paola Falcoski, East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) NHS
  • Mr Venant Mligo, Mental Health Initiative and Youth Innovation Forum

Digital Innovation Awards

Research on Digital Impact

Nomination criteria: 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.

  • Dr. Ahmet Metin, Erciyes University
  • Ms Alice Stephens, King’s College, London
  • Dr. Arjun Athreya, Mayo Clinic
  • Dr. Bonamy Oliver, University College London
  • Dr. Britt Reuter Morthorst, University of Copenhagen
  • Dr. Chung-Ying Lin, National Cheng Kung University
  • Mrs Elizabeth Rosenbaum, E & E English tutoring online
  • Dr. Eyüp Sabır Erbiçer, Hacettepe University
  • Dr. Holly Bear, University of Oxford
  • Mr Leon Y. Xiao, IT University Copenhagen
  • Dr. Rebecca Anthony, Cardiff University
  • Dr. Simona Skripkauskaite, University of Oxford
  • Ms Xinxin Zhu, University of Edinbrugh

Digital Intervention

Nomination criteria: 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.

  • Mrs Alicia Drummond, Wellbeing Hub
  • Dr. Johnny Downs, King’s College, London
  • Dr. Mia Eisenstadt, Fatherli
  • Dr. Nathan Hodson, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust

Trainee Awards 

Postgraduate Research Trainee of the Year

Nomination criteria: Open to any 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.

  • Dr. Lana Grasser, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Mr Leon Y. Xiao, IT University Copenhagen
  • Dr. Luis Farhat, University of Sao Paulo (USP)
  • Dr. Mohamed Adil Shah Khoodoruth, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar
  • Dr. Ritvij Satodiya, Emory University

Research Trainee of the Year

Nomination criteria: 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.

  • Mrs Agnieszka Gidziela, Queen Mary University of London
  • Ms Alice Phillips, University of Bath
  • Ms Amelia Austin, Kings College London
  • Ms Astrid Brænden, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Ms Eibhlin Walsh, University of Limerick
  • Miss Emma Francis, University College London
  • Dr. Emma Soneson, University of Oxford
  • Miss Gabrielle Hale, University of South Wales
  • Dr. Genevieve Morneau-Vaillancourt, Kings College London
  • Ms Katherine Venturo-Conerly, Havard University
  • Mr Leon Y. Xiao, IT University Copenhagen
  • Mr Leonard Frach, University College London
  • Dr. Lin Li, Karolinska Insititute
  • Dr. Lucy Grummitt, University of Sydney
  • Nicole Rosen, UCLA
  • Miss Olamide Akanni, Irin Ajo
  • Dr. Pattie Gonsalves, Sangath
  • Dr. Ritvij Satodiya, Emory University
  • Dr. Samantha Lynch, University of Montreal, Canada
  • Ms Scarlett Smout, University of Sydney
  • Mr Tjeerd Rudmer de Vries, University Medical Center Groningen
  • Dr. Yamiley Christina Cantave, University of Groningen

Clinical Trainee of the Year

Nomination criteria: Open to an individual undertaking their first qualification as a practitioner working with children in relation to mental health from any background (e.g. nursing, social work, occupational therapy, physio) and who demonstrates a clear commitment to evidence based clinical practice.

  • Mr Mohamed Adil Shah Khoodoruth, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Hamad Medical Corporation
  • Mr Semu Ketema Teffera, Partners in Education
  • Dr. Lauren Henry, Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics
  • Dr. Sewanu Awhangansi, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  • Dr. Matteo Catanzano, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ms Jessica O’Logbon, University of Cambridge
  • Miss Emelia Pasternak-Albert, Kings College London

Research Into Practice

Eric Taylor ‘Translational Research Into Practice’

Nomination Criteria: 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 a researcher or clinician who has published translational science (evidence base into practice) with evidence of impact on clinical service provision. This could involve the establishment of new interventions, or improvement of existing ones, with evidence of impact on clinical service provision.

  • Dr. Ally Zlatar, University of Glasgow
  • Ms Chilungamo M’manga, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences
  • Mr Dan Johnson, Kibble
  • Professor Eva Kimonis, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • Dr. Hope Christie, Tooled Up Education
  • Dr. Isha Metzger, Georgia State University
  • Dr. Sheri Madigan,  University of Calgary

Rising Star Award

Kathy Sylva ‘Rising Star’ Award

Nomination criteria: Open to any person who has made a significant scientific contribution to child and adolescent mental health literature, within 10 years of their first peer reviewed journal publication.

  • Dr. Ally Zlatar, University of Glasgow
  • Mr Charles Ganaprakasam, Ministry of Education, Malaysia
  • Dr. Cope Feurer, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Professor Diego Gomez-Baya, Universidad de Huelva
  • Dr. Giorgia Michelini, Queen Mary London
  • Dr. Jessie Baldwin, University College London
  • Dr. Lauren Gardner, University of Sydney
  • Dr. Lydia Speyer, University of Cambridge
  • Dr. Mohamed Khoodoruth, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar
  • Dr. Pablo Vidal-Ribas Belil, Institut de Recerca Sant Joan de Déu – Barcelona
  • Dr. Ritvij Satodiya, Emory University
  • Dr. Severine Lannoy, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dr. Simona Skripkauskaite, University of Oxford
  • Dr. Varun Warrier, University of Cambridge
  • Dr. Victor Pereira-Sanchez, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Global Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the Child Mind Institute, New York, USA
  • Dr. Zoe Smith, Loyola University Chicago

Team Awards

Lionel Hersov Memorial Award

Nomination criteria: A practice team that has demonstrated the use of evidence base (research, audit or service evaluation) into clinical practice. Or a team that has evaluated the outcome or measures either the clinical impact or demonstrated quality improvement (can be efficiencies of time, money or reduced ‘waste’). The nominations will be accepted from researchers, investigators, clinicians, and educationalists.

  • CAMHS Doha: Effective Triage of Referrals in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Adolescent Community Treatment Service (ACTS), CNWL NHS Foundation Trust
  • NSPCC- The Glasgow Infant and Family Team (GIFT)
  • The Alliance Team
  • Child and Family Training (CFT)
  • The Psychological Medicine Department at UCLH
  • The ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders team of Accare
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders Service Team, Great Ormond Street Hospital

NEW FOR 2023 Innovative Research, Training or Practice in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs)

Nomination criteria: Team based in a country classified by the World Bank as LMICs* in the preceding year, and whose work involve research, clinical or educational activities in that country. The work shows innovation in research, training, or practice/service delivery in child and adolescent mental health.

  • Prof MD Atiqul Haque, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University
  • The Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Cambodia
  • Miss Evelyn Betubiiza, Samasource Uganda
  • Enhancing Emotional Wellbeing of Children in Vulnerable Communities in Pakistan
  • Dr. Neelam Raina, Green Oak Initiative 
  • Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Nigeria
  • World Awareness for Children in Trauma (WACIT)
  • Senior Management Team- PRemIum for aDolEscents (PRIDE) India
  • Basic Needs Basic Rights – Kenya
  • Mr Semu Teffera, Partners in Education
  • Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Battambang Provincial Referral Hospital
  • Geniuslane Child Development Centre
  • SPARK Research Team, Addis Ababa University; Aga Khan University; Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI); King’s College London

* Eligible countries; Afghanistan, Angola, Algeria, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Link to World Bank

Other awards to be announced at the virtual ceremony

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Journal Best Paper
  • Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry Journal Best Paper
  • JCPP Advances Best Paper


Wow looking forward to the virtual ceremony.

It a good and impressive initiative to boost up our energy to work towards the cause. we are working as a thankless job for long time. No one acknowledge our initiative. Thank you so much for taking such innovative initiative.

Thank you for the great initiative . We eagerly look forward to unveiling the winners during our virtual ceremony.

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