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Award and Honors

Chairman's Awards

The Annual Chairman's Award program honors faculty nominated by their colleagues in our department for their professionalism and exceptional work in one or more of the Department's five mission areas:

  • Advancing Science
  • Clinical Innovation and Service
  • Educational Excellence
  • Community Commitment and Engagement
  • Leadership and Professionalism


In addition, Adjunct/Affiliated Faculty Award recognizes exceptional contributions of an Adjunct, Adjunct Clinical, or Affiliated faculty member. The “Unsung Hero” award recognizes individuals who give tirelessly and selflessly to the members and/or missions ofthe Department. The "Polymath Award" recognizes those who demonstrate outstanding effort across multiple mission areas.

Advancing Science Award

Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Public Mental Health and Population Sciences)
Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Interdisciplinary Brain Science Research)

Clinical Innovation and Service Award

Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology)

Educational Excellence Award

Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development

Community Commitment and Engagement Award

Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Leadership and Professionalism Award

Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award

Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development

Adjunct/Affiliated Faculty Award

Clinical Professor (Affiliated), Psychiatry VA Research Staff, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Unsung Hero Award

Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliated), Psych/Public Mental Health & Population Sciences Staff, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Polymath Award

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology-Adult)

Emerita/Emeritus Award

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emeritus
Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science (Public Mental Health and Population Sciences), Emerita


Professional Honors and Awards

by year

Dolores Gallagher Thompson 
appointed as a member
State of California Health and Human Services Agency’s Alzheimer’s Advisory Committee

Sallie De Golia
Elected president, starting in 2022
American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training

Sergiu Pasca 
2021 recipient of the Judson Daland Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Patient-oriented Clinical Investigation
American Philosophical Society

Kevin Kelley 
2022 Laughlin Fellow
American College of Psychiatrists

Selma Tanovic 
2022 Nyapati Rao and Francis Lu International Medical Graduate Fellow
American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training

Ben Rein
2021 BrainStorm Neuroscience Pitch Competition Grand Prize Winner
Mind Science Foundation 

Sergiu Pasca
2021 Theodore Reich Young Investigator Award
International Society of Psychiatric Genetics

Karl Deisseroth
co-recipient of the 2021 Lasker Basic Medical Research Award
Lasker Foundation

Sergiu Pasca
2022 IBRO-Dargut and Milena Kemali International Prize for Research in the field of Basic and Clinical Neurosciences
International Brain Research Organization

Anish Mitra
2021 Outstanding Resident Award
National Institute of Mental Health

Isheeta Zalpuri
2021 Early Career Development Award
Association for Academic Psychiatry

Nina Vasan
30 Under 40 in Healthcare
Business Insider

Daniel Mason
Gold Medal, Fiction Category
California Book Awards