George Winokur Clinical Research Paper Award

 

2016 George Winokur Clinical Research Award

Mark Zimmerman, M.D.

The American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists 2016 George Winokur Research Award has been awarded to Mark Zimmerman, M.D., for research that was published in 2014 in the November issue of Annals of Clinical Psychiatry. Dr. Zimmerman will be presented the award at the AACP Annual Conference in Chicago, March 11, 2016. (for further conference information, go to www.aacp.com.)

Dr. Zimmerman’s research article is titled “A brief, clinically useful, clinician-rated dimensional rating system for psychiatric diagnoses: Reliability and validity in psychiatric outpatients,” Annals of Clinical Psychiatry/Vol. 26 No 4/November 2014.

The focus of Dr. Zimmerman’s research was the integration of research into clinical practice in order to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment, which faces multiple obstacles, one of which is the burden of completing research measures of outcome. A simple, reliable, and valid measure that could be rated at every visit, incorporated into a clinician’s progress note, and reflect the DSM definitions of psychiatric disorders would enhance the ability to evaluate the outcome of psychiatric treatment in the “real world.” Several years ago Dr. Zimmerman’s clinical research group described the development of the Standardized Clinical Outcome Rating for Depression (SCOR-D), a brief clinician-rated, single-item dimensional rating of depression severity that was tied to the DSM definition of a major depressive episode. The goal of that effort was to develop a reliable and valid clinician-rated measure that could be incorporated into routine clinical practice without adding undue burden to the treating clinician. They subsequently developed SCORs for the other common psychiatric disorders, and in a study of over 1,500 psychiatric outpatients found that the SCORs were reliable and valid measures of mood, anxiety, substance use, psychotic, and eating disorders.

Dr. Zimmerman, MD, is the Director of Outpatient Psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital and director of the Rhode Island Methods to Improve Diagnostic Assessment and Services (MIDAS) project. The goal of the MIDAS project has been to integrate research methodology into routine clinical practice in order to examine a number of issues related to diagnostic comorbidity and treatment outcome. Dr. Zimmerman has conducted research in psychiatry for more than a two decades resulting in more than 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Much of Dr. Zimmerman's research has been in the area of assessment and diagnosis. While a research assistant at the University of Iowa, Dr. Zimmerman developed a self-report questionnaire to diagnose DSM-III major depressive disorder, and was one of the authors of the first semi-structured interview to assess the DSM-III personality disorders. Through his academic career he has continued his interest in scale development.

Dr. Zimmerman is also a Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, and Course Director of Weekly Journal Club, Brown University, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. He resides with his family in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

The AACP established its Clinical Research Award in 1979. Original unpublished papers were solicited in Annals of Clinical Psychiatry. In 1992, the format was changed to include all original research papers published in Annals of Clinical Psychiatry.

Winners are selected annually from original research published during the calendar year. The Awards are given at the next Academy conference and include a cash prize, engraved award, complimentary one year membership in AACP plus travel and accommodations to attend the conference. Judging is conducted by the Academy’s Research Award Committee and all decisions are final.

Winokur Research Award Committee Chairperson
Carol S. North, MD
University of Texas, SW Medical Center
5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Mail Code 8828
Dallas, TX 75390-8828
Phone:214-648-5375
e-mail: carol.north@utsouthwestern.edu

Winokur Award Committee
Carol North, MD, Chair
Richard Balon, MD, Wayne State University
James Wilcox, MD, Tucson VAMC
Barbara Rohland, MD, Mayo Clinic

Please contact Beverly Davidson, AACP Executive Director, for further information at ClinicalPsychiatrists@gmail.com.
 

George Winokur Clinical Research Award Winners

Winners

Runners-up

Committee Chair

1979
David Kupfer, MD
Mark Gold, MD Charles L. Rich, MD
1980
Larry E. Tune, MD
James R. Morrison, MD
Robert E. Smith, MD
Louis Hafken, MD
1981
Hagop S. Akiskal, MD
Henry A. Nasrallah, MD Louis Hafken, MD
1982
Sheldon H. Preskorn, MD
Larry Kirstein, MD Louis Hafken, MD
1983
Ming T. Tsuang, MD, PhD
Gary Tollefson, MD, PhD Louis Hafken, MD
1984
Elizabeth B. Weller, MD
Hector C. Fabelli, MD, PhD Louis Hafken, MD
1985
Natraj Sitaram, MD
Matig Mavissakalian, MD Louis Hafken, MD
1986
Dennis S. Charney, MD
Arnold L. Lieber, MD Louis Hafken, MD
1987
Michael Liebowitz, MD
Harry E. Gwirtsman, MD Louis Hafken, MD
1988
Ronald A. Weller, MD
Joyce G. Small, MD Charles L. Rich, MD
1989
Conrad M. Swartz, MD
Timothy D. Brewerton, MD Valerie F. Holmes, MD
1990
Conrad M. Swartz, MD
  Valerie F. Holmes, MD
1991
Douglas Finestone, MD
Ira Glick, MD Valerie F. Holmes, MD
1992
Roy T. Mathew, MD
Stephen C. Olsen, MD Valerie F. Holmes, MD
1993
Elizabeth M. Smith, PhD
  Valerie F. Holmes, MD
1994
Joesph Magliozzi, MD (co-winner)
John Lauer, MD (co-winner)
  Paul M. Packman, MD
1995
Laura Sanchez, MD
  Paul M. Packman, MD
1996
Mary Fristad, PhD
  Paul M. Packman, MD
1997
Danielle S. Schneider, MD
  Donald W. Black, MD
1998
Donald W. Black, MD
  Donald W. Black, MD
1999
Sidney Zisook, MD
  Donald W. Black, MD
2000
Eric Lenze
  Donald W. Black, MD
2001
Liviu Ichim MD
  Donald W. Black, MD
2002
Paul J. Perry PhD
  Donald W. Black, MD
2003
Betty Pfefferbaum, MD
  Donald W. Black, MD
2004
(No Award Presented)
   
2005
Matig Massavikalian, MD
  Carol S. North, MD
2006
Pinhas Nedim Dannon, MD
  Carol S. North, MD
2007 
Keith E. Isenberg, MD 
  Carol S. North, MD
2008 
Ahsan Y. Khan, MD 
  Carol S. North, MD
2009 
George I. Papakostas, MD 
  Carol S. North, MD
2010 
Susan K. Schultz, MD 
   
2011 
Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D
  Carol S. North, MD
2012 
Alina Suris, PhD, ABPP
  Carol S. North, MD
2013 
Donald Black, MD
  Carol S. North, MD
2014 
Boaz Levy, PhD
  Carol S. North, MD
2015 
Alina Suris
  Carol S. North, MD
2016 
Mark Zimmerman
  Carol S. North, MD
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