Awards and Recognition


Society of Biological Psychiatry's 2021 A.E. Bennett Award for Clinical/Translational Research
Alik Widge, MD, PhD, was selected as the recipeient of this prestigious award, which recognizes superb international research in biological psychiatry by young investigators as well as the crucial contributions of those whose efforts have had a very visible and public impact on both the field and the people suffering from mental illness.


Gold Humanism Honor Society Foundation’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award
Lora Wichser, MD, was selected from more than 100 faculty members based on medical students' recognition of her exceptional contributions to their medical education and demonstration of compassionate care.


Parsing Early Emerging Heterogeneity Related to Autism Spectrum Disorder
Principal Investigator Suma Jacob, MD, PhD, will lead several projects under this $2.25M National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Mental Health grant.


Targeting Cognition and Motivation in Coordinated Specialty Care for Early Psychosis
Department Head Sophia Vinogradov, MD, PhD, is Principal Investigator for this $2.4M grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.


Precision Psychiatry: Bringing Brain Science and Measurement-based Care to the Clinic
Department Head Sophia Vinogradov, MD, PhD, leads this $1,173,536.00 grant from the Lynne and Andrew Redleaf Foundation.


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Augment Behavior Therapy for Tics
Primary PI Christine Conelea, PhD, LP, is overseeing this $1,248,895.00 NIH/NIMH grant designed to help young patients with tic disorder.

Clinical Simulation Initiative Grant
Dr. Tolu Odebunmi
, Dr. Rachel Kay, and Dr. Christina Warner, PGY2 residents, were awarded a 2020 American Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry Clinical Simulation Initiative Development Grant. 


Monato Essay Prize winner
Resident Dr. Brooke Resch has been awarded the annual Hermes Monato, Jr. Prize by the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative. The $2,500 prize is given annually for the best rural health paper. Her award-winning essay, “Grandpa Needs Help,” is on page 5.

Federation of Medicine Cannabis Task Force
Lucien Gonzalez, MD,
has been nominated to serve as a state representative on the Federation of Medicine Cannabis Task Force. The task force was created in 2019 to first evaluate and then disseminate relevant scientific evidence about cannabis to health care providers and the public.


Control Network Neuromodulation to Enhance Cognitive Training in Complex Traumatic Brain Injury
Nicholas Davenport, PhD, is the Principal Investigator (PI), and Mo Chen, PhD; and Scott Spondheim, PhD, Co-PIs on this $1.7M Department of Defense grant.


Graduate Medical Education Committee
Dr. Breanna Engleson was elected by her peers to be a member of the University of Minnesota Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC). She was appointed to fill a one-year Trainee Representative GMEC member seat with an annual option to be reappointed through August 2023.


Mechanisms of Ethnic/Racial Differences in Lung Cancer Due to Cigarette Smoking
Dr. Dorothy Hatsukami is the PI on this $1.9M NIH National Cancer Institute.

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