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Peter Henderson MD Memorial Award

Submission Deadline: September 09


NOTE: 2021 winners were recognized at the 2021 virtual Spring Conference and will be invited to attend the 2022 Annual Meeting.

The late Peter Henderson, MD served as an active member on numerous AADPRT committees and was the first child and adolescent psychiatrist to serve as President of AADPRT (1983-1984). Dr. Henderson was specifically interested in nurturing and developing an effective link between child psychiatry and general psychiatry. Thanks to initiatives developed by Dr. Henderson, the vast majority of child and adolescent psychiatry programs are now represented in AADPRT, enhancing and expanding the areas of interest within graduate psychiatric education. 


It was AADPRT’s objective to develop a program memorializing Dr. Henderson’s commitment to the organization and to psychiatry. We honor the history of our organization and the input of its early contributors with a memorial that sustains the educational work Dr. Henderson valued. 

Qualifications and Award

This award is given for the best published or unpublished work in the area of child and adolescent psychiatry. While all types of papers are eligible, manuscripts focusing on issues related to psychiatric educational content or processes are strongly encouraged. The winner will receive a $500 honorarium as well as have expenses covered for the award recipient to attend AADPRT’s Annual Meeting.

The award is open to current general psychiatry residents, child and adolescent psychiatry residents, and individuals who have graduated from general or child and adolescent psychiatry training programs within the last two years.

The Henderson Award may only be received once. All Henderson award recipients are disqualified from consideration for this award in subsequent years. Individuals whose submissions do not receive the award are encouraged to re-apply with a different submission in subsequent years.

Program directors and institutions of residents submitting nominations must be members in good standing with AADPRT (i.e., current institution and individual membership dues must be paid).

Paper criteria (view sample submission form)

  • Manuscripts related to psychiatric education are especially encouraged. The manuscript may be theoretical, data-based, or descriptive. Acceptable formats include: description of an educational initiative (e.g. didactic or clinical curriculum or program), research study, literature review, or a case report. Regardless of type of paper, the review committee places highest priority on the resident's role in the conceptualization and execution of the paper. The resident must have contributed significantly and substantially to the paper; if the paper is co-authored, the resident submitting the paper must be the first author. 
  • The paper must:
    • have been written while the candidate was a general or a child and adolescent psychiatry resident.
    • have been reviewed by the program director.
    • be a scholarly paper contributing to the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.
    • be of publishable length (i.e., not to exceed 40 pages, excluding bibliography).
  • The manuscript may be theoretical, data-based, a review of the literature, or a case study. Manuscripts related to psychiatric education are especially encouraged. Regardless of type of paper, the review committee places highest priority on the resident’s role in the conceptualization and execution of the paper.
  • The submission is expected to adhere to a standardized pre-publication format (e.g. JAACAP, AJP, JAMA). That is, an abstract will precede the remainder of the manuscript. In turn, the ensuing components of the paper, whether of a research or discursive nature, will be divided into subject headings that include some or all of the following: introduction, objective, method, results, discussion, and conclusion.

Please be prepared to upload all necessary documents.

A confirmation email will be sent TO THE SUBMITTER ONLY (training director) when the complete electronic submission is received. If the training director does not receive a confirmation within two business days, send an email to

All requests for confirmation must be received before the deadline. Materials will not be accepted or considered after the deadline.

Submission Deadline: September 09

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