Resident Awards

Dr. Harold Jordan Diversity and Inclusion Award - 2023:

Presented to a resident physician (general psychiatry and subspecialty fellowships) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences who contributes significantly to the department's diversity and inclusion goals.

Eric Zabriskie, M.D.

Previous Winners:

2022: Barrington Hwang, M.D.
2021: Patrick McGuire, M.D.
2020: Walter Wilson, M.D.
2019:  Reema Dedania, M.D.

Marc H. Hollender, M.D. Award - 2023:

Presented to the graduating resident considered to be the most outstanding Psychiatrist

Tasia York, M.D.

Previous Winners:

2022: India Reddy, M.D., Ph.D. 2015: Abhinav Saxena, M.D.
2021: Elise Scott, M.D. 2014: Ira Phillips III, M.D.
2020: Benjamin Frock, M.D. 2013: Jonathan Becker, D.O, M.S.
2019: Brittany Meyer, M.D. 2012: Nicole Yates, M.D.
2018: David Conklin, M.D. 2011: Michael Ferri, M.D.
2017: Jonathan Smith, M.D. 2010: Sachin Patel, M.D., Ph.D.
2016: Maja Skikic, M.D.  

Research Award - 2021:

Recognizes outstanding research conducted by a Resident or Fellow

Katherin Sudol, M.D.

Previous Winners:

2021: Seth Christman, M.D. 2016: Ayman Saleh, M.D.
2019: Reema Dedania, M.D., M.P.H. 2015: Meghan Riddle, M.D.
2018: Shakevia Johnson, M.D., M.S. 2014: Brittany Peters, M.D.
2017: Margarita Abi Zeid Daou, M.D. 2013: Jo Ellen Wilson, M.D.

American Psychiatric Association Resident Recognition Award - 2021: 

Awarded to residents who demonstrated compassion, leadership, community service, political action, and clinical excellence

Lee Dockery, M.D.

Previous Winners:

2021: Stephanie Fall, M.D. 2017: Jose Arriola Vigo, M.D., M.P.H.
2019: Kathryn Shemwell, M.D. 2016: Thomas Jordan, M.D., M.P.H.
2018: Nona Lu, M.D. 2015: Meghan Riddle, M.D.

UTHealth Outstanding Dissertation Award - 2020 

Awarded to two graduates from UTHealth for their outstanding PhD Dissertation Research.

Ryan Cassidy, M.D., Ph.D.

Association for Academic Psychiatry Fellowship Award - 2020

Awarded to residents who demonstrate particular promise as educators and scholars.

Elise Scott, M.D.

Previous Winners:

2015: Maja Skikic, M.D.

​The Laughlin Fellowship Program Award - 2020

Awarded to residents deemed likely to make a significant contribution to the field of psychiatry.

Elise Scott, M.D.

NIMH Outstanding Resident Award Program - 2020

The NIMH Outstanding Resident Award Program (ORAP) was introduced to the psychiatry residency training community in 1988 to recognize residents with outstanding research and academic potential who are currently at the PGY-II level. Now in its 29th year, ORAP, which is sponsored by the NIMH Intramural Research Program (IRP), requests that residency program directors nominate ONE Resident from their program for consideration.

India Reddy

India Reddy, M.D., Ph.D.

Previous Winners:

Shakevia Johnson, M.D., M.S.

Luis Rosas-Vidal, M.D., Ph.D.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Systems of Care Special Program Award - 2019

Charles Whitmore MD
Charles Whitmore M.D.


Other awards received by Dr. Whitmore:

Resident Psychiatric Educator Award, Association for Academic Psychiatry Fellowship Award - 2018

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Education Outreach Program – 2018

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Resident Travel Scholarship - 2018

Awarded to residents interested in the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders to attend the annual American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry meeting.

Benjamin Weger, M.D.                    


Previous Winners:


Nona Lu, M.D.

Madison Johnson, M.D.


Shakevia Johnson, M.D., M.S.

Ramzi Mardam Bey, M.D., M.Sc.

AADPRT George Ginsberg Fellowship Award - 2018

Awarded to 5 psychiatry residents/fellows nationally for excellence in education and teaching who are pursuing careers as clinician-educators and/or academic administrators.  Awardees attend the AADPRT annual meeting and are provided with opportunities to continue to develop their interest in training and education.


David Conklin, M.D.


Previous Winners:

2016: Maja Skikic, M.D.

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry Honors Scholar Program - 2018

Awarded to residents interested in pursuing a career in geriatric psychiatry.  Residents will attend the Annual Association for Geriatric Psychiatry meeting, have the opportunity to receive mentorship throughout the year by experts in the field, and complete a scholarly project.


Eveleigh Wagner, M.D.

Previous Winners (Geriatric Mental Health Foundation Honors Scholar Program):

2016: Anne Dunbar Johnson, M.D.

American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology Clinical Workshop Fellowship - 2018

Awarded based on superior academic performance and potential for development as an investigator in clinical psychopharmacology.


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Manesh Gopaldas, M.D. Elise Stephenson, M.D.
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Luis Rosas-Vidal, M.D., Ph.D. Anna Jackson, M.D.


Previous Winners:


Ramzi Mardam Bey, M.D., M.Sc.

Jose Arriola Vigo, M.D.


Margarita Abi Zeid Daou, M.D.

Shakevia Johnson, M.D., M.S.

Ayman Saleh, M.D.



  • Awarded to 15 fellows, residents, and medical students across the country who exhibit leadership potential in psychosomatic medicine. Recipients will attend the annual meeting and present a selected abstract.

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    Reema Dedania, M.D., M.P.H.

    Anna Jackson, M.D.

    Previous Winners:


    Jose Arriola Vigo, M.D., M.P.H.

    Laura Poellet, M.D., J.D.

    Jonathan Smith, M.D.

  • Awarded to 10 residents nationally who exhibit a strong interest in working with underserved populations.  Fellowship recipients will serve a 2-year term, attend workshops/meetings at the Institute of Psychiatric Services, and have an opportunity to serve within APA Leadership. 

    Jessica Merritt, M.D.
  • Awarded to residents interested in ADHD research to attend the annual meeting and obtain mentorship from leaders in the field.


    Nataly Sumarriva, M.D.

  • Awarded to MPH candidates from underrepresented backgrounds. This program provides the opportunity for these students to participate in research at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. Scholars serve as student representatives on the Vanderbilt MPH Programs Diversity Committee. 

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    Jose Arriola Vigo, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Awarded to general psychiatry residents interested in child and adolescent psychiatry to allow them to receive a formal overview to the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, establish child and adolescent psychiatrists as mentors and experience the AACAP Annual Meeting.


    Nataly Sumarriva, M.D.

  • The 4-week medical resident rotation at the ABC News Medical Unit in NYC provides a unique opportunity for current residents to gain exposure to and acquire basic competencies in medical journalism.  The Medical Unit at ABC News vets and provides medical content across platforms, including Good Morning America, World News with Diane Sawyer, Nightline, local affiliates, radio, and

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    Margarita Abi Zeid Daou, M.D. Jamie Sorenson, M.D.
  • Awarded to promising junior investigators in the field of biological psychiatry


    Max Schiff, M.D., Ph.D.

  • One of  three Housestaff per year selected based on honorable conduct, morality, virtue, unselfishness, ethical ideals, dedication to serving others, and leadership.

    Maja Skikic, M.D.