Chair of Psychiatry Receives American Psychiatric Foundation Award
WASHINGTON (April 3, 2003) – Dr. William B. Lawson, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital, has been selected to receive an American Psychiatric Foundation Award for Advancing Minority Mental Health for 2013.
The award was established in 2003 to recognize mental health professionals and mental health programs that are working to increase public awareness regarding mental health care for minorities as well as for securing more comprehensive mental services for those communities.
The award, which includes a check for $5,000, will be presented during the foundation’s annual meeting at a benefit Saturday, May 18, at the City Club of San Francisco.
Lawson, a leading researcher in mental health and former president of the Washington Psychiatric Society, said he was very pleased to receive the award.
“I have spent my career addressing mental health disparities in the care seen in the African American community,” said Lawson, who holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of New Hampshire. “I have done so academically by attempting to increase awareness of such problems as under diagnosis and misdiagnosis.
“I have been able to get research funding to confirm my observations of substandard care. Finally I had had the opportunity through my practice at Howard University to make real inroads in improving access for people of color to evidence based treatments developed from recent advances in neuroscience.”
Lawson, who is board certified and specializes in addiction psychiatry, has been chair of the department for 11 years. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago. He has been recognized two consecutive years in the Washington Post by his peers as one of the region’s “Super Doctors.”