MENU
Back to Top

IPA Distinguished Service Awards

Every two years during each IPA Congress, IPA recognizes those who have provided extraordinary service and contributions to geriatric mental health in three distinct categories: the field of psychogeriatrics, congress host country (this year – The Netherlands), and the IPA organization. For IPA, there is no greater honor. For this reason, the IPA Board of Directors submits the nominations and makes the selection, with one exception – service to host country. For this award, the IPA Board of Directors generally solicits nominations from key figures within the congress host country. The congress host country award represents IPA’s ongoing commitment to the development of psychogeriatrics around the world. This award is viewed as yet another opportunity to recognize and enhance care in a particular country or region.

Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics

With this Award, IPA recognizes colleagues who have provided extraordinary service to the field of Psychogeriatrics. Recipients have demonstrated inspiration, leadership, vision, ethics, innovation, organizational development and motivation in areas of Psychogeriatrics which include service delivery, advocacy/public policy, training, multidisciplinary care, community care, research, scholarly activities, writing, etc.

Service to Congress Host Country

With this Award, IPA recognizes people who have provided extraordinary service in the area of psychogeriatrics to the Congress host country. Recipients have demonstrated inspiration, leadership, vision, ethics, innovation, organizational development and motivation in areas of Psychogeriatrics which include service delivery, advocacy/public policy, training, multidisciplinary care, community care, research, scholarly activities, writing, etc.

Service to the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA)

IPA appreciates and recognizes those exemplary professionals who have devoted their leadership and catalyzing efforts to the service of IPA. The Service to IPA Award is presented to colleagues who have been, or are currently, extremely important to the growth and development of the IPA organization. These are leaders whose contributions go above and beyond in their creative energy to guide the path of the organization in a variety of ways.

2016 Recipients

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics

Charles Reynolds, III (United States)
Charles F. Reynolds III, M.D. is the UPMC Endowed Professor in Geriatric Psychiatry, Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the Pitt Graduate School of Public Health, Director of the Aging Institute of the UPMC and University of Pittsburgh, the NIMH-sponsored Center of Excellence in the Prevention and Treatment of Late Life Mood Disorders, and the John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr. Reynolds is internationally renowned in the field of geriatric psychiatry. His primary research interests focus on mood, grief, and sleep disorders of later life, with a particular focus on mental health services in primary care, improving treatment strategies, depression prevention, and promotion of brain health in older adults.  He has served the Corbett administration as a member of the Pennsylvania Long-term Care Commission and the Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Disease State Planning Committee.  He also served on Governor Wolfe’s transition team for Aging.

Myrra Vernooij-Dassen (The Netherlands)
Prof. Myrra Vernooij-Dassen (PhD) is principal investigator in the Nijmegen Centre for Evidence Based Practice and director of Nijmegen Alzheimer Centre. She has a chair on psychosocial aspects of care for frail elderly people. She is affiliated to the scientific Institute of Quality of healthcare and the department of nursing home medicine of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre and to the Kalorama foundation She is trained in sociology and research methodology and has performed a large body of research on quality of care, especially on dementia care and palliative care and on care transitions. She has a special interest in psychosocial interventions. She is involved in several European Union funded projects. She is chair of Interdem, a pan-European research group on detection and timely INTERvention in DEMentia and is honorary visiting professor of the School of Health of Bradford University.

Distinguished Service to the Congress Host Country

Lon Schneider (United States)
Expert on Alzheimer’s disease and treatment, depression in late-life and drug development. Professor of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences and neurology, Keck School of Medicine of USC. Professor of gerontology, USC Davis School of Gerontology; Director, USC California Alzheimer's Disease Center; Clinical Core Director, USC NIH Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

Mary Mittelman (United States)
Mary S. Mittelman is research professor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. She is an epidemiologist who has been developing and evaluating psychosocial interventions for people with cognitive impairment and their family members for more than two decades. For more than 20
years she was principal investigator of the NIH-funded study of the NYU Caregiver Intervention (NYUCI), the results of which have been published widely. The NYUCI has won many awards, including the first global award for Alzheimer’s psychosocial research from Alzheimer’s Disease
International/Foundation Mederic Alzheimer. She and her colleagues are developing online training for social service professionals as well as a telehealth version of the NYUCI. In the past decade, Dr. Mittelman has also been evaluating and developing interventions that include the person with dementia
together with the caregiver, and is the founder of a chorus for people with dementia with their family members.

Distinguished Service to IPA

Nicola Lautenschlager (Australia)
Nicola Lautenschlager is an academic old age psychiatrist who received her undergraduate and postgraduate training at the Technical University in Munich, Germany. From 10/00 to 06/08 NL worked at the University of Western Australia in Perth where her last position was Professor in Old Age Psychiatry and Deputy Head of School. In 06/08 she took up the position of University of Melbourne Professor of Old Age Psychiatry. NL is the Director of Research for the North Western Mental Health, Aged Persons Mental Health Program at Melbourne Health. Her current research focus is diagnosis of cognitive impairment and intervention trials for older adults to improve mental health outcomes. 

2015 Recipients

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics

Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Israel/United States
Jiska Cohen-Mansfield has been an innovator, leader and inspiration to many disciplines working with people with dementia, especially those in residential care. She re-conceptualized the professions’ understanding and management of behavioral changes in dementia with science and compassion. Her scale for measuring agitation has been seminal and continues to be widely used. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield is globally esteemed and works concurrently in three countries – Israel, United States and Canada.

Knut Engedal, Norway
A professor of Geriatric Psychiatry, at the University of Oslo and in 1997, Knut Engedal was appointed director for research at the Norwegian Centre for Aging and Health. He has published 230 scientific papers on dementia, depression and organization of geriatric psychiatry, and has been the editor and author of several textbooks and reports on dementia and other psychogeriatric topics. Professor Engedal has also been a leader for the Psychogeriatric field in the Nordic countries, serving as president of the NorAge (Nordic Association of Aging). For the past three decades, he has organized ongoing courses and educational programs on Dementia for specialists, GPs and nurses. His awards are numerous and include: H. M. King Olav V gold medal (UiO); “Provision of health care for the elderly” (1984); CIVITANs award for research in Alzheimer’s disease (2004); The Sohlberg’s Major Nordic prize in Gerontology (2006); and the Swedish Match Major Prize for dementia research (2007).

Distinguished Service to the Congress Host Country

Siegfried Kanowski, Germany
Reaffirming his significant contributions to the field and within his own country of Germany, this is the second time Siegfried Kanowski has been honored with the IPA Distinguished Service Award (see 2007). Appointed in 1972, Prof Kanowski was appointed professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Free University, Berlin, and established one of the earliest units for geriatric psychiatry in Germany, and in the same year, was a founder of the European Association of Geriatric Psychiatry (EAGP). Having achieved an international reputation, he was on the ministry of health’s advisory committee on mental health, and was involved in the government’s plans to replace mental hospitals with units in district general hospitals and community care, especially for the elderly. After his retirement he has focused mainly on ethical questions in the context of dementia care.

Distinguished Service to IPA

Fern Finkel, United States
With a warm and engaging style, Fern Finkel has been a friend to many in IPA as she efficiently carried out her duties as IPA Executive Director, 1983-2005. Fern was one half of the Finkels that helped to create IPA. For many years, Fern operated the IPA Secretariat in her home, performed untold voluntary hours of work, and loved and nurtured IPA and its members. IPA has been fortunate to have such a committed staff leader and longtime friend as Fern.

John O’Brien, United Kingdom
At the earliest opportunity, John O’Brien became involved in the leadership of IPA serving as deputy editor of the IPA Bulletin, as deputy editor of International Psychogeriatrics (2002 to present) and by serving two terms on the IPA Board of Directors (2003-2011). Professor O’Brien’s participation and leadership also extends to IPA educational programs where he has organized symposiums and served on numerous scientific and organizing committees for both regional meetings and international congresses. He also initiated and for the well-received IPA imaging workshops which have been presented regularly since 2007.

Susan M. Oster, CAE, United States
From 2005-2015, Susan Oster has been IPA Executive Director and a friendly ambassador of IPA to members and others in the field. Hardworking and extremely committed, Susan has been instrumental in enhancing IPA’s infrastructure whether instituting a new membership database, initiating a member/non-member needs assessment or improving organizational and financial systems. Under her leadership, IPA has increased financial controls, implemented a new strategic plan and business model, enhanced its external image and focused more on building a professional community and strategic relationships – for example, the number of IPA Affiliates has more than doubled. IPA is indebted to her for her leadership and commitment to the Association and its mission during an extremely challenging decade.

2013 Recipients

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics

Nori Graham, United Kingdom

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics in the Congress Host Country

Dong-Il Kwak, Korea
Byung Hoon Oh, Korea
Jung Ho Lee, Korea

Distinguished Service to IPA

Masatoshi Takeda, Japan

2011 Recipients

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics

Martin Prince, United Kingdom

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics in the Congress Host Country

Marlies Veldhuijzen van Zanten-Hyllner, The Netherlands
Thea Heeren, The Netherlands

Distinguished Service to IPA

Helen Fung-kum Chiu, Hong Kong, Peoples Republic of China

2009 Recipients

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics

Henry Brodaty, Australia

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics in the Congress Host Country

David Conn, Canada
J. Kenneth Le Clair, Canada
Nathan Herrmann, Canada

Distinguished Service to IPA

David Ames, Australia
Joel Sadavoy, Canada

2007 Recipients

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics

Siegfried Kanowski, Germany

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics in the Congress Host Country

Kazuo Hasegawa, Japan
Shunsaku Hirai, Japan
Masaaki Matsushita, Japan
Tsuyoshi Nishimura, Japan

Distinguished Service to IPA

Jacobo Mintzer, United States

2005 Recipients

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics

Lars Gustafson, Sweden
Dilip Jeste, United States
Bengt Winblad, Sweden

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics in the Congress Host Country

Her Majesty, Queen Silvia, Sweden
Astrid Norberg, Sweden

Distinguished Service to IPA

Alistair Burns, United Kingdom

2003 Recipients

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics

Ewald “Bud” Busse, United States
David Jolley, England, United Kingdom.

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics in the Congress Host Country

Gene Cohen, United States
Barry Lebowitz, United States.

Distinguished Service to IPA

Edmond Chiu, Australia

2001 Recipients

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics

Carl Eisdorfer, United States
Raymond Levy, England

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics in the Congress Host Country

Jean-Marie Leger, Limoges, France

Distinguished Service to IPA

Barry Reisberg, United States

1999 Recipients

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics

Tom Arie, United Kingdom
Kazuo Hasegawa, Japan
Jean Wertheimer, Switzerland

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics in the Congress Host Country

Joel Sadavoy, Canada
Ken Shulman, Canada

Distinguished Service to IPA

Sanford Finkel, United States

1995 Recipients

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics

Herbert Bower, Australia
Lissy Jarvik, United States
Felix Post, United Kingdom
Sir Martin Roth, United Kingdom

1993 Recipients

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics

Manfred Bergener, Germany
Gösta Bucht, Sweden
Kazuo Hasegawa, Japan

1989 Recipients

Distinguished Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics

Manfred Bergener, Germany
Sanford I. Finkel, United States
Zior Kaneko, Japan
Naotake Shinfuku, Japan

Acknowledgments

VCambridge University Press