June 27, 2006

Contact: Luke Frank, Senior Public Affairs Representative, 272-3679

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE , NM Steven Adelsheim, M.D., recently was honored with separate awards from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) for his progressive and effective work in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Adelsheim, a UNM professor of psychiatry working closely with the Family and Community Medicine and Pediatrics departments at the Health Sciences Center , specializes in New Mexico 's community psychiatry partnerships, among other duties.

The APA presented Adelsheim with the Agnes Purcell McGavin Award for Prevention for a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has made significant contributions to the prevention of mental disorders in children. He was selected by the AACAP for its Irving Phillips Award for Prevention, which recognizes significant contributions to the field of prevention of mental illnesses in children and adolescents.

Adelsheim credits the awards to his work in suicide prevention, school mental health program development and anti-stigma work around childhood mental illness. As an AACAP Phillips Award recipient, he selected the New Mexico Suicide Prevention Coalition for a $2,000 donation.

"Effective prevention and early intervention programs are critical supports for ensuring New Mexico's young people have the opportunity to become healthy, resilient and successful adults," according to Adelsheim.

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