Larry J. Siever, MD, Recognized by His Peers for Contributions to Personality Disorders Research

Dr. Siever was honored with the Judd Marmor Award Lecture at the American Psychiatric Association meeting in Honolulu.

 – May 17, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

Larry J. Siever, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Vice-Chair of Veterans Affairs at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has been honored by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) with the 2011 Judd Marmor Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made research contributions that significantly further scientific understanding of the biopsychosocial factors involved in mental health and illness. Dr. Siever was honored by giving a lecture at the APA’s annual meeting, taking place May 14-18, 2011 in Honolulu.

In a presentation titled "Personality Disorders: Where Brain Meets Self," Dr. Siever discussed his research on how neurobiological, environmental, and social factors contribute to the development of mental illness. His lecture was held Monday, May 16 at 8:00 AM HST.

The Judd Marmor Award was endowed in 1999 by the late Judd Marmor, MD. It was established to honor a distinguished member of the psychiatry field who has contributed to advancing the biopsychosocial model, which argues that biological, psychological, and social factors all play a critical role in the development and manifestation of disease. APA’s Committee on Research Awards, chaired by Stuart Yudofsky, MD, grants the award to individuals who have made significant contributions to understanding the multiple elements involved in mental health and illness. Previous Marmor lecturers include Nobel laureate Eric Kandel, MD; Solomon Snyder, MD; Lenore Terr, MD; Nancy Andreasen, MD; and Robert Cloninger, MD, all distinguished physician-scientists who value the biopsychosocial model in their research.

"I am honored to be recognized by the APA with this prestigious award," said Dr. Siever. "Dr. Marmor was committed to avoiding reductionist models in psychiatry, a critical viewpoint in understanding what elements contribute to mental illness. My research is based on this foundation, incorporating environmental, genetic, biological, and interpersonal factors into the larger context of mental illness."

Also at the APA meeting, Dr. Siever was recognized by the Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He was honored with the Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Severe Personality Disorders.

As director of the federally funded Mood and Personality Disorders program at Mount Sinai, Dr. Siever investigates severe personality disorders including borderline and schizophrenia spectrum personality disorders. He also serves as Executive Director of Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, and the Chief of the Psychiatry Program at the James J. Peters Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx, New York.

Dr. Siever is an internationally recognized leader in the field of personality disorder research, publishing more than 400 peer-reviewed articles on the topic. Widely recognized in his field, Dr. Siever received the International Society for Study of Personality Disorders award in recognition of distinguished and pioneering contributions to the studies of personality disorders. He is a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and past President of the Society of Biologic Psychiatry, from which he received the A.E. Bennett Award for clinical research.

He earned his BA from Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his MD from Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California. He completed residencies in internal medicine at Mary’s Help Hospital (now Seton Medical Center) in Daly City, California and in psychiatry at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

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