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Research Award

The ABPN Research Award supports research projects related to the mission of the ABPN, which is to promote and assess the competency of psychiatry and neurology candidates for initial and continuing certification (maintenance of certification).

Current ABPN Research Award Recipients

Robert Marvin, MD (2020-21)
Dr. Marvin, Department of Psychiatry, and his collaborators from the Department of Medical Education, Yoon Soo Park, PhD, and Ara Tekian, PhD, are at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. They will work with Robert Lloyd, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Senada Bajmakovic-Kacila, MD, Rush University Medical Center; Marla Hartzen, MD, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital; Ryan Finkenbine, MD, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria; and Art Walaszek, MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Developing Practice-Based Research Networks in Psychiatry Education to Advance the Validity of Assessment Systems for Entrustable Professional Activities

Jamie Starks, MD (2021-22)
Department of Neurology, University of Minnesota Medical School and Minneapolis VA Medical Center
Developing Online Learning Modules for Evaluators Conducting the Clinical Skills Evaluations (CSE) in Neurology and Child Neurology for the ABPN

Roy Strowd, MD, MEd, MS (2021-22)
Department of Neurology, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Using Micro-Learning and Social Media to Assess Competence and Promote Lifelong Learning for Neurologists and Psychiatrists

Lora Wichser, MD (2021-22)
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Minnesota Medical School
Phase 2 of the Development of an Online Training Modul to Prepare Clinical Skills Evaluation (CSE) Examiners in Psychiatry

John Q. Young, MD, PhD (2021-22)
Department of Psychiatry, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Utilizing Learning Analytics and Longitudinal Coaching to Develop Self-Regulated Psychiatrists Ready for Life-long Learning

Deepti Zutshi, MD (2020-21)
Department of Neurology, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Establishment and Implementation of a Web-Based Real-Time Quality Metric Tool to Improve Patient Outcomes and Practitioner Quality Measures


Previous ABPN Research Award Recipients

Michael Jibson, MD, PhD (2017-18)
Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School
Establishment and Maintenance of Validity, Inter-rater Reliability, and Generalizability of the Clinical Skills Evaluation as an Assessment Tool for Residency Training

Douglas Larsen, MD, MEd (2017-18)
Department of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
In Pursuit of Meaning: An Actor Network Theory Analysis of How Resident Evaluations Communicate Competency

Robert Marvin, MD (2018-19)
Dr. Marvin, Department of Psychiatry, and his collaborators from the Department of Medical Education, Yoon Soo Park, PhD, and Ara Tekian, PhD, are at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. They will work with Joseph Cooper, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Robert Lloyd, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Deborah Spitz, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
Evaluating the Validity of Assessment Systems in Psychiatry Residency Programs: A Multisite Collaborative Study

Katharine Nelson, MD (2019-20)
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Minnesota Medical School
The Development of a Self-Directed Online Learning Module as a Training Curriculum for Evaluators Conducting ABPN Clinical Skills Evaluations

John Q. Young, MD, MPP, PhD (2019-20)
Department of Psychiatry, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Competency-Based Assessment of Medication Management: Developing Further Evidence for Validity of the P-SCO

John Q. Young, MD, MPP, PhD (2017-18)
Department of Psychiatry, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Assessing Competence in Medication Management: Using Psychometric Methodologies to Develop a Structured Observation Tool for Pharmacotherapy


Each year, up to two psychiatry and two neurology awards will be made with a maximum amount of funding of $100,000 per award.  This amount is intended to cover salary, fringe benefits, and other costs.  No indirect costs will be covered.  The projects may take up to two years to be completed.

The submission deadline for 2022-2023 awards is August 16, 2021.

Applicants must:

  • hold a faculty appointment in a psychiatry or neurology department (or its equivalent) in a U.S. LCME-accredited medical school
  • comply with the ABPN’s conflict of interest policies and procedures

If the applicant is an MD or DO, they must:

  • be certified by the ABPN
  • participate in the ABPN’s continuing certification (maintenance of certification) program
  • hold an unrestricted license to practice medicine in a state, commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States

Any projects relevant to the mission of the ABPN will be considered for the Research Award, although the ABPN is particularly interested in research in the following areas:

  • Effect of initial or continuing certification on quality of patient care
  • Evaluation of innovative educational programs for effective residency and fellowship training of psychiatrists and neurologists
  • Evaluation of innovative lifelong learning programs to support psychiatrists and neurologists in providing excellent care for their patients
  • Validity and reliability of state-of-the-art testing methods to evaluate candidate and diplomate competencies
  • Value of initial and continuing certification
  • Relationship of certification to training, clinical practice, and lifelong learning
  • Patient and public perceptions of board certification
  • Psychiatry and neurology workforce trends

Research Award Information

For additional information contact Dorthea Juul, PhD.