January 2016
Dr. Mary Ann Cohen is recipient of Eleanor & Thomas P. Hackett Award

Dr Mary Ann CohenDr. Mary Ann Cohen, Chair of WPA Section on HIV/AIDS Psychiatry, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2015 Eleanor & Thomas P. Hackett Award by the Fellowship & Awards Committee of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. Named in honor of the late Thomas & Eleanor Hackett, the Hackett Award is the highest honor bestowed annually by the Academy and is intended to acknowledge an individual exemplifying the following characteristics:


  • An individual whose concern for others, warmth, humor, and commitment to excellence best recalls Tom's vibrant spirit

  • An individual whose gifts as a teacher, particularly at the bedside, are best characterized as ‘inspiring’

  • An individual whose intellectual curiosity has generated innovative research at the interface of psychiatry and medicine – a ‘trailblazer’

  • An individual who has provided leadership across a range of tasks for the field of psychosomatic medicine

Dr. Cohen made AIDS psychiatry what it is today. She took time to develop groups within APM and to write papers and books. She was a real force in networking. She founded the HIV/AIDS Psychiatry SIG that now boasts more than 350 members and is a Section of the WPA. She pursued Bioethics – a natural outgrowth of her AIDS work – with a vengeance. Dr. Cesar Alfonso, former AAPDP President, states that she was the first psychiatrist to chair an ethics committee at a New York City hospital. Dr. Karl Adler, former CEO and Dean of New York Medical College states: “She was just an incredible stimulus, model, and educator during a time when it was very tough.”

Afzal Javed

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