NEWS | February 13, 2012

UC Davis psychiatrist wins prestigious award


Robert E. Hales, the Joe P. Tupin Endowed Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UC Davis School of Medicine, was recently named the 2012 recipient of the Judd Marmor Award, one of the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) most prestigious awards. The APA is the 36,000-member specialty society for psychiatrists.

Robert Hales © UC Regents
Robert Hales

This honor is given annually to an individual in science, education, literature or history who has made major contributions in advancing the biological, psychological and social model of psychiatry and in increasing the understanding of the complex elements involved in mental health and illness. Hales will present a lecture at the APA Annual Meeting in May.

Hales is being recognized for his extensive and varied educational contributions to the field of psychiatry. A prolific author and editor, he recently published his 50th book. Hales is the co-editor of two of the leading textbooks of psychiatry and neuropsychiatry, both now in their fifth editions, and is the co-founding editor of the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences.

Hales has previously been honored with the Association for Academic Psychiatry's Outstanding Educator Award for his lifetime contributions to psychiatric education and has received the Simanek Distinguished Service Award from the California Hospital Association for lifetime achievement in the area of behavioral mental health services. At UC Davis Health System, he has received the Hibbard E. Williams Extraordinary Service Lifetime Achievement Award and the Dean's Outstanding Mentoring Award.

Hales has served as editor-in-chief of the books division of the American Psychiatric Publishing (APP) since 2001 and has overseen the publication of 430 books. APP is the largest specialty society publisher in the world, with its books having been translated into 24 languages.

The Judd Marmor Award is named for a distinguished professor at the University of Southern California and chair of psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles who, more than 50 years ago, advocated for psychiatry to become a more evidence- and medically-based specialty.

The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. The school offers fully accredited master's degree programs in public health and in informatics, and its combined M.D.-Ph.D. program is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care. Along with being a recognized leader in medical research, the school is committed to serving underserved communities and advancing rural health. For more information, visit UC Davis School of Medicine at