Each year, SAHM recognizes adolescent health professionals for their commitment to furthering the field and advancing the cause of adolescent health and well-being. In a typical year this recognition would have taken place at the SAHM Annual Meeting but due to the circumstances of COVID-19, the 2020 meeting was cancelled and SAHM was not able to recognize these outstanding individuals in front of their peers. 

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Adele D. Hofmann Visiting Professor in Adolescent Medicine and Health Award

The Adele D. Hofmann Visiting Professor in Adolescent Medicine and Health Award was established to honor Dr. Hofmann’s groundbreaking work in adolescent medicine. The award intends to provide an educational experience in adolescent medicine for a group of health care providers who may not otherwise have the opportunity to benefit from the Professor's expertise.

Tamera-Coyne-Beasley-headshot.jpgRecipient: Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH, FSAHM
Site recipient: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Dr. Coyne-Beasley is an adolescent medicine physician with a distinguished record in academia, public service, and advocacy. For more than 20 years, she worked as a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at UNC Chapel Hill. 

Dr. Coyne-Beasley is currently the Derrol Dawkins, MD Endowed Chair in Adolescent Medicine, Division Director for Adolescent Medicine, Vice Chair of Pediatrics for Community Engagement, and Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama Birmingham and Children’s of Alabama. Her areas of expertise and training include adolescent medicine, preventive medicine, health services research, epidemiology and public health. Her research, academic, community engagement, and policy and program development focus on adolescent health and well-being, sexual and reproductive health, risk behaviors and resiliency, immunizations, global health, and health inequities.

Dr. Coyne-Beasley is a past president of SAHM. 

Career Development Award in Adolescent Health 

The Career Development Award in Adolescent Health is directed towards promoting interest in a career in adolescent health. The historical purpose of this award is to facilitate interest in a career in adolescent medicine/health or to reinforce those who have already made this decision.

AdiZiv.jpgRecipient: Adi Ziv, MD
Project Title: Yoga as a Therapy to Decrease Anxiety and Eating Disordered Cognitions in Adolescent Girls with Eating Disorders

The application of yoga as a therapeutic intervention takes advantage of the psychophysiological benefits of various components of yoga practice: physical postures may increase physical flexibility, coordination, and strength. Breathing techniques and meditation may improve self regulation by developing greater awareness and diminishing anxiety. Adolescence and young adulthood are recognized as high-risk periods for the development of an ED. Anxiety and depression are the most common psychiatric comorbidities associated with EDs. Yoga has been shown to have therapeutic benefits and is useful in stress reduction in a variety of clinical settings.

This study promises to be of high significance and impact, leading to a higher level of understanding of the role of yoga in reducing stress and anxiety associated with EDs. An enhanced understanding of yoga’s effects on the brain and skeleton will afford insight on these issues as therapeutic targets to optimize a yoga intervention in future studies. We hypothesized that this intervention will reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, reduce depression, and have a positive effect on body image and bone health.

As a medical student, Adi, carried out research on the effects of a summer camp weight-loss program for overweight and obese children. As a pediatric resident, Adi designed and carried out a study investigating the effects of overweight and obesity on kidney function 
"Treating EDs and obesity is my passion and developing effective Interventions is my aspiration. I am dedicated to empowering my patients to live a healthier life."

Charles E. Irwin, Jr. New Investigators Award

The major focus of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine is to promote the development, synthesis, and dissemination of scientific and scholarly knowledge unique to the development and health care needs of adolescents. The Society has established the Charles E. Irwin New Investigator Award to recognize professionals who, through excellence in research, have furthered the Society's goals.
Recipient: Steven Quam, BA
Title: Racial and Gender Identity and Violence Involvement: Perspectives from male adolescents in marginalized neighborhoods.



Hilary E.C. Millar Award for Innovative Approaches to Adolescent Health Care 

This award recognizes original and innovative programs that predominantly focus on adolescent health care. This award is presented to any national or international individual, organization, or agency involved in adolescent health care, defined in its broadest sense.

Rebecca.jpegRecipient: Rebecca Hope, YLabs

YLabs is a team of physicians, designers, economists, developers, public health professionals and educators. Ylabs brings a unique mix of human-centered design, adolescent health, economic and health outcome evaluation, and implementation know-how to the global problems facing youth. Ylabs is currently working in Kenya, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Ghana, India, Pakistan, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda and El Salvador. They seek to bring attention to the real challenges facing youth and to support young people to use their power, voice, and skills to make a difference.


Lawrence S. Neinstein Award in Young Adult Health

The Lawrence S. Neinstein Award in Young Adult Health was established in memory of the SAHM Past President Larry Neinstein and his numerous contributions to the health of adolescents and young adults. This award recognizes an individual whose educational scholarship in a health-related discipline has had a significant and positive impact on young adult health.

Katzman-June-2012.JPGRecipient: Debra Katzman, MD, FRCPC, FSAHM

Dr. Debra Katzman is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics and University of Toronto (UofT) and Senior Associate Scientist at the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). In addition, she is a member of the Institute of Medicine at the UofT.

Dr. Katzman co-established the Eating Disorders Program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 1993 and was the Director of the Eating Disorders Program from 1993-2012. She was the Head of the Division of Adolescent Medicine SickKids from 2004-2012. Dr. Katzman is the Director for Health Science Research in Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Katzman is the Past-President of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) and the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED). 

The focus of Dr. Katzman’s research program has been to study and understand the unique physiologic and developmental issues in children and adolescent with eating disorders.  New research priorities include exploration and improvement in the current diagnostic classification of eating disorders in children and adolescents.

Dr. Katzman has published more than 150 articles, abstracts, book chapters, and editorials. Dr. Katzman co-edited a book for parents on eating disorders, “Help for Eating Disorder: A Parent’s Guide to Symptoms, Causes and Treatment.” In addition, she is the senior associate editor for the adolescent medicine textbook, “Adolescent and Young Adult Health Care: A Practical Guide 6th edition.” Dr. Katzman was the recipient of the 2012 McMaster University Alumni Award and the 2013 Academy for Eating Disorders’ Leadership Award for Clinical, Administrative or Educational Service. 

Dr. Katzman is a great role model for the young faculty of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, not only in North America but globally. 

LGBTQIA Adolescent & Young Adult Health Research Award

This is the second annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) Adolescent and Young Adult Health Research Award to support research and program evaluation focused on LGBTQIA adolescents and young adults, ages 13 to 26 years. The goal of this award is to increase the visibility of the needs of this unique, diverse and resilient population.

J-Poquiz.jpgRecipient: Jonathan Poquiz, MD

Project Title: Non-binary Youth: A mixed methods study to examine identity and clinical needs

Non-binary individuals are a growing subpopulation within the transgender community. There is a paucity of research on non-binary individuals and the limited extant studies focus almost exclusively on adult populations. It is important to further our understanding of non-binary youth, particularly given emerging evidence that non-binary adults experience greater health disparities and barriers to care compared to transmasculine and transfeminine (binary trans) populations. Understanding identity development in non-binary youth, particularly non-binary adolescents, is crucial as adolescence represents a critical period for identity development.3 This knowledge may also provide insight into a growing subpopulation of vulnerable youth and inform efforts to address health disparities and barriers to care for non-binary youth. The proposed project is an exploratory study, employing qualitative methodology to examine identity development and identify clinical needs in non-binary adolescents.

Outstanding Achievement in Adolescent Health and Medicine

The Outstanding Achievement Award in Adolescent Medicine was established in 1981 to recognize individuals nationally and internationally for their commitment to improving the health and health care resources for adolescents and young adults.

PPT.JPGRecipient: Pierre-Paul Tellier, MD. FSAHM

Dr. Pierre-Paul Tellier is an associate professor in Family Medicine at McGill University, in Montreal. After working for two years, Dr Tellier went to New York City to do a Fellowship in Adolescent Health at Bellevue Hospital with Adele Hoffman, a pioneer of the discipline in the United States of America.

He is involved in education, at the School of Medicine and School of Nursing at McGill University, faculty development and continuing professional development locally, nationally and internationally. His current research interests include, Family Medicine identity development, medical student empathy and HPV epidemiology. In 2016, he was commissioned to author an article entitled “The impact on mental and physical health of human rights as they relate to gender and minority adolescent and emerging adults” for the International Journal of Human Rights and Health, which was launched at the House of Commons in London, England. He also was the guest editor of a special edition of Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry on gender minority youth.

His longest community involvement has been with Head and Hands an organization offering services to young people between the ages of 14 to 25. As a result, he was awarded the Montreal Centraide Solidaire Citizen Engagement Award, and most recently the Sovereign Medal for Volunteers.

Dr Tellier has been a member of SAHM for over 37 years. He has been a member of the Membership Committee, 1986-1993, a member, 2011-2014, and Chair, 2014-2019, of the Fellowship Credential Review Committee, Chair of the GLBTQ Committee, 2018-, Co-Chair of the GLB Adolescent Special Interest Group, 1995-1997, President of the International Chapter of SAHM, 2008-2011, and first representative of this group on the Board of Directors of SAHM, 2010-2011. He also co-established the World Organization of Family Doctors, WONCA, Adolescent Medicine SIG, and is a charter member of the WONCA GLBT SIG, both established in 2018.

Dr. Tellier is an academic in Family Medicine who has been dedicated to the care of patients and others in different ways for nearly 40 years.


Regional Chapter Recognition Award

This award recognizes a Regional Chapter member for outstanding service to a particular chapter – This chapter this year is the International Chapter.

2-FADIA_ALBUHAIRAN.jpgRecipient: Fadia AlBuhairan, MD, MPH

Dr. Fadia AlBuhairan is a clinician/researcher/educator specialized in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She is a pioneer of Adolescent Medicine in the Arab region and has expertise in the complexity and management of adolescent and youth health issues. She established the first specialty adolescent health service and adolescent health research program in the region. She is also the first to incorporate and teach adolescent health into a medical school curriculum in Saudi Arabia. Dr. AlBuhairan is the lead researcher of the national study ‘Jeeluna’ which addresses the health status and needs of a nationally representative sample of adolescents in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This landmark study, the first of its kind in the region, has generated the evidence base for translation into the necessary health policy, services, and programs to address adolescents’ health needs. Through her combined medical and public health expertise and her work with national and international organizations, she advocates for the need of building capacity in adolescent health and establishing widespread dedicated adolescent health services and resources regionally and globally.

Robert H. DuRant Award for Statistical Rigor and Innovations in Adolescent Health Research

Established in honor of SAHM Past President Robert H. DuRant, PhD, FSAHM, who passed away in late 2009. This award fosters statistical rigor, innovation and excellence in research. 

Recipient: Joel Earlywine
Title: Mandated Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and Changes in Adolescent Injection Drug Use

Vaughn Rickert Vaccine Research Award

Established in honor of SAHM Past President Dr. Vaughn Rickert, clinical psychologist, past President of SAHM and Adolescent ‎Medicine Section Chief at Indiana University, who passed away unexpectedly in June of 2015.  In addition to ‎his skills as a leader, mentor, and collaborator, Vaughn was deeply and enthusiastically committed to ‎improving rates of adolescent vaccination through research and advocacy. To honor his exceptional ‎service to SAHM and his contributions to adolescent health, SAHM and Indiana University have ‎established this award for a period of 10 years, starting with the 2017 SAHM meeting in New Orleans. ‎This award recognizes the top-rated abstract submission focused on vaccination research. 

Zimet-Gregory-01-web.jpgRecipient: Gregory Zimet, PhD, FSAHM
Title: Digitally Targeted Messaging Boosts Adolescent Vaccine Administrations at the Point of Care

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