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 in-person annual meeting but due to COVID-19 the 2021 meeting was a limited virtual program 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 healthcare providers who may not otherwise have the opportunity to benefit from the Professors expertise.

JKLEIN2.jpegRecipient: Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH

Dr. Jonathan Klein is the Samuel and Savithri Raj Endowed Professor, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, and Executive Vice Head of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine. He is a pediatrician and a specialist in adolescent medicine and health-services research.  Dr. Klein is recognized for his expertise and scholarship in access and quality of care for adolescents, tobacco control and other preventive services, and for translation of research into clinical and public health practice and policies.
Dr. Klein served on the faculty of the University of Rochester School of Medicine from 1992-2009, with joint appointments in Community and Preventive Medicine, and Family Medicine.  Dr. Klein designed and successfully obtained funding for the AAP Julius B Richmond Center, a virtual center of excellence involving 7 academic institutions and the AAP, dedicated to the elimination of children's exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke. He currently serves as Scientific Director for the Richmond Center.  From 2009-2017 he was Associate Executive Director at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), where he provided oversight for research, tobacco control, publishing, strategic planning and international health initiatives.   He joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2017.
Dr. Klein’s research expertise includes preventive services implementation, survey methodology, health services research with clinicians and with children and youth, and community-based program evaluation. He has led and collaborated on development, testing and dissemination of cancer prevention/tobacco control and secondhand smoke exposure prevention projects to decrease tobacco use and prevent tobacco smoke exposure in children and youth. These studies examine primary care practice and community health intervention trials in large national primary care practice-based research networks.  He also is recognized as an expert in survey methodology, and has led and participated on studies which successfully addressed a range of language, literacy and cultural barriers to measurement and research participation for populations at risk.  His global health work includes significant contributions to child survival, immunization, and non-communicable disease prevention, including review of programmatic and research efforts to improve use of evidence and translate evidence into practice and policy in low and middle income country settings. 


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.

TN_-Headshot.pngRecipient: Titiana Ndjatou
Project Title: Understanding the Relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Depression and High Risk Behaviors in the Adolescent Population

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are defined as potentially traumatic events that occur before the age of eighteen. The three types of ACEs are abuse (physical, emotional, sexual); neglect (physical, emotion) and household dysfunction (mental illness, mother treated violently), divorce, incarcerated relative, and substance abuse). Witnessing or experiencing an event that poses a real or perceived loss, threat, or harm to a person’s physical and/or emotional well being.

The original study on ACEs sampled 17,000 adults with an average age of 57 years old and 75% identified as Caucasion. Eighty percent of the sample population had at least one ACE. Higher ACEs exposure resulted in increased association to worse health and social outcomes. Individulas with four or more ACEs were about twelve times more likely to attempt suicide, ten times more likely to participate in intravenous drug use and about two and a half times more likey to have a sexually transmitted disease. Although there is vast research on ACEs in the adult population, fewer studies examine the relationship between ACEs depression and health risk behaviors in the adolescent population.


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 S_Fine.jpgprofessionals who, through excellence in research, have furthered the Society's goals.

Recipient: Shoshanna L. Fine, MPH
Title: Early Adolescents in Adversity: A latent class approach to understanding patterns of emotional and behavioral problems across low-resource urban settings worldwide



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.

Rowe-head-shot-2018.jpgRecipient: Peter Rowe, MD

Dr. Peter Rowe is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is the inaugural Sunshine Natural Wellbeing Foundation Professor of Chronic Fatigue and Related Disorders and serves as the Director of the Chronic Fatigue Clinic at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

His areas of clinical expertise include chronic fatigue syndrome and other disorders characterized by fatigue and orthostatic intolerance. Dr. Rowe and his colleagues were the first to describe the relationship between chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and treatable orthostatic intolerance syndromes, as well as the association between Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and CFS.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, Dr. Rowe earned his medical degree at McMaster University Medical School in Ontario. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins and performed his fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson General Pediatric Academic Development Program. He was on the staff at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario from 1987-1991 before returning to Johns Hopkins in 1991.

Dr. Rowe’s research focuses on chronic fatigue syndrome. He is interested in the physiologic factors (circulatory dysregulation, allergic disorders, joint laxity, biomechanical strain, and neuroanatomic problems) that contribute to chronic fatigue.

In 2014, Dr. Rowe received the research award from the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (IACFS/ME) for his clinical and scientific work on chronic fatigue syndrome and related disorders. He is a member of the research advisory council for Solve ME/CFS. He is also a member of the American Pediatric Society, the Society for Pediatric Research, the Canadian Pediatric Society, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Rowe offers an example of someone who demonstrates an outstanding record in transforming health professional care for adolescents and young adults and a commitment to training the next generation.


LGBTQIA Adolescent & Young Adult Health Research Award

This is the third 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.

MRuben.jpgRecipient: Mollie Ruben, Ph.D.

Project Title:  LGBTQ Young Adults’ Nonverbal Expressions of Shame as Predictors of Mental and Physical Health During In-Person Interactions vs. Remote Videoconferencing Interactions: A Research Innovation with Clinical Care Implications for Telemedicine.

The purpose of the current proposal is to examine how nonverbal expressions of shame among LGBTQ young adults predict concurrent and prospective mental and physical health during in person interactions and through remote, videoconferencing interactions analogous to telehealth appointments.

AValentine.jpgRecipient: Anna Valentine, MD
Project Title: Multicenter Analysis of Features of Metabolic Syndrome in Transgender Adolescents as Compared to Controls

This secondary database analysis, will utilize the PEDSnet Learning Health System to evaluate cardiometabolic outcomes among transgender adolescents receiving gender-affirming hormone therapy (GAHT) compared to matched cisgender 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.

Catherine Gordon, MD, MSc


Dr. Gordon  is an adolescent medicine specialist and pediatric endocrinologist by training, and is Chief of the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. She is also an attending physician in the Division of Endocrinology, Director of the Boston Children’s DXA Center and Co-Director of the Center for Young Women’s Health. Special interests include menstrual disorders, delayed puberty, primary ovarian insufficiency, eating disorders, and pediatric and adolescent bone health. 

Dr. Gordon's research, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and private foundations, focuses on how nutrition, activity and sex hormones influence bone health during childhood and adolescence. She is a member of the Sub-board on Adolescent Medicine for the American Board of Pediatrics, the Executive Committee (Board of Directors) for the Thrasher Research Fund, the Council for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the American Pediatric Society Council. She is a member of several editorial boards for medical journals and serves as an associate editor for the journal, Bone, and the Journal of Adolescent Health. Lastly, she has a strong interest in mentoring early clinical investigators, and has directed hospital-based programs to help junior faculty launch careers in clinical and translational research.

Dr. Gordon’s outstanding leadership, excellent clinical care, commitment to education and innovation and rigor in research are of the very highest quality. Her leadership, education and research accomplishments are far reaching and clearly benefit clinicians and researchers worldwide. There is no doubt that Dr. Gordon has contributed to the quality of the universities at which she has worked and the global adolescent health community through her sustained, nationally, and internationally recognized health-related accomplishments in adolescent health.


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.

Rcurry.jpgRecipient: Renee Curry

Renee Curry is the Executive Director of The Center for the Empowerment of Families Inc (CEF), a nonprofit organization that provides mentorship and therapeutic arts-based learning focused on themes that address mental health needs, family engagement, and academic goals. CEF methodologies include social emotional learning, emphasis on family systems, and arts & play therapy for families who have endured complex traumas.

CEF was founded in 2006 by Renee’s mother, Dr. Sharon Rabb. With her mom, Renee co-authored evidence-based youth development curricula that have been implemented by LA Unified School District (LAUSD); Children’s Institute International; Kedron Mental Health; LA County Arts and Culture; LA County Parks and Recreation; Homeboys Industries Inc; LA County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Rehabilitation and Corrections Department. In 2010, they developed an evidence-based teen fatherhood program for the juvenile halls in LA.

Renee has more than 20 years of youth-centered public service experience, reaching more than 8,000 youth and families throughout Southern California. She co-facilitated healthy relationship and character education classes for 8 years throughout LA and San Bernardino Counties, and she provided mandatory, culturally relevant, trauma-informed service training to over 2800 LA County Probation supervisors, directors, MFTs and LCSWs, field officers and new recruits, and LA County Office of Education teachers.


Vaughn Rickert Vaccine Research 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.

Judy-Headshot.jpegRecipient: Judy Klein
TitleCOVID-19 Impact on Parent/Young Adult Attitudes and Beliefs toward Vaccines for Adolescents and Young Adults

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