Donald Klein Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to David J. Kupfer, M.D., recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.


The American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP) presents the Donald Klein Lifetime Achievement Award to a recipient who has made an outstanding contribution to the Clinical Psychopharmacology field.

Dr. Klein is the epitome of clinical psychopharmacology from his earliest days as a psychiatrist with the advent of modern psychopharmacology in the 1960’s.  His clinical acumen and observation led to a clarity on the fundamentals of clinical psychopharmacology in the early 1960’s that the so-called major tranquilizers were not really tranquilizers and didn’t help anxious patients, but rather the patients with a psychotic illness.

He went on to define and provide not only phenomenology but also the pathophysiology and clinical management of the loosely defined anxiety disorders.  His classic paper of 1974 describing endogenomorphic depression has helped develop the major concepts behind the modern understanding of clinical depression.  During the 1980s, Dr. Klein and his group led the clinical psychopharmacology research in defining the nature of clinical trials that still are relevant today.

In short, Dr. Klein brought rational and pragmatic approach to modern clinical psychopharmacology and the concepts behind major mood disorders.  Thus, he provides an excellent model for the trainees and practitioners of psychopharmacological practice.

The award consists of a $1,000 stipend and an opportunity to present at the 2017 ASCP Annual Meeting (formerly NCDEU) May 29 – June 02, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida.  The candidate should be a leader in the field above the age of 70 or have achieved an academic “emeritus” rank.