Donald Klein Lifetime Achievement Award

2019 Donald Klein Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations are now closed.  Notifications will be sent in February 2019.


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 2019 ASCP Annual Meeting (formerly NCDEU) May 27 – 31, 2019 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The award winner must attend the 2019 ASCP Annual Meeting. The candidate should be a leader in the field above the age of 70 or have achieved an academic “emeritus” rank.

Submissions nominating individuals for this award must be sent to the ASCP Executive Office. Nominations must have been submitted by January 14, 2019.

Nominations can be sent by email, fax, or postal mail. if sending by email, please send If sending by fax, the ASCP number is 1-888-417-3311. If sending by postal mail, the submission envelope as well as the material sent must indicate the award for which the submission is made. please mail to the following address:

ASCP Executive Office
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5034A Thoroughbred Lane
Brentwood, TN 37027

 The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced in February, 2019.


Congratulations to Phil Skolnick, Ph.D., recipient of the 2018 Donald Klein Lifetime Achievement Award.