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Na’Tasha Jones
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Howard Professor Receives 2014 Solomon Carter Fuller Award
Renowned Psychiatrist Dr. William Lawson wins the prestigious award
William Lawson, M.D., Ph.D.

WASHINGTON (January 10, 2014) – Alumnus William Lawson, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Howard University College of Medicine, was recently named the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Solomon Carter Fuller Award by the American Psychiatric Foundation (APA).

The Solomon Carter Fuller Award for African-American Pioneers is given to a leader whose work has benefited the quality of life for Black people. In the award letter, Dr. Saul Levin, APA chief executive officer and medical director of the lauded Dr. Lawson for his extraordinary contributions.
“We feel strongly that your demonstrated leadership and your exceptional achievements make you an outstanding recipient of this award,” Levin said.

Dr. Lawson will receive his award at the APA’s Institute on Psychiatric Services (IPS) meeting, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2014, in San Francisco. He will also deliver the keynote lecture. 

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by your colleagues,” Lawson said. “I am grateful and humbled by the recognition.”

Dr. Lawson currently serves as president of the D.C. chapter of Mental Health America is a member of the American College of Psychiatrists. He has also served as former president of the Washington Psychiatric Society, former chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the National Medical Association, past president of the Black Psychiatrists of America and was a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

He has received several awards, including a Multicultural Workplace Award from the Veterans Administration for outstanding contributions to the advancement of diversity and multicultural understanding, as well as multiple awards from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. He was also twice named one of “America’s Leading Black Doctors” by Black Enterprise.

Dr. Lawson has written more than 170 publications and has received federal and foundation funding to study and treat severe mental illness, substance abuse, and AIDs.  He currently directs grants with National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research totaling $3 million.

A proud alumnus, Dr. Lawson graduated from Howard University (B.S.) in 1966 and received graduate degrees from the University of Virginia (M.S.), the University of New Hampshire (Ph.D.) and the University of Chicago (M.D.).

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