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Psychiatry professor honored by APF

A University of Minnesota psychiatry professor is being honored for his contributions to severe mental illness research and for his education efforts.

Irving I. Gottesman, Ph.D., who holds the Bernstein Professorship in Adult Psychiatry and a senior fellowship in the Department of Psychology, received the 2008 Alexander Gralnick Investigator Prize from the American Psychological Foundation (APF) in August. The award recognizes exceptional individuals who research serious mental illnesses—including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and paranoia—and train younger investigators.

“There is no higher honor than being recognized by your peers for research you have dedicated your life to,” Gottesman says. “It is also a bonus to receive this prize money from APF, when I would do my research for free.”

And that’s not just talk: Gottesman donated $18,000 of the $20,000 prize he received to severe mental illness research at the University. He also has donated to the cause his recent $50,000 Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression.

A 1960 graduate of the University’s Clinical Psychology Training Program and founder of its Behavior Genetics Training Program, Gottesman is internationally known for his research on the genetics of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. His interests include the psychoses, personality disorders, genetic counseling for psychopathology, and assessment.

Gottesman also is chair of the Institute of Medicine’s World War II Veteran Twins Committee and an advisory committee member of the institute’s Medical Follow-up Agency, which is concerned with the health of military veterans.

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