PRA Senior Research Associate Lisa Callahan, Ph.D., has been named a co-awardee of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA’s) 2021 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award. The Manfred S. Guttmacher Award annually recognizes outstanding contributions to the literature of forensic psychiatry. The award is shared between Dr. Callahan and her co-author Debra Pinals, M.D., on two recently published articles addressing competence to stand trial:
- Challenges to Reforming the Competence to Stand Trial and Competence Restoration System, which reviews the problems affecting the current competence to stand trial/competence restoration system and offers preliminary solutions.
- Evaluation and Restoration of Competence to Stand Trial: Intercepting the Forensic System Using the Sequential Intercept Model, which explores how criminal justice and behavioral health stakeholders can use the Sequential Intercept Model to reduce jail stays and increase connections to community-based services for individuals with serious behavioral health conditions and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Drs. Callahan and Pinals will be publicly recognized during the May 2021 APA Annual Meeting, where they will deliver an award lecture on their articles, the state of competence to stand trial/competence restoration, and notable advances.
Upon winning the award, Dr. Callahan remarked, “Winning the Guttmacher Award for our work on competence to stand trial underscores the importance of this issue and PRA’s leadership in promoting the improvement of responses to people with serious mental illness in the criminal justice system, starting with Dr. Hank Steadman’s ground-breaking work. Partnering with Dr. Deb Pinals has accelerated the implementation of solutions vexing many states and has been an enriching partnership that continues.”
About the Manfred S. Guttmacher Award
The Manfred S. Guttmacher Award was established in 1975. It recognizes an outstanding contribution to the literature of forensic psychiatry in the form of a book, monograph, paper, or other work published or presented at a professional meeting between May 1 and April 30 of the award year cycle. The award is administered by the APA and co-sponsored by the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.