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Practitioner of the Year Award

This award recognizes a mental health professional who has provided outstanding clinical service related to men, boys, and masculinities.



Criteria for selection include: membership in SPSMM; at least 51% of work time devoted to providing clinical services to men; clinical activities must clearly foster the positive psychological adjustment of men and boys.

How to Apply

Any member of SPSMM may make a nomination. All nomination materials must be emailed in one single pdf file by the nominator to the Awards Committee Chair. This packet should include four copies of the following:

  • A cover letter detailing the award and the person being nominated

  • Two letters of support from individuals other than the nominator

  • The nominee's vita

  • A phone number where the nominated person can be reached (can be included in the cover letter)

Past Recipients

2022 Winner - Pierre Azzam, M.D.

Dr. Pierre Azzam is a psychiatrist turned professional coach who specializes in working with men at times of personal and professional transition, including early fatherhood. He maintains an adjunct role as Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine after a decade of clinical and academic leadership at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Western Psychiatric Hospital. Dr. Azzam feels passionately for reducing male stigma around mental health services and mental wellness and has served on the board of the Division 51 for the last three years.

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