Douglas Mossman Research Award

Dedicated to excellence in practice, teaching and research in forensic psychiatry

The Midwest Chapter of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (MWAAPL) created the Mossman award in honor of Dr.Douglas Mossman, one of the best researchers and educators in the field of forensic psychiatry.

The Mossman Research Award is meant to recognize excellence in forensic psychiatry scholarship. Although applicants do not need to have a connection to the Midwest to qualify for this award, we strongly encourage Midwest applicants.  PGY3s,PGY4s, psychiatry fellows and early career forensic psychiatrists (five or less years out of forensic fellowship) are eligible to apply.

This year’s Mossman Research Award stipend will cover the cost of the meeting registration and a $250 stipend to be used for travel and accommodations; residents will be responsible for their own transportation and meals outside of the conference.

The application must include:

  • The cover letter should indicate they are applying for The Mossman Research Award.  Trainees should also include current training program, training director, and training year.   Early career forensic psychiatrists should include place of employment, how many years they are out of training and the name(s)of research mentor(s)
  • They must have a letter from their training director and/or forensic psychiatry research mentor nominating the individual.  Early career psychiatrists can submit a mentor letter and/or a letter of support from a collaborator if appropriate.
  • A statement by the applicant (no longer than 500 words) detailing their forensic psychiatry research and scholarship.   If the individual has a Midwest connection,it should be included in the personal statement.
  • Copies of any forensic psychiatry publications and accepted presentation abstracts
  • The individual’s curriculum vitae

Individuals applying for the Mossman Research Award are encouraged but not required to submit a research based abstract that we will consider for inclusions in the presentation program at the 2024 meeting in Cincinnati, OH.   Please refer to the call for abstracts for specifics.

Deadline:  Monday, January 15, 2024 5p.m.

Completed applications for The Mossman Research Award are due via email to  Please indicate “Mossman Research Award Application” in the subject line.

Questions can also be emailed to Michelle Hume at

About Us

MWAAPL shares a mission with our parent organization AAPL to promote scientific and educational activities in forensic psychiatry through resident awards, mentorship, scholarly collaboration and an annual high-quality meeting.


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