Resnick Scholarships

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 Resnick Scholar Award to honor one of the greats in our field: Dr. Phillip Resnick.  Dr. Resnick is internationally known as an expert witness and forensic psychiatry educator.

The Resnick Scholar Award is a merit-based award annually bestowed upon residents who have demonstrated a strong record of achievement and interest in forensic psychiatry by virtue of elective rotations, scholarly projects, and teaching.  In addition to forensic scholarly accomplishments, the committee will also highly value leadership experiences and work in the areas of policy, advocacy and organized medicine.  Although the residents do not need to have a connection to the Midwest to qualify for this award, we strongly encourage Midwest applicants. PGY3, PGY4 and non-forensic psychiatry fellows from programs in the United States are eligible.  We will have TWO Resnick Scholars in 2024. 

This year’s Resnick Scholar 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:

  • A cover letter indicating he/she is applying for The Resnick Scholarship, his/her current training program, his/her training director, and his/her training year. If the resident has a Midwest connection and wants to be considered for a Margolis Travel Scholarship in the event that he/she is not selected as the Resnick Scholar, the resident should indicate that in the cover letter.
  • A letter from his/her Training Director and/or Forensic Psychiatry Mentor nominating the resident
  • A statement by the resident (no longer than 500 words) detailing his/her interest and/or experience in forensic psychiatry including scholarly work and teaching. The statement should also include leadership experiences, as well as, policy and advocacy work.  Finally, the committee wants to know the applicant’s long-term career goals.  If the resident has a Midwest connection (training in, or planning to do a fellowship or working in the Midwest post-graduation), it should be included in the personal statement.
  • The resident’s curriculum vitae

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

Completed applications for The Resnick Scholar Award are due via email to Please indicate “Resnick Scholar 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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