Your ARPF is honored to share that Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor-in-residence of psychiatry at UCLA and member of our Medical & Scientific Advisory Council (SAC), has received 2020 distinguished research awards from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the American College of Psychiatrists, and the American Psychiatric Association. This is an outstanding achievement and unprecedented in the field of geriatric psychiatry.
The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s Distinguished Scientist Award recognized Dr. Lavretsky’s research in resilience in depression and aging. Dr. Lavretsky is a geriatric integrative psychiatrist with a federally funded research program in geriatric depression and integrative mental health using mind-body interventions. Her current research includes investigations of psychopharmacological treatment of geriatric depression, mild cognitive impairment, and the use of Tai Chi and yoga for treatment and prevention of late-life mood and cognitive disorders.
The American College of Psychiatrists honored Dr. Lavretsky with the Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry. The American Psychiatric Association honored Dr. Lavretsky with the Weinberg Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry. This award acknowledges a psychiatrist who has demonstrated special leadership or has done outstanding work in clinical practice, training, or research into geriatric psychiatry.
Furthermore, ARPF is sponsoring a three-year study called “The Pink Brain™ Project,” in conjunction with Dr. Lavretsky’s Psychiatry Department at UCLA. Together, we will study the impact of a yoga program in women at high risk for the development of Alzheimer’s disease. ARPF offers our warmest congratulations to Dr. Lavretsky’s well-deserved honors.