Solomon Carter Fuller Award for African American Pioneers

Since 1975, the APA has honored Black pioneers providing significant benefit to the quality of life for Black people with the Solomon Carter Fuller Award. 
Nominees for the Fuller Award must be a Black citizen and provide the following materials for review:

Submission Requirements:

  • Nomination letter summarizing the nominees accomplishments
  • One-page biographical sketch of the nominee
  • Curriculum Vitae of nominee


Extended to July 17, 2015. All nominations must be submitted electronically to

Nominations are reviewed by a selection work group of the APA Council on Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities composed of a representative of the Council and the officers of the APA Caucus of Black Psychiatrists. Recipients are recognized during an award lecture at the APA Annual Meeting or Institute on Psychiatric Services and presented with a plaque and honorarium.

Staff Contact:

Alison Bondurant (703-907-8639)

Past Solomon Carter Fuller Award Recipients


~ Psychiatric News: "Norris Recounts Struggles of Black Psychiatrists"
~ Psychiatric News: "Solomon Carter Fuller: First Black Psychiatrist"
~ TIME: Unsung Heroes, "Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller, Mind Mender"



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