Simon Bolivar Award

The Simon Bolivar Award was established in 1975 to honor a prominent advocate for Hispanics; designed to sensitize the APA membership to the mental health problems and goals of Hispanics. Nominees for the award must be of Hispanic descent and provide the following materials for review:

Submission Requirements:

  • Nomination letter summarizing how and why the nominee is deserving of the award
  • One-page biographical sketch of the nominee
  • Curriculum Vitae of nominee 

Deadline: June 1. All nominations must be submitted electronically at

Nominations are reviewed by a selection work group of the APA Council on Minority Mental Health and Mental Health Disparities consisting of a representative from the Council and the officers of the Caucus of Hispanic 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 Simón Bolívar Award Recipients

~ Psychiatric News: "APA to Honor Contributions to Hispanic Mental Health "
~ Psychiatric News: "Cultural Context Important in Psychiatric Diagnosis, Says Bolivar Award Winner"

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