U-M mental health researcher receives presidential early career award

President Obama has named Amy Kilbourne, Ph.D., M.P.H., as one of 96 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Kilbourne is an associate professor of psychiatry and serves as associate director of the VA Ann Arbor National Serious Mental Illness Treatment Resource and Evaluation Center, part of the Center for Clinical Management Research at the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System. She is also a core faculty member of the Depression Center and is a member of the new U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.

Kilbourne’s research focuses on improving medical and psychiatric outcomes for persons with mood disorders through integrated care models. To that end, she has proposed and implemented novel psychosocial interventions for bipolar disorder that combine best practices in care management and behavioral medicine. Her research also focuses on measuring and improving quality of care, dissemination and implementation of behavioral health treatment models.

Kilbourne is joined by two other U-M honorees, structural biologist Georgios Skiniotis, and dental researcher Margherita Fontana.

The PECASE awards were established in 1996. Eleven federal agencies nominate “the most meritorious scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America’s preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies’ missions,” according to a White House news release issued July 23.

“Discoveries in science and technology not only strengthen our economy, they inspire us as a people,” President Obama said in the news release. “The impressive accomplishments of today’s awardees so early in their careers promise even greater advances in the years ahead.”

Read the full press release from the U-M News Service, and read the full list of PECASE winners here.