The Global Alliance recognizes exemplary work consistent with our values.  We honor those who are engaged in research, policy and practice with a focus on 

  • creating humane social policy;
  • protecting human rights;
  • preventing behavioral health problems; 
  • strengthening communities, service systems and policy especially for disadvantaged populations.  

  Congratulations to our 2018 Award Winners

Presidential Citation for Lifetime Achievement recognizes distinguished contributions to mental health and social justice.    

PatelVikram Patel, MBBS, PhD

Vikram Patel received a Presidential Citation for Lifetime Achievement for his innovative efforts in bringing mental health care to low-resource communities. In elevating our understanding of the burden of mental disorders globally and their association with poverty and social disadvantage, Dr. Patel has demonstrated how community resources can be used effectively to deliver mental health prevention and treatment services, thereby making mental health care more accessible to all. His work focuses on reducing the treatment gap for mental disorders in low resource countries through the generation of policy relevant evidence on the burden and impact of mental disorders, the development and evaluation of interventions that can be delivered by lay health workers, the development of training programs to expand research and leadership in the area, and the communication of research on global mental health. Dr. Patel is a professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School and the co-found of Sangath, an NGO focused on mental health and family well-being in India. Additionally, he co-directs the Centre for Global Mental Health in London and was instrumental in the setup of the Movement for Global Mental Health, a network asserting mental health care as a basic human right. Learn more about Dr. Patel's approach by watching his Ted Talk.  

The Max Hayman Award honors distinguished scholarship in the mental health disciplines that contributes to the elimination of genocide and the remembrance of the Holocaust.  

Brave HeartMaria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, PhD

A social worker and expert in mental health, Dr. Brave Heart is best known for her efforts to understand mental health and substance abuse in indigenous populations and to intervene to help indigenous populations heal from historical trauma. Her work focuses on indigenous collective trauma, grief and loss, and healing intervention for indigenous populations. Dr. Brave Heart is an associate professor at the University of New Mexico and the director of Native American and Disparities Research at the University. Additionally, she founded the Takini Institute in South Dakota and developed the “Historical Trauma and Unresolved Grief Intervention designed to reduce the suffering of Indigenous Peoples. Hear Dr. Brave Heart talk about her experience working with native peoples in this interview.  Hear Dr. Brave Heart talk about her experience working with native peoples in this interview.  

 The Blanche F. Ittleson Award recognizes outstanding achievement in the delivery of children's services and the promotion of children's mental health.  

LiebermanAlicia Lieberman, PhD

Developer of an evidence-based mental health treatment for young children exposed to domestic violence and other traumatic life events, Dr. Lieberman has advanced our understanding of attachments, toddler development and the effects of domestic violence on children and families. She is a professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco and is the Director of the Child Trauma Research Project at San Francisco General Hospital. Additionally, she is the director of the Early Trauma Treatment Network and serves on the Board of Directors of Zero to Three. Watch this video to hear Dr. Lieberman explain the significance of relationships in the first three years of a child's life. 

 The Marion Langer Award recognizes distinction in social advocacy and the pursuit of human rights. 

OlsonBradley Olson, PhD

A past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility and co-founder of The Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, Dr. Olson focuses on human rights, nonviolence, community organizing, and substance abuse.