Haller honored by APA Women's Caucus for excellence in service and advocacy

By Nicholas Roznovsky

Haller gets her award

Ellen Haller, MD, (left) receives the 2017 APA Assembly Award for Excellence in Service and Advocacy from APA Women's Caucus President Maureen Sayres Van Niel, MD.

UC San Francisco Professor of Clinical Psychiatry Ellen Haller, MD, was honored with the 2017 American Psychiatric Association (APA) Assembly Award for Excellence in Service and Advocacy during the 170th APA Annual Meeting in San Diego. She was presented with the award during the Women of the Assembly meeting from APA Women's Caucus President Maureen Sayres Van Niel, MD. 

She was recognized by Van Niel for her "outstanding work as a female member of the APA whose work exemplifies excellence as a pioneer in the treatment of women and LGBTQ community." 

Haller has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry since 1988, serving in a number of key roles throughout her career, including directing the Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital (LPPH) Adult Psychiatry Clinic (2003-2007; 2013-present), UCSF Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program (2008-2012), WomenCare Mental Health Clinic (1997-2003), mental health projects for the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health (1998-2007), UCSF Psychiatry Program for Women (1998-2007), UCSF Lesbian Health & Research Center (2006-2016), and the LPPH LGBT Psychiatry Clinic (2012-present).

In addition to her clinical and education work, Haller has been a dedicated mentor for numerous junior colleagues, with a specific focus on psychiatric educations and the unique issues faced by women and LGBTQ faculty. Among her numerous previous honors are the UCSF Chancellor Award for LGBTQI Leadership (2007), the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists' Barbara Gittings Award (2011), UCSF Lesbian Health Research Center Clinician of the Year (2006), the UCSF/LPPI Alumni Faculty Interdisciplinary Achievement Award (2003), and twice being named a UCSF Champion of Diversity (2007 and 2009).

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry conducts its clinical, educational and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including UCSF campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay and Laurel Heights, UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System and UCSF Fresno.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises top-ranked hospitals – UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland – and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.