What Does Humanitarian Mean?


H. Steven Moffic, MD: winner of the Abraham Halpern Humanitarian Award at the 2024 APA Annual Meeting.

Psychiatry & Society

H. Steven Moffic, MD, won the Abraham Halpern Humanitarian Award, presented at the 2024 American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting. What humanitarian connections did Moffic see at this conference in New York City?

Moffic looks to publications like Psychiatric Times to discuss humanitarian issues, from everything on controversial commentaries to poetry.

He has also joined the fledgling peace caucus at the APA and encourages us all to seek peace, the greatest humanitarian effort.

Dr Moffic is an award-winning psychiatrist who specialized in the cultural and ethical aspects of psychiatry and is now in retirement and retirement as a private pro bono community psychiatrist. A prolific writer and speaker, he has done a weekday column titled “Psychiatric Views on the Daily News” and a weekly video, “Psychiatry & Society,” since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged. He was chosen to receive the 2024 Abraham Halpern Humanitarian Award from the American Association for Social Psychiatry. Previously, he received the Administrative Award in 2016 from the American Psychiatric Association, the one-time designation of being a Hero of Public Psychiatry from the Speaker of the Assembly of the APA in 2002, and the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in 1991. He is an advocate and activist for mental health issues related to climate instability, physician burnout, and xenophobia. He is now editing the final book in a 4-volume series on religions and psychiatry for Springer: Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, Christianity, and now The Eastern Religions, and Spirituality. He serves on the Editorial Board of Psychiatric Times.

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