On April 21, McLean’s Scott E. Lukas, PhD, received the Stuart T. Hauser, MD, PhD, Mentorship Award in Psychiatry from Harvard Medical School (HMS).
Presented annually, the award is given to an HMS faculty member “for outstanding sustained mentorship of medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty in the areas of adult and child psychiatry, human development, and psychosocial research.”
Lukas, an HMS professor of psychiatry who also serves as director of the McLean Imaging Center and McLean’s Behavioral Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory, was recognized for his many years assisting early career researchers and psychiatrists.
“This is a wonderful acknowledgment of Scott’s lifelong contribution to our field through generative mentorship,” said Scott L. Rauch, MD, president and psychiatrist in chief for McLean. “Scott is most deserving of this award, and it is perhaps especially timely with all he has done in terms of fostering National Institutes of Health K awardees, as well as others, through the pandemic.”
“We are deeply grateful for Scott’s leadership and mentorship to so many of us across all levels of career development, and for all he has done and continues to do for McLean,” said Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, McLean’s chief scientific officer.
“It’s a wonderful honor, and I’ll cherish it,” Lukas stated. “But I certainly didn’t set out to win an award for being a mentor—just being able to share in the successes of the people that I’ve helped navigate through their careers is enough.”
The award is particularly meaningful for Lukas because of his professional relationship with the late Stuart Hauser.
Hauser was a professor of psychiatry at HMS and president of the Judge Baker Children’s Center. He was widely known for his work in adolescent development and his focus on resilience to adversity.
Over the years, Lukas and Hauser frequently shared ideas about training and mentorship. The two served together on the HMS Psychiatry Research Committee in the 1990s. Also, Lukas recalled, he borrowed concepts Hauser created for the Clinical Research Training Program at the Judge Baker Children’s Center when he was designing his own NIDA T32 Post-Doctoral Training Program.