IAAH Awards

“A wise society acknowledges the work of pioneers, recognizes the significance of traditions, and looks beyond its present achievements to its future challenges.”
Roger Tonkin, IAAH president, 1994-2001.

IAAH offers a number of awards which are usually bestowed during the IAAH World Congress. A list of past awardees can be found below.

The IAAH Founders Award – established in 1995 at the 6th World Congress on Adolescent Health, the Founders Award is given to an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the field of adolescent health, whether nationally, regionally, or globally. The individual must be of distinction in relationship to their academic or professional career, and their contributions must resonate with the core aims and values of IAAH.
To nominate someone for this award, click here. Nominations are due by the close of the day on November 7th, 2021. 

The Young Professional Prize – established in 2021, the Young Professional Prize was created to recognize an early career professional who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of adolescent health, whether nationally, regionally, or globally.
To apply for this prize, click here. Nominations are due by the close of the day on November 7th, 2021. 

IAAH Honorary Fellowship Award – first awarded at the 11th World Congress on Adolescent Health in New Dehli, India in 2017, this award recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to advancing adolescent health and wellbeing. The Honorary Fellowship Award winner is selected by the IAAH executive committee.

The Herbert Friedman Lecture – first awarded in 2001, a named lecture is given at the World Congress in honour of Herbert Friedman[1], the British clinical psychologist who was an early adolescent health pioneer and established adolescent health within the World Health Organization.

The Montreux Prize – this award is administered by the Swiss Association for Adolescent Health and is a legacy of the 1991 World Congress on Adolescent Health, that was held in Montreux Switzerland. It is awarded to an individual from a low- or middle-income country, who is under the age of 40, and whose abstract has been accepted to present at the World Congress. The successful individual will have demonstrated innovative research and/or preventive programming that focuses on adolescent health. A cash prize, free registration, and travel to the IAAH World Congress accompany this award.

[1] https://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(01)00207-5/fulltext

IAAH Founders Award Recipients

YearRecipientCountry
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2017Linda H. BearingerUSA
2017Sunil MehraIndia
2017Joan-Carles SurisSwitzerland
2017Russell VinerUnited Kingdom
2013Sue BagshawNew Zealand
2013Veronica CoatesBrazil
2013 Jean-Yves FrappierCanada
2013Gustavo GirardArgentina
2009Roger TonkinCanada
2005David BennettAustralia
2005Robert BlumUSA
2001Felix HealdUSA
2001Matilde MaddalenoChile
2000Richard BrownUSA
2000Ian WilkinsCanada
1997Herb FriedmanUSA
1997Murray WilliamsAustralia