2022 Research Award

2021 Scientific Research Award

2022 Scientific Research Award

NAMI is pleased to announce that Christine Yu Moutier, M.D., will receive the NAMI 2022 Scientific Research Award for her tireless work in the mental health field at the Inspiring Hope Through Research event on Oct. 12, 2022.

About the Honoree

Dr. Christine Yu MoutierChristine Yu Moutier, M.D. became the Chief Medical Officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) in fall 2013. After her own lived experience and losing colleagues to suicide, she dedicated herself to fighting this leading cause of death. Previously, she was on the faculty and served as assistant dean for student affairs and medical education at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. As co-founder of the San Diego Chapter of AFSP in 2007, she launched the Interactive Screening Program, (AFSP’s signature intervention program for those at risk for suicide), for the UCSD health science community comprised of 2,500 faculty, residents and students.

In addition to overseeing the research grant program of AFSP, one of the largest private funders of suicide and prevention research globally, Dr. Moutier has been involved over the years with numerous research grants and studies. Recently, she co-investigated a research training program in Geriatric Neuropsychiatry for Medical Students to expand the pipeline for new researchers in geriatric mental health by providing mentored research opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and medical students. She translates scientific research into practice for clinical and community-based applications used in programs and treatments.

During her tenure at AFSP, she has been tirelessly advocating for culture change at the national level briefing Congressional committees, educating major media outlets and making the most of every opportunity to represent the science and those with lived experience. In a new book, “You Are Not Alone: The NAMI Guide to Navigating Mental Health,” written by Ken Duckworth, M.D., NAMI’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Moutier talked about her own experiences, wrote an expert Q and A on how to speak to someone who is having suicidal thoughts and reviewed a chapter on making the meaning of loss after death by suicide. She remains dedicated to the vision of a world without suicide.

About the Award

The NAMI Scientific Research Award is supported by the Peter Corbin Kohn Endowment. The Award recognizes the work of researchers who move our scientific understanding and treatment of mental illness forward. We hope you will join us to pay tribute to our honorees and recognize their outstanding contributions and achievements.