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The Jonathan Cole Presidential Service Award is presented by the ASCP to a member who has made unusually significant contributions to the Society. The emphasis of this award is on extraordinary service to the growth of the Society —not for teaching, clinical, or research accomplishment. Recipients of the ASCP Jonathon Cole Presidential Award will receive complimentary registration and a plaque to be given at the ASCP Annual Meeting.

Jonathan O. Cole, M.D., was an innovator in the creation of the field of clinical psychopharmacology. Dr. Cole was a notable administrator – Chief of the Psychopharmacology Service Center (PSC) at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Superintendent of the Boston State Hospital. In 1969, Dr. Cole originated the Early Career Clinical Drug Evaluation Units (ECDEU) Meeting, subsequently under the name New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit (NCDEU) to the now ASCP Annual Meeting. In large part by Dr. Cole’s leadership and efforts in expanding the field of clinical psychopharmacology, ASCP continues to grow through meeting attendance and society membership.

The ASCP President, Past-President, or President-elect may nominate any current or previous Member or Fellow Member of the ASCP. The current ASCP President will select the recipient. This award is determined by the current ASCP President and may not be presented yearly.


  • 2017: Ira Glick, M.D., Stanford University
  • 2019: Alan Gelenberg, M.D., University of Arizona