Meredith Spada, MD Receives the 2022 Association for Academic Psychiatry Early Career Development Award

We are delighted to announce that Meredith Spada, MD (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry), has received the 2022 Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP) Early Career Development Award, which recognizes promising early-career faculty and provides them with resources to further their academic teaching careers. 

Dr. Spada earned her MD from Penn State University. She completed residency training in adult psychiatry at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital (WPH) in the Academic Administrator Clinician Educator (AACE) Track and Reproductive Psychiatry and Women’s Mental Health Area of Concentration (AOC), and she additionally completed a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. During her training, Dr. Spada was selected as an American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training George Ginsberg Fellow, which acknowledges the excellence and accomplishments of outstanding residents interested in education and teaching who are pursuing careers as clinician-educators and/or academic administrators. She additionally served as chair of the AACE Track and as chief resident for education. 

Dr. Spada is associate program director of the Pitt Psychiatry Office of Residency Training (ORT), overseeing didactic teaching for residents. Her educational leadership roles include serving as co-director of the AACE Track and the Reproductive Psychiatry and Women’s Mental Health AOC, course director of the PGY1 Introduction of Clinical Psychiatry course, and as a faculty co-supervisor for the Center for Children and Families PGY3 resident rotation. Complementing her leadership roles, Dr. Spada is highly engaged in teaching, and provides lectures, case conferences, and clinical supervision for medical students and residents. 

“Dr. Spada is an exceptional clinician, educator, and colleague.” said David Lewis, MD (Chair, Department of Psychiatry). “Since the beginning her postgraduate training, Dr. Spada has demonstrated exceptional dedication to education, and has excelled in her role on the residency training leadership team at Pitt Psychiatry. She is highly deserving of this award.”

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Spada!