B. Jaye Anno Award of Excellence in Communication


This award pays tribute to innovative, well-executed communications that have had a positive impact on the field of correctional health care, or to individuals for bodies of work. The award is named after NCCHC’s cofounder and first vice president.

Kenneth L. Appelbaum, MD

Kenneth Appelbaum

For published works that have advanced the field of correctional mental health care

With more than 60 books, books chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles to his name, Kenneth Appelbaum is one of the country’s most well-respected researchers, authors and educators on the subject of mental health care in corrections.

He is coeditor of the recently published Oxford Textbook of Correctional Psychiatry. The 71-chapter textbook is widely regarded as a much-needed resource in a growing yet under-resourced field, representing an important step in the development of correctional psychiatry. It covers a wide range of topics, attesting to the unique challenges that face correctional psychiatrists and other mental health professionals.

Earlier this year, Dr. Appelbaum and his coeditors were awarded the Manfred S. Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. The prestigious award recognizes outstanding contributions to the literature of forensic psychiatry. 

Dr. Appelbaum said in accepting the award. “I hope that our book will enhance the care for countless individuals whose needs in the community and in jails and prisons have too often been neglected.”

Currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Appelbaum has worked continuously with patients in criminal justice since joining the faculty in 1987. In addition to teaching, he is director of correctional mental health policy and research for Commonwealth Medicine, the public service consulting division of UMass Medical School.

From 1998 to 2007, Dr. Appelbaum served as director of mental health for UMass Correctional Health, and was responsible for mental health providers, programs and services at all Massachusetts Department of Correction facilities.

Prior to that he ran a state hospital forensic evaluation unit, established and directed the UMass Medical School forensic psychiatry fellowship program and helped establish a training program for forensic professionals. He currently provides consultation to state and federal correctional systems, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, on safety and delivery of mental health services.

Dr. Appelbaum is the recipient of the Red Apple Outstanding Service Award and the Golden Apple Award for significant contributions to the field of forensic psychiatry from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the University of Massachusetts President’s Award for Public Service and the Outstanding Public Sector Psychiatrist Award from the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society.

He has given more than 100 academic and national presentations, and has published extensively in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and the Journal of Correctional Health Care, among others.