Dr. Patricia Recupero Receives 2019 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award

Release Date: 06/18/2019

Patricia Recupero, JD, MD, was recently awarded the prestigious 2019 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award, by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL), and APA Foundation. Dr. Recupero is senior vice president for education and training at Care New England. A member of Butler Hospital’s staff since 1989, she served the hospital both administratively and clinically, as president and CEO of Butler Hospital for 15 years, and previously as medical director, chief of forensic psychiatry, and director of Alcohol and Drug Inpatient Services. She was recently named President Emerita of Butler Hospital by the Care New England and Butler Hospital Board of Trustees.

Established in 1975, The Manfred S. Guttmacher Award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the literature of forensic psychiatry in the form of a book, monograph, paper, or other work published or presented at a professional meeting between May 1 and April 30 of the award year cycle. Honored at the APA annual meeting in San Francisco, CA, in May, Dr. Recupero delivered an honorary lecture and was recognized for her contributions and exceptional achievements in the field of forensic psychiatric literature and her editing work in the publication titled, “Geriatric Forensic Psychiatry: Principles and Practice.”

Upon receiving the award, Dr. Recupero stated that she was “very pleased the APA and AAPL recognized the field of geriatric forensic psychiatry as it is greatly underserved and will need to expand as the aged population increases.” She also added, “Collaboration between elder care attorneys and forensic psychiatrists will play a key factor in protecting the rights of our aging population.”  

Mary Marran, president and chief operating officer of Butler Hospital credited Dr. Recupero’s textbook as “an important advancement in education and a comprehensive review of varied topics that will speak to a broad audience of clinical, mental health, and legal professionals who work with the older population.”  

Board certified in forensic psychiatry and addiction psychiatry, Dr. Recupero is a clinical professor of psychiatry at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and has been a member of Brown’s Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior since 1989, including serving as the psychiatry residency training director. She was presented with a $1,000 honorarium, to be shared with her co-editors, and an engraved plaque.


About Butler Hospital

Butler Hospital, a member of Care New England, is the only private, nonprofit psychiatric and substance abuse hospital serving adults, seniors and adolescents in Rhode Island and southeastern New England. Founded in 1844, it was the first hospital in Rhode Island and has earned a reputation as the leading provider of innovative psychiatric treatments in the region. The Major Affiliated Teaching Hospital for Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in conducting cutting-edge research.