Events / 22nd Annual Friedman Lecture & Awards

22nd Annual Friedman Lecture & Awards

April 21, 2023
8:30 am - 11:30 am
Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC), 320 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110

Online registration for this event is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows.

Mark your calendars for our Annual Friedman Lecture & Awards on April 21, 2023. Our 22nd lecture — Mental health and older adults: New ways to provide high-quality care — will be given by Eric Lenze, MD, the Wallace and Lucille K. Renard Professor in Psychiatry and head of the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine. The lecture will discuss the innovations in mental health care for older adults. Join us to learn more about this as well as the direction for high quality mental health care for older adults.

This event will also include an awards presentation, a panel of geriatric mental health experts, and opportunities for audience Q&A and networking.

This event is made possible by the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Endowment for Aging at The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Featured Experts

Keynote speaker: Eric Lenze, MD

Eric Lenze, MD
Wallace & Lucille Renard Professor of Psychiatry, Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine, Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, and Director of the ICTS Mobile Health Research Core and the university’s Healthy Mind Lab

Dr. Lenze is a geriatric psychiatrist and conducts clinical trials. His relevant expertise includes clinical trials and treatment development projects for medications and behavioral treatments, as well as medication-behavioral combinations. He has been PI or co-investigator in numerous NIH-funded clinical trials and other clinical research studies, as well as other non-governmental trials.


Katie Holzer, PhD, LCSW
Administrative Director, Center for Perioperative Mental Health; Instructor, Department of Anesthesiology, Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Holzer’s research focuses on the wellbeing of older surgical patients and patient engagement in the research process. The CPMH team is currently conducting three randomized controlled trials to test the effectiveness of a wellness program for older adult surgery patients with depression and anxiety.

Monique Williams, MD, MSCI
Senior Medical Director, Oak Street Health

Dr. Williams’ research focus on disparities in dementia and research recruitment. She is involved in community, clergy, and health professional education and outreach. She will discuss interdisciplinary, value-based primary care as a means to address the mental health needs of community-dwelling older adults.

Jameca Woody-Cooper, PhD
Emergence Psychological Services

Dr. Woody-Cooper is an accomplished counseling psychologist, educator, entrepreneur, author, and civic leader. Her vision is to educate, empower, and inspire a generation of thinkers that dare to advocate for fairness in their communities. She will discuss the mental health of marginalized older adults including common diagnoses, distinct presentations of disorders and best practices regarding treatment.



This event will take place in person at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the Washington University Medical Campus. Online registration is now closed. If space allows, walk-ins will be accepted.

8:30 a.m.Registration & light breakfast
9:00 a.m.Welcome, center updates & awards presentation
9:30 a.m.Keynote presentation from Eric Lenze, MD
10:00 a.m.Coffee break
10:15 a.m.Moderated panel discussion
11:15 a.m.Audience Q&A
11:30 a.m.Event close
Directions & parking

The Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC) is located at 320 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO and is easily accessible from the Central West End Metrolink stop.

View a parking map.

Visitor parking is available on levels 6-7 of the Metro Parking Garage located at 4560 Nash Way [formerly Children’s Place]. Go to level 3 to enter into the pedestrian walkway. Press handicap button to open the door. Turn left into the walkway. Make the first right (past Kaldi’s Coffee). Walk a short distance, and you will enter EPNEC at the 2nd level.

Watch this video on how to access the EPNEC from the Metro Parking Garage.


If you have any accessibility needs, please contact Emily Hickner at We need to be notified at least five business days prior to the event to guarantee accommodation for interpretation and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services.

Awards & Nominations

The nomination period for the 2024 awards has closed. Awards will be presented on April 5, 2024 at the Friedman Lecture and Awards event on behalf of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging.

The Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Award for Excellence in Service to Older Adults

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual who has made outstanding contributions in service to older adults. Individuals might have made this contribution through practice, education, advocacy, or research. Eligible nominees must be professionals currently involved in work that is related to older adults within the St. Louis Metro Region.

This award is supported by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Fund.

The Alene and Meyer Kopolow Award for Geriatrics, Psychiatry and Neurology

The purpose of this award is to recognize stellar contributions to the care of older adults by a resident, post-residency fellow or junior faculty member in neurology, psychiatry, medicine or related disciplines. Eligible individuals may also have had experience in the geriatric service areas at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center or at associated outpatient facilities, including Barnes-Jewish Extended Care. The award is not restricted to individuals with a medical degree (MD or DO). Nominees should demonstrate achievement in at least one of the following areas of geriatrics: direct patient care; didactic learning exercises, rounds, conferences, or national/international meetings; and, patient-oriented or basic research that addresses aging issues.

Recipients receive a formal announcement of the award, a plaque and $3,000 toward aging-related educational endeavors including conference fees, travel expenses, books, journal subscriptions and field- or research-related software, hardware, etc.

This award is supported by the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from the Alene and Meyer Kopolow Fund for Geriatrics, Psychiatry and Neurology.

The Mark S. Wrighton Research Award on Aging

The purpose of this award is to recognize doctoral candidates who show outstanding promise as researchers on topics relevant to older adults and aging society. To be considered for the award, students must apply to participate in a 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition, organized by the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging. The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges graduate students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. Following the competition, winner(s) will be honored at the next Annual Friedman Lecture and receive prizes.

This award is supported by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Fund.