Honors of the Association

The Honors of the Association represents the highest expression of respect and gratitude ACPA bestows. It is granted to those individuals whose lifetime of research, healthcare delivery, or leadership has advanced, significantly and uniquely, the amelioration of physical, behavioral or social conditions of cleft lip and palate or other craniofacial differences.


Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual, member or non-member, who has demonstrated exceptional service to ACPA.

Emerging Leader Award

ACPA is introducing a new award in 2018.  The Emerging Leader Award is given to an early career professional who is a member of ACPA for at least three years and not more than 15 years, who exhibits exemplary accomplishment and dedication to the issues affecting people with cleft and craniofacial conditions.

Samuel Berkowitz, DDS, MS Long-Term Outcomes Study Award

The Berkowitz Award is made annually to the primary author of the article judged to be the best long-term outcomes study published in The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. The author may be from any discipline represented in the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, and the article may cover any cleft/craniofacial subject area. ACPA membership is not required. One $500 award is made per volume year of the Journal.

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Relevance of Research Topic
  2. Organization and Clarity of Manuscript
  3. Methodological Soundness
  4. Appropriateness of Conclusions Based on Results
  5. Clinical Significance of Conclusions/Potential Impact on Patient Care
  6. Follow Up Period of Adequate Length to Fully Evaluate Outcome

Stewart Rood Section Editor of the Year Award

This award is given each year to a section editor of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal in recognition of their significant and substantive contributions to the journal.

Peer Reviewer of the Year Award

This award is given each year to the peer reviewer recommended and selected by the Editorial Board who best exemplifies the core values and missions of The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal.