Association of Women Psychiatrists 2021 Award Winners

Association of Women Psychiatrists 2021 Award Winners

*This piece is a re-print from the Association of Women Psychiatrists’ May 2021 E-newsletter.  

In our efforts to support mental health initiatives and highlight the psychiatric programs and scholarships offered by our partners, PRMS is pleased to feature the winners of the Association of Women Psychiatrists’ (AWP) 2021 Alexandra Symonds Foundation Fellowship. AWP awards two Fellowships annually to outstanding women residents and/or fellows interested in advancing women’s mental health in the fields of research, education, and clinical services. PRMS is proud to support the foundation’s awards and provide opportunities for AWP members to further their education and research efforts.

The Alexandra Symonds Foundation Fellowship is designed with the Association of Women Psychiatrist’s goals in mind – to develop leadership in women psychiatrists and to contribute the organization’s mission to improve the future personal and professional roles of women. PRMS is pleased to highlight the 2021 award winners, Adrienne Adler-Neal, MD, PhD, and Reid Jasmin Mergler, MD.

Adrienne Adler-Neal, MD, PhD, UT Southwestern Psychiatry Residency Program

Dr. Adrienne Adler-Neal is a PGY-1 at the UT Southwestern (UTSW) Psychiatry Residency Program. She completed the MD/PhD program at Wake Forest School of Medicine, where her research focused on examining the mechanisms through which mindfulness meditation alleviates pain. She has always had an interest in holistic health, both from a personal and professional perspective. Dr. Adler-Neal previously completed an MPH at the University of Memphis and BA at the University of Pennsylvania.

In her selection of the UTSW Psychiatry Residency Program, she was impressed by the women’s mental health track and the ability to gain robust psychotherapy experience without sacrificing psychopharmacology training. She hopes to primarily focus on women’s mental health, both from a research and clinical perspective. Specifically, her current goal is to tailor integrative medicine therapies to help treat mood disorders within this patient population.

Adrienne Adler-Neal, MD, PhD

Reid Jasmin Mergler, MD, Tufts Medical Center

Dr. Reid Mergler is a PGY-2 at Tufts Medical Center in Boston with a particular interest in women's mental health. She has exhibited passion for women's health and wellness over the years. During her time as an undergraduate at Cornell University, she conducted research on the cognitive effects of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Further, she studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland and worked at WHO in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research. While a medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, she was very active in the American Medical Women's Association. Dr. Mergler also previously led the Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer (GIAHC) Young Leaders Program and received the 2019 HPV and Cervical Cancer Champion Award. After graduating in 2019, she completed her intern year in OBGyn at Montefiore in the Bronx, NY. Now, in Boston, she is enjoying psychiatry with the hope to pursue a fellowship in Reproductive Psychiatry. In particularly, she is loving Tufts with its diverse patient population in Boston and her amazing community of co-residents.

Reid Jasmin Mergler, MD

PRMS is proud to be a Partner of AWP. Visit to learn more about the organization and check out the rest of the awards AWP offers under the Awards tab.


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