The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
3615 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.20016-3007

Phone: 202-966-7300
Fax: 202-966-2891

Clinical Practice (

AACAP’s Clinical Practice department is principally responsible for producing resource materials and assisting members with issues related to their clinical practice, such as practice parameters, coordination of care/services, collaborating with other professionals, and medical coding questions. Through its work with multiple committees, the department helps to develop AACAP policy on a wide range of issues, including mental health care, inpatient and residential care, and telemedicine. A major emphasis is placed on the creation and development of useful products, resources, and the detailed writing of proposed practice parameter and clinical practice guidelines.

Staff also tracks, reviews, analyzes, and develops responses to federal regulations affecting members’ clinical practices with AACAP committee and officer input. This important activity involves analyzing emerging and proposed federal regulations on the many issues and Federal programs that impact CAPs and our patients.

Communications (

The Communications Department is responsible for the internal and external messaging for the Academy. This includes the planning, organization, and direction of AACAP’s communication strategies and public information activities.

The Communications Department is responsible for fostering and maintaining relationships with media, editors, reporters, partner organizations, (when relevant); fostering greater awareness about AACAP and facilitating opportunities for AACAP members to showcase their expertise and work to consumers/public at large.

Continuing Medical Education (

The CME Department is responsible for the review and approval of all programs for continuing medical education credit, and ensures that programs meet the criteria of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. In addition, the CME department works on the development and implementation of new online CME programs and management of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) products that AACAP offers to members to meet their MOC requirements, including the Lifelong Learning Module and several self-assessment products. The CME Department serves as your CME and MOC experts and is available to answer your questions throughout the year by emailing

Development (

The Development department is responsible for planning, implementing, managing, and administering fundraising activities to generate revenue that supports AACAP initiatives and programs. These include: (1) research; (2) education; (3) recruitment; and (4) international.

We raise money from individual donations (AACAP members and non-members), corporate and foundation grants and sponsorships.

Government Affairs (

AACAP Government Affairs is responsible for educating Congress, the Administration, and government agencies at the Federal, state and local level on issues affecting child and adolescent psychiatry and children’s mental health. We also educate our members about pertinent legislation and regulations impacting their practices and patients. This is accomplished through face-to-face training and timely advocacy communications, including our advocacy updates, legislative alerts, webinars and presentations to regional organizations throughout the year. Expenses for 2016 are projected to increase due to further development of the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, our related 501(c) (6) organization, and the formation of an Advocacy Committee, as well as further development of AACAP-PAC, as noted in the separate proposed budgets for each, including the AACAP-PAC Board and its budget.

Human Resources and Career Opportunities (

The Human Resources department attracts and retains the most highly qualified, talented workforce; fosters growth and development; and maintains a positive and supportive work environment that values employees.


The Editorial Office supports the efforts of the Editor-in-Chief, Andrés Martin, MD, MPH, and the Editorial Board in publishing JAACAP. Our department supports the needs of authors, reviewers, and editors through the submission, revision, decision, proofreading, and production phases required to publish each article; oversees the John F. McDermott Assistant Editor-in-Residence editorial board member and associated special projects, such as JAACAP Connect; communicates with members/readers about new issues, initiatives, and opportunities to get involved; and works to identify and participate in cross-department efforts and programs. We endeavor to keep Journal policies and procedures in line with changing industry standards and to bring new publishing initiatives to both the print and online Journal. We collaborate with the Academy team and the publisher to communicate with and support members/readers.

Meetings (
202-966-7300, ext: 2006

The Meetings Department has overall responsibility for the planning and logistics of AACAP’s meetings and educational events including the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Update Institute (January), Douglas B. Hansen, MD Annual Review Course (March), Annual Meeting (October), and approximately 50 committee meetings (throughout the year). For questions about attending any of AACAP’s meetings, submitting for the Annual Meeting Call for Papers, or exhibiting, contact

Member Services (
202-966-7300, ext: 2004

The life and vitality of AACAP is membership.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Recruitment, retention, and credentialing of members
  2. Development & maintenance of benefits and services for the membership.
  3. Delivering AACAP’s overall value proposition
  4. Responsible for maintaining all membership files, records, and statistics.
  5. Responsible for processing all memberships, administers billing & dues collection and runs registration for all AACAP events, meetings, and programs.
  6. Responsible for delivering world class service to our membership.

Research and Training (

The Research, Training and Education department aims to promote the development of a strong workforce, to assist training directors in exceeding educational standards, to promote and support research careers, to publicize research and training opportunities, to promote sound research, to educate the field on substance abuse and addiction, and to foster the development of medical students, residents and early career psychiatrists.