Should AACAP Membership Be Expanded to Include Psychologists?

The Task Force on Allied Membership (TFAM) is charged with evaluating, researching, and reviewing whether it makes sense for AACAP to create an allied membership category open only to psychologists. The focus of this Task Force is limited to an allied membership category for psychologists and is not a precursor for opening AACAP membership to non-physicians.

Tami D. Benton, MD (chair)
Mark S. Borer, MD
Gabrielle "Gaye" A. Carlson, MD
Shashank V. Joshi, MD
David L. Kaye, MD
Karen Dineen Wagner, MD, PhD Charles H. Zeanah, Jr., MD

To carry out the responsibilities of the charge, the TFAM is trying to cast as wide a net as possible, in the hopes of gathering as much information and feedback on the topic as possible from the AACAP membership. As part of this effort, the TFAM first held a Town Meeting at the recent AACAP Annual Meeting in New York. Members were encouraged to participate and share ideas, concerns, and questions regarding the topic of allowing psychologists to become members of AACAP.

In addition to the Town Hall, TFAM members, to be fair and balanced and to cover the topic's total scope, were tasked with collecting three articles for AACAP News from the membership:

A Case For Creating a Membership Category for Psychologists
Gabrielle A. Carlson, MD
Charles H. Zeanah, Jr., MD

A Case Against Creating a Membership Category for Psychologists
Debra E. Koss, MD
Karen Pierce, MD

A Third Option
Mark S. Borer, MD

Please take a moment to read and reflect on the opinions expressed in each article. As stated above, we want to hear from ALL of you! We value your opinions as AACAP members and want to be sure to take into consideration your thoughts and feelings on the matter. Please send all feedback via email to

Your comments will be compiled and used in determining and defining the ongoing conversation. Also, if you have any questions, please contact the Communications Department directly via email at or by phone at 202.966.7300, ext. 119.

The deadline to submit feedback is May 5, 2017.

Thank you – and enjoy the articles!