AADCAP is composed of the heads of child and adolescent psychiatry divisions and seeks to aggressively promote the field of academic child and adolescent psychiatry.

Welcome to the American Association of Directors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AADCAP). The goal of our organization is to support division chiefs/directors in and outside of the United States in their administrative efforts to coordinate and maintain clinical, educational, and research priorities. AADCAP  accomplishes this by providing opportunities for continuing education . . . read more
D. Richard Martini, MD 

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2021 Spring Meeting
Virtual via Zoom
Thursday, April 29, 2021
12:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Telehealth in the
Post-COVID World
featuring Drs. Ujjwal Ramtekka and Shabana Khan
PLUS special reports from the Work Group on Racism and Health Disparities and the Emeritus Committee's Mentor Program. 

Retreat on Racism
Sponsored by the Work Group on Racism and Health Disparities 
 Thursday, February 18, 2021
12:00 - 3:00 pm ET 
 Facilitator:  Anneliese Singh, MD 

AADCAP Statement Addressing Racism

As representatives and leaders of the American Association of Directors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AADCAP), we express grief, anger, and sorrow over the deaths of George Floyd, Breona Taylor, and Ahmaund Arbery at the hands of law enforcement. Racism has been a persistent and malignant undercurrent in American society, and violence against minorities is part of this picture, particularly for African-Americans.

Our responsibilities as medical professionals include recognizing the tragic consequences of racism and working tirelessly to correct them. We realize inequities exist in the access to and the quality of healthcare, something that was particularly evident in the spread and consequences of the recent COVID epidemic. We must raise awareness about this issue, take action to ensure that the care we provide is sensitive to race and culture, and work to eliminate discriminatory practices in hospitals, clinics, and communities. We must also ensure the provision of non-discriminatory medical and psychiatric services by encouraging diversity among our clinical staff. In the process, we will better understand the patient’s experience, allow the patient and family to better identify with their caregiver, and encourage greater confidence in the treatment process. Among our responsibilities is the training of child and adolescent psychiatrists and future medical health professionals. We hope to instill the same sense of accountability for these principles in the patient care they provide now and in the future.
The events of the past few days tell us that there should no longer be different standards that exploit and victimize minorities in this country, whether through law enforcement and the justice system or by medical providers in the healthcare system. The American Association of Directors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry promises to oppose all forms of racism and be accountable for programs and policies that promote diversity, inclusiveness, and respect for racial and ethnic differences.

D. Richard Martini, MD
AADCAP President

Tami Benton, MD
AADCAP President-Elect

Victor Fornari, MD
AADCAP Past President

For Some Teens, It's Been a Year of Anxiety and Trips to the E.R. The New York Times - Breaking News, US News, World News and Videos
February 23, 2021
During the pandemic, suicidal thinking is up. And families find that hospitals can’t handle adolescents in crisis. 

NPR logoJanuary 25, 2021

D. Richard Martini, MD interviewed on NPR: 
(click on "7-Minute Listen")
A year into the pandemic, emergency rooms nationwide are seeing a rise in kids experiencing mental health crises. Educators and doctors are concerned that many of those kids are turning to suicide. 

HealthDay:  Michelle Obama Says She Is Suffering From Depression
Former First Lady Michelle Obama 

Michelle Obama mentioned:
August 6, 2020

PsychologyToday.com: Living on Automatic

Living on Automatic
by Christine B.L. Adams, MD
"Evaluating People by the Content of Their Character"
"How to Have Daily Therapy With Yourself During Quarantine"
"Evaluating People "by the Content of Their Character”
"Sources of Emotional Illness" 

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
Logos of the FCC | Federal Communications Commission

FCC designates 988 as 3-digit number for National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
Action Will Help Combat Rising Suicide Rates by Making It Easier for Americans in Crisis to Obtain Assistance from Trained Counselors. 

Victor Fornari, MD mentioned:
USA Today
October 6, 2019

PHOTO: Lucious and Emma Nixon Academy, a charter school in Orlando, Fla.

Victor Fornari, MD mentioned:
ABC News
September 30, 2019

Cute little children lying under blanket with tablet computer

Victor Fornari, MD mentioned:
September 23, 2019 

mother holding child's hand

August 5, 2019 

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Latest AADCAP Newsletter: Winter 2021


Mary Lynn Dell, MD
Medical Director, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Children’s Hospital New Orleans, LA
Stacy Doumas, MD
Section Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Jersey Shore Medican Center, Neptune, NJ
Mary Margaret Gleason, MD
Division Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Jennifer Le, MD
Division Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Louisville SOM, Louisville, KY
LaKisha Mamon, MD
Section Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Louisiana State University HSC, New Orleans, LA
Noshene Ranjbar, MD
Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Saundra Stock, MD
Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Lauren Swager, MD
Division Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV