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 

 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

Sunday, October 18, 2020
12:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET
Image result for covid-19AADCAP FOLLOW-UP TOWN HALL:

Dealing with Continued Uncertainty Around the COVID Pandemic: Guidance for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program Directors 

Thursday, May 21, 2020
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern 

Brief mentions (<3 mins) of relevant topics (below) then the remainder open for topic discussions or whatever’s on your mind. 

Relevant topics include:

  1. Administrative issues including: financial stressors, hiring freezes, need to reopen programs (Mike Sorter, MD)
  2. Challenges in the provision of care presented by various programs and clinical locations, including differences between hospital-based versus ambulatory services, care in children’s hospitals versus psychiatric facilities, and the demands of CL and Emergency Services (Tami Benton, MD)
  3. Determining the most appropriate balance between direct and virtual patient contacts now and in the future (Victor Fornari, MD)
  4. A focus on training and education that addresses the loss of supervision during the acute phase of the pandemic, the most appropriate platform for patient care and supervision, and how to involve trainees in this process (Sheila Marcus. MD)
  5. Restarting research programs, particularly those focused on clinical studies including the possibility of IRB modifications, changes in the way the work is done, and the use of virtual contacts (David Axelson, MD).

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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:
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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

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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: Summer 2020


Cheryl S. Al-Mateen, MD
Interim Division Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Stacy Doumas, MD
Section Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Jersey Shore Medican Center, Neptune, NJ
Elise Fallucco, MD
 Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Florida COM--Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL

Mary Margaret Gleason, MD
Division Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Leslie Hulvershorn, MD
Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Indiana University SOM, Indianapolis, IN
Steven Jewell, MD
Director, Division of Pediatric Psychiatry and Psychology, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH
Jennifer Le, MD
Division Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Louisville SOM, Louisville, KY
A. Lee Lewis, MD
Division Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
LaKisha Mamon, MD
Section Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Louisiana State University HSC, New Orleans, LA
Janaki Nimmagadda, MD
Division Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Alabama at Birmingham--Huntsville Campus, Huntsville, AL
James D. Norcross, MD
Chief, Div. of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
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
Jennifer VandeVoort, MD
Division Chair, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The Mayo Cllinic
Rochester, MD 
Larry Wissow, MD
Division Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Washington SOM, Seattle, WA