Welcome to AACDP!

Our organization represents the leaders of departments of psychiatry in  medical schools in the United States and Canada. As such, we are committed to promoting excellence in psychiatric education, research, and clinical care. We are also committed to advocating for health policy to create appropriate and affordable psychiatric care for all.

Why join AACDP?

  • No one understands the opportunities and challenges of conducting research, providing leading edge clinical care, and educating the next generation like we do.
  • We provide orientation sessions for new chairs, a networking session for female chairs, and a workshop for associate members (associate & vice chairs).
  • AACDP meetings are a great opportunity to network with colleagues who understand and share the challenges you face.
  • Leadership training and peer mentoring for you and for your rising leaders in your department who can now join (with your support) as Associate Members.
  • AACDP supports advocacy efforts: for example, AACDP helped get APPI to reduce fees for use of SCID-5 for academic institutions/training-research activities
  • AACDP hosts and facilitates active discussions about future of psychiatry, integrated care, healthcare reform

    Please click here to see chair vacancies.

    Interested in posting a job on the website or in the newsletter?
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President's Message

I am humbled to be selected as your President for 2023-2024.

I’d like to extend my gratitude to Erika Saunders, MD for her exceptional leadership. Erika guided this organization through significant change as our much beloved Frances Bell announced her desire to step down. Additionally, Erika led us out of the pandemic shutdowns and back from virtual meetings to live sessions. I am grateful for her consistency in the face of change, her strong leadership, and her mentorship of me. I am honored to call her my friend.

AACDP is uniquely our organization.

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Faces of AACDP



Fall Meeting                                      September 10-11, 2024
American Psychiatric Association Headquarters, Washington D.C.
Registration/Agenda posted here 6/20/24

Spring Meeting                                    
Friday, May 16, 2025
Location TBD

AACDP Executive Office | PO Box 30413 | Indianapolis, IN 46230
Phone: 317-407-1173 | Email: exec@aacdp.org

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