AADCAP is composed of the heads of child and adolescent psychiatry programs 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). AADCAP helps heads of child and adolescent psychiatry strengthen their existing programs, patient care, and research. AADCAP provides a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas between the child and adolescent psychiatry program directors in medical schools in the United States and elsewhere for the purposes of:

  • Enhancing the growth and development of child and adolescent psychiatry as a discipline;
  • Strengthening graduate and postgraduate medical education, patient care and research in the area of child and adolescent psychiatry; and
  • Providing appropriate liaison between academic child and adolescent psychiatry as represented by the membership and administrative persons and organizations in medical education (e.g., departments of psychiatry, medical school deans, and specialty boards), government, research, and health care delivery to forward our objectives.

The strength of AADCAP is in its collaborations, fellowship, and advocacy efforts that have a positive impact on our profession.

AADCAP celebrated its 50th anniversary in New Orleans.  Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting!  

Be sure to mark your calendar for our annual Dessert Reception, Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. in Seguin A Room of the Grand Hyatt San Antonio during AACAP's annual meeting. Please plan to attend and catch up with your colleagues. 

If you are interested in learning more about AADCAP, please contact Earl Magee (info@aadcap.org) or me.

Karen D. Wagner, MD, PhD




Dues:  $200
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Name Change Vote 
Vote ended on: July 3, 2015, 11:59:59 p.m.  The membership agreed to change the organization's name from the Society of Professors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (SPCAP) to the American Association of Directors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AADCAP).

Executive Committee
Conference Call
Friday, September 11, 2015
1:00-2:00 pm EDT

AADCAP Annual Dessert Reception
(during AACAP's Annual Meeting)
Thursday, October 29, 2015
8:00-10:00 p.m.
Seguin A Room
Grand Hyatt San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
2016 Annual Meeting
(in conjunction with AACAP's Legislative Conference)
April 14-16, 2016
50th Anniversary Celebration
April 30 - May 3, 2015
(presentations uploaded)
"Challenges Facing 
Division Directors"

Members attending the
50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
(photo compliments of
Jim Harris, MD)
by Jim Harris, MD

new members . . .

Jennifer Havens, MD
Chief of Service and Director, Dept of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY

Kathy Smith, MD
Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ