WHAT IS AAPAL?

The AAPAL is dedicated to assisting leaders in the field of psychiatry and psychiatric administration...
• to enrich the therapeutic environment in which services are provided for mental,
substance use, or developmental disorders.
• to apply administrative theories effectively within the full range of practice arenas and psychiatric subspecialities.
• to enhance efficiency, effectiveness, consumer satisfaction, and humanity in all facets of service delivery
• to provide consultation, educational resources, and support through the membership network and to serve as a resource for other psychiatrists and behavioral health administrators who strive for excellence in psychiatric administration and management.

OUR MISSION

Members of the AAPA

  • are connected and supported through a nationwide network of new and experienced psychiatric administrators.

  • receive training through AAPA-sponsored lectures, workshops, and courses explicitly designed for psychiatric administrators.

  • promote achievement in psychiatric administration and awareness through AAPA-sponsored awards.

  • support continuing education and reward excellence in psychiatric administration by co-sponsoring lectures and awards with the APA Committee on Psychiatric Administration and Management.

  • develop skills through AAPA-sponsored workshops and programs annually at the APA Meetings and the Institutes of Psychiatric Services.

  • advocate for improved mental health care delivery by addressing leadership and management issues.

  • exchange valuable information through the quarterly Psychiatrist Administrator, the official publication of the American Association for Psychiatric Administrators.

  • benefit from the knowledge and experience of expert members and guest speakers at the AAPA luncheon held during the APA’s annual meeting.

  • assist with the preparation of psychiatrists for the APA Certification Examination in Psychiatric Administration and Management.

  • create a forum to discuss issues and to convey matters of interest to the community regarding mental health care delivery.

  • address issues relevant to the education of psychiatry residents in the theory and practice of administration.

BOARD MEMBERS

VICTOR BUWALDA, MD, PhD

President

TOBIAS WASSER, MD

President-Elect

JAMES RACHAL, MD

 Secretary Treasurer

MANISH SAPRA, MD

Immediate Past President and Chair of Nominating Committee

JOHN ELGIN WILKAITIS, MD, MBA, CPE, DFAPA, DFAACAP, FASAM

Councilor

WAYNE CREELMAN, MD

Councilor

BARRY HERMAN, MD, MMM

Councilor and APA Assembly Liaison

LUMING LI, MD

Councilor

WESLEY SOWERS, MD, MMM

Councilor

ELIZABETH FAM, MD

MIT Representative

ROBERT RYMOWICZ, MD

MIT Representative

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MARIA BODIC, MD

NY Representative

CHADEN NOUREDDINE

Medical Student Representative

SY SAEED, MD

Emeritus Member

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