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.

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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

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VICTOR BUWALDA, MD, PhD

President

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TOBIAS WASSER, MD

President-Elect

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JAMES RACHAL, MD

 Secretary Treasurer

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MANISH SAPRA, MD

Immediate Past President and Chair of Nominating Committee

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

Councilor

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WAYNE CREELMAN, MD

Councilor

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BARRY HERMAN, MD, MMM

Councilor and APA Assembly Liaison

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LUMING LI, MD

Councilor

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WESLEY SOWERS, MD, MMM

Councilor

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ELIZABETH FAM, MD

MIT Representative

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ROBERT RYMOWICZ, MD

MIT Representative

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MARIA BODIC, MD

NY Representative

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CHADEN NOUREDDINE

Medical Student Representative

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SY SAEED, MD

Emeritus Member