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American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit professional association in the United States dedicated to facilitating psychiatric care for children and adolescents. The Academy is headquartered in Washington, D.C.[1][2] Various levels of membership are available to physicians specialized in child psychiatry or pediatrics, as well as medical students interested in the field, in the United States and abroad.[3]

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Formation1953
Typeprofessional association
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
Location
Membership
7,500
Official language
English
2018-Present President
Gabrielle 'Gabby" Carlson, M.D.
Websiteaacap.org

Established in 1953 as the American Academy of Child Psychiatry (AACP),[4] it became the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) in 1989.[4]

Dr. William Ayres,a highly respected psychiatrist, served as president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from 1993 to 1995.[5] Prosecutors’ first effort to convict Ayres of sexually molesting his underage psychiatric patients ended in mistrial after jurors deadlocked in 2009 due to claims of dementia making him mentally incompetent to stand trial. In 2012, a forensic psychiatrist at Napa State Hospital, after gathering evidence from Ayres’ daily interactions with staff, charged he had been using his knowledge of psychiatry to fake his symptoms of dementia. In 2013 he was convicted of eight felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child and sentenced to 8 years in prison. [6] [7]

PublicationsEdit

Since 1962, the AACAP has published its monthly journal, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). There have been concerns about industry-sponsored clinical trials published in the journal. JAACAP editors have repeatedly declined to retract the journal's 2001 article on study 329, a clinical trial examining paroxetine and teenagers. The trial was sponsored by, and ghostwritten on behalf of, SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline), and is widely regarded as having downplayed the trial's negative results.[8][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About Us". AACAP. Archived from the original on 21 April 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Contact Us". Archived from the original on 21 April 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Who can become a member?". AACAP. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
  4. ^ a b Barthel, RP (2007), "The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry", Academic Psychiatry, 31 (2): 119–121, doi:10.1176/appi.ap.31.2.119, PMID 17344448.
  5. ^ Coté, John (7 August 2007). "Retired child psychiatrist facing molest charges was never far from controversy". SFGate. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  6. ^ Kramer, Ken (6 July 2018). "Victims and their Families Hug and Rejoice as California Psychiatrist William Ayres is Led Off to Jail". PsychSearch. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Peninsula child psychiatrist William Ayres sentenced to eight years for molesting patients". The Mercury News. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  8. ^ Isabel Heck, "Controversial Paxil paper still under fire 13 years later", The Brown Daily Herald, 2 April 2014.
  9. ^ Melanie Newman, "The Rules of Retraction", BMJ, 341(7785), 11 December 2010, pp. 1246–1248. doi:10.1136/bmj.c6985 PMID 21138994

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