Join an AACAP Committee

We want you to become an AACAP resident committee member!
AACAP recommends each committee have two resident positions. Resident committee members provide a valuable interface between implementing the goals of AACAP and the needs of current residents in child and adolescent psychiatry. Residents are encouraged to attend committee meetings during the Annual Meeting to meet co-chairs and learn more about committee projects. Most committee meetings are open to all AACAP members. Enhance your career by serving on a committee!

What is a committee?
Committees are comprised of child and adolescent psychiatrist members. Committees are charged by AACAP leadership to create specific objectives and deliverables designed to advance the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. Read full descriptions of all AACAP Committees (accessible to AACAP members only). Please note, appointment to committees is highly competitive and not guaranteed.

How many individuals can serve on a committee?
Committees can have a maximum of 13 members, including co-chairs and resident members.

Why serve on an AACAP committee?
Serving on a committee is a great way to advance your career and experience a unique opportunity to further the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. As a resident committee member, you will have the ability to advocate for the most pressing issues in the profession, while building leadership skills and knowledge in your areas of interest. Through committee affiliation, you will network with senior AACAP members and develop collegial relationships that often result in advancement of career goals and opportunities.

What are the responsibilities of resident committee members?
Responsibilities vary by committee. Please view the activity of all committees by accessing the annual reports. All committees convene during the AACAP Annual Meeting in October of each year. Additional time commitments include participating in conference calls and working on projects via email throughout the year. Resident members are required to attend meetings and participate in all committee activities. While resident members are non-voting members, this group's participation and input is essential to the productivity of each committee.

Who is eligible to serve on a committee?
AACAP child and adolescent psychiatry residents, triple board residents, and post-pediatric portal residents, who are not already serving on another committee, are eligible. General psychiatry residents may apply to serve on a committee; however, child and adolescent psychiatry residents receive priority appointments.

How long are resident member terms on committees?
Child and adolescent psychiatry residents are appointed for an initial two-year term, with the possibility of additional reappointments. The AACAP President and committee co-chairs reserve the right to remove committee members at any time.

When do terms begin?
Terms are dated from and through the conclusion of the October Annual Meeting.

How do I apply to serve on a committee?

  • Find the list of committees with resident openings by emailing
  • Email your committee application with the following information to
    1. The committee(s) you are interested in joining (you may choose up to three)
    2. Curriculum vitae (CV); and
    3. Letter of interest on why you would like to become more involved in AACAP by serving on this committee, and why you chose this committee.

Please note, the committee appointment process occurs every year between July and October. Appointment and reappointment notification letters are sent electronically in September.