The American Psychological Association (APA) Board of Education Affairs (BEA) and the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP) are seeking nominations to fill two seats on the Designation Committee for Postdoctoral Education and Training Programs in Psychopharmacology for Prescriptive Authority (RxP Designation Committee). Each appointment will serve a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Committee members shall meet once a year in the fall and may work, as needed, throughout the year via email and conference calls. The primary task of the committee is to review applications from training programs in psychopharmacology seeking to be designated by the APA.

The deadline for all nominations is Aug. 25, 2017. If you are interested in serving on the committee, or know of someone else who would be qualified for this position, please send nominations, along with the below-described information, to Catherine Grus, PhD. Please note that nominators of other individuals are responsible for ensuring that these materials are submitted.

Candidate Criteria

We welcome nominations of individuals who have expertise in any of the following domains:

  • Psychopharmacology postdoctoral program directors.
  • Basic psychopharmacology science or clinical psychopharmacology research.
  • Prescriptive authority in psychology.
  • Prescriptive authority in another health care profession.
  • Health care system quality assurance.

Other areas of interest are developmental psychopharmacology, integrated health care systems, and ethnic/cultural factors that can influence psychopharmacological decision-making. The RxP Designation Committee is composed of one public member seat (currently occupied) and five member seats comprised of psychologists who are APA members. The committee especially welcomes early career psychologists (psychologists who are within 10 years of the receipt of their doctoral degree) who otherwise meet the categories noted above. Appointments to the committee are made jointly by BEA and CAPP, and confirmed by the APA Board of Directors. Those appointed to the committee will be notified in writing.

Nominees, if appointed, agree to dedicate the time necessary to fulfill their responsibility to the committee including but not limited to work between meetings, reviewing documents and applications, responding to requests from APA staff in a timely manner, and attendance at all meetings.

Candidate Submission Materials

  • Letter indicating the individual’s willingness to serve if selected.
  • 300-word description of qualifications as relates to the areas of expertise noted above.
  • If applicable, indication that they qualify as an early career psychologist (ECP), as defined above.
  • Current curriculum vita.