Distinguished Fellow

Distinguished Fellowship is awarded to outstanding psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to the psychiatric profession in at least five of the following areas:

  1. Administration
  2. Teaching
  3. Scientific and scholarly publications
  4. Volunteering in mental health and medical activities of social significance
  5. Community involvement
  6. Clinical excellence
  7. Distinguished Fellow is the highest membership honor the APA bestows upon members. Application is by invitation only. The list of eligible members will be available after the first of the year.

To be nominated for Distinguished Fellow status, contact your local district branch or state association for information regarding the Distinguished Fellow process.

Fellowship with the APA

Being a Fellow is an honorary designation created by the APA’s Membership Committee and Board of Trustees to recognize career members who have demonstrated allegiance to their profession and commitment to the work of the Association.

Some nomination requirements for Fellowship merit special attention:

  • Successful applicants must be members in good standing with the APA.
  • Curriculum vitae are not acceptable as an alternative to placing information on the application.  This information should be included within each numbered section of the nomination form.  Do not submit your CV.
  • Certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or the American Osteopathic Association.
  • Applications must be received in the APA office in the Arlington, Va., office no later than September 1 each year.  Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted or considered for review.  Please do not send your applications to the APPA office in Montgomery.

General Fellow Application

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