Criteria for Development Panel Members: Clinical Practice Guidelines Development*

It is anticipated that each guidelines development panel will comprise at least seven (7) members. Each panel is constituted to develop one guideline. Development panel members ideally serve on only one active panel at a time although they may serve on more than one over the course of time. Each development panel will be led by a chair. Chairs will be selected by the Advisory Steering Committee. As always, nominees who will enhance the diversity of the development panels are encouraged to apply.

The guidelines development panels will consist of at least:

  1. Three topic area content experts
  2. One full-time generalist practitioner
  3. One patient/consumer advocate
  4. One biostatistician or methodologist
  5. One member of the Advisory Steering Committee (ex officio)

Among the content experts, a breadth of perspectives shall be represented and include both researchers and practitioners. Content experts will need knowledge in diversity, special populations (e.g. older adults, children), psychopathology, disparities (e.g. race/ethnicity, age, income, gender) and guidelines development. At least one expert shall be from a discipline other than psychology.

Note: If the Advisory Steering Committee believes that one or more of these areas requires more expertise, they have the authority to select additional members for the development panels.

In addition to the qualifications above, background or expertise in one or more of the following areas may be useful to the panel:

  • Clinical practice guidelines development
  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Systematic reviews
  • Experience with clinical trials
  • Contemporary methods for evaluation of psychological and behavioral interventions
  • Dissemination/implementation research
  • Relevant expertise in research design and statistical analysis
  • Experience applying clinical practice guidelines in practice settings
  • Experience applying evidence-based practices in clinical settings
  • Direct provision of psychological care in diverse practice settings or with diverse populations
  • Patient/ consumer perspective
  • Federal agency policies and programs related to guidelines
  • Health care systems finance or administration
  • Public health research and applications
  • Public and community health delivery systems

Depression and obesity will be first topics of APA clinical treatment guidelines 

* Note: APA has adopted new terminology aimed at bringing its labeling of guidelines in accord with that of other health care organizations. The term "clinical treatment guidelines" has been replaced by "clinical practice guidelines." Further, the term "practice guidelines" has been replaced by "professional practice guidelines." Clinical practice guidelines are focused on specific disorders and interventions, while professional practice guidelines are mainly concerned with how practice is conducted with particular populations or in particular settings.