Upfront

APA's Board of Directors has named 11 scientists and clinicians to serve on the panel that will draft guidelines for the treatment of obesity and another 11 to serve on the panel that will draft guidelines for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. These are the second and third development panels to be established within APA's clinical practice guidelines development initiative (for more, see "Treatment guidelines now under way," in the December 2011 Monitor.)The members of the obesity panel are:

  • Jamy Darone Ard, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • Gary Bennett, PhD, Duke University.
  • Phillip Brantley, PhD, Louisiana State University.
  • Leonard Epstein, PhD, SUNY, University at Buffalo.
  • Barbara Fiese, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Jane Gray, PhD, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas.
  • Maria Llabre, PhD (chair), University of Miami.
  • Michelle Polfuss, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC/PC, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
  • Hollie Raynor, PhD, RD, LDN, University of Tennessee.
  • Delia Smith West, PhD, University of Arkansas.
  • Denise Wilfley, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis.

The members of the PTSD panel are:

  • Laura Brown, PhD, Fremont Community Therapy Project.
  • Joan Cook, PhD, Yale School of Medicine.
  • Christine Courtois, PhD (chair), Courtois and Associates.
  • John Fairbank, PhD, Duke University.
  • Matthew Friedman, MD, PhD, Dartmouth Medical School.
  • Joseph Gone, PhD, University of Michigan.
  • Devon Hinton, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School.
  • Russell Jones, PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
  • Annette La Greca, PhD, University of Miami.
  • Priscilla Schulz, LCSW-C, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
  • Jeffrey Sonis, MD, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

More information about APA's development of clinical practice guidelines, including the backgrounds of each panel member, can be found on the project website. You can also email questions.

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 The term "clinical treatment guidelines" has been replaced by "clinical practice guidelines." Further, the term "practice guidelines" has been replaced by "professional practice guidelines."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.