Call for Nominations
Advisory Steering Committee for
Development of Clinical Treatment Guidelines

At its February 2010 meeting, the APA Council of Representatives voted to approve APA development of clinical treatment guidelines and, as a first step, creation of an Advisory Steering Committee that will finalize details of the development of clinical treatment guidelines.

The Board of Professional Affairs (BPA), Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) and Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP) are seeking nominations for psychologists to serve on the Advisory Steering Committee that will oversee APA’s process to develop clinical treatment guidelines.

The Advisory Steering Committee will be composed of six (6) members, each serving a 3-year term. Advisory Steering Committee members can serve two 3-year terms, for a maximum of six consecutive years. Initial terms will be staggered in length so that only two members will be replaced every year. Initially, two members will be appointed to 2-year terms, two members will be appointed to 3-year terms and two members will be appointed to 4-year terms.

All nominees should have ten (10) or more years of professional experience in clinical practice or clinical research (or combination thereof), and documented expertise in the arena of guidelines or evidence-based treatment development or implementation. Additionally, nominees should be nationally recognized via peer reviewed publications, professional awards, advanced credentials, or involvement in national professional organizations. As always, nominees who will enhance the diversity of the Advisory Steering Committee are desirable.

In addition to the qualifications above, candidates should have a strong background or expertise in one or more of the following:

  • Clinical treatment guidelines development
  • Direct provision of psychological care in diverse practice settings or with diverse populations
  • Systematic reviews
  • Federal agency policies and programs related to guidelines
  • Contemporary methods for evaluation of psychotherapy and assessment processes
  • Experience applying clinical treatment guidelines in practice settings
  • Experience applying evidence-based practices in clinical settings
  • Dissemination/implementation research
  • Health care systems finance or administration
  • Public health issues and settings
  • Experience with clinical trials
  • Comparative effectiveness research

Candidate material will be reviewed by the BPA, BSA and CAPP. A final list of qualified candidates from which the Advisory Steering Committee will be selected will be provided to the Board of Directors for appointment. BPA, BSA and CAPP will develop the final list of qualified candidates by attending to multiple areas of expertise, as well as experience working with diverse patient populations (across race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, class status, education, religious/spiritual orientation, and other cultural dimensions, as well as adult, adolescent and child patient populations) and within a wide array of clinical settings.

The Advisory Steering Committee will initially work closely with the Clinical Treatment Guidelines Staff Working Group (comprised of APA staff from the Practice and Science Directorates) to finalize details of the development process and address any outstanding concerns posed by BPA, BSA, CAPP and/or the Board of Directors. The work of the Advisory Steering Committee will include: identification of priority areas for clinical treatment guidelines, development of the format for guidelines, and determination of the scope of scientific reviews needed. The Advisory Steering Committee will work closely with governance to create guideline development panels for specific disorders. Communication of progress and milestones to the Board of Directors and governance is anticipated on a regular basis.

Letters of nomination should clearly describe the candidate's specific expertise and qualifications relative to the criteria provided above. Nomination materials should include a letter from the nominee indicating willingness to serve a minimum 3-year term, a brief statement of the nominee's qualifications relative to criteria provided, and a current curriculum vita. Candidates should demonstrate a clear commitment to translation of research into practice. Current members of BPA, BSA and CAPP are not eligible to serve on this committee. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations and supporting materials should be directed to Clinical Treatment Guidelines Project Team c/o APA Practice Directorate by May 1, 2010.