Task Force on Serious Mental Illness and Severe Emotional Disturbance

The Task Force on Serious Mental Illness and Severe Emotional Disturbance (TFSMI/SED) was established in 1994 by the APA Council of Representatives.

The goals of the Task Force include:

  • Defining and supporting the unique contributions of psychologists in working with these populations within the changing mental health marketplace.
  • Making recommendations to CAPP concerning practice, research and training issues in the treatment of SMI and SED.
  • Strengthening relationships with consumer groups, family groups and other advocacy groups.
  • Identifying ways that psychologists can function most effectively in treating individuals with SMI and SED in organized systems of care.
  • Finding ways to emphasize and publicize to the public the fact that psychologists have major contributions to make in the recovery process for individuals diagnosed with SMI and SED.
  • Identifying practical community-based alternatives to institutionalization.

Staff Liaisons


  • 2015 Chair: Susan McCammon, PhD (2013-15)

  • 2015 Chair-elect: Susan A. Pickett, PhD (2013-15)

  • Amy Cohen, PhD (2016)

  • Arthur C. Evans, PhD (2015)
    CAPP liaison

  • Joseph Fisher, PsyD (2017)

  • Steven Genden, PhD (2016)

  • Bruce Graunke, PhD (2016)

  • Mary Jansen, PhD (2015)

  • Robert W. Johnson, PhD (2017)

  • Karen Kangas, EdD (2016)

  • Robert T. Kinscherff, PhD, JD
    BPA liaison

  • William A. Newbill, PhD (2016)

  • Jeffrey Nolting, PhD (2016)

  • Lisa Razzano, PhD (2016)

  • Sandra G. Resnick, PhD (2015)

  • Linda M. Richardson, PhD (2017)

  • Kiara G. Vogel, MS (2015)

Additional Resources

Symposium: The Affordable Care Act — Implications for People with Serious Mental Illness
Symposium: Helping People with SMI Recover — 21st Century Attitudes, Interventions and Tools for Psychologists
TFSMI Full-day CE Workshop — Recent Advances in Evidence-Based Practices to Help People Recover from Serious Mental Illness
APA Convention 2010, Symposium: Serious Mental Illness — Emerging Interventions and New Training Models for Psychologists