APA Clinical Practice Guideline Development

Clinical practice guidelines provide research-based recommendations for the treatment of particular disorders. They generally include assessments of the strength of the current scientific evidence for each recommendation.

APA has not previously developed clinical practice guidelines, but in 2010 initiated a process for producing such guidelines. (APA has previously produced professional practice guidelines which address psychological practice with particular populations or in particular areas without focusing on specific disorders or treatments.)

Updates and news about APA's progress in developing clinical practice guidelines are provided by the APA Practice Organization and APA's Monitor on Psychology.

Contact the clinical practice guidelines team for additional information.

Advisory Steering Committee for the Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines

The advisory steering committee, appointed by the APA Board of Directors, is overseeing the process of guidelines development.

In addition, the advisory steering committee is developing a manual of procedures to describe the process that APA is following for guidelines development.

Meeting agendas and summaries of the advisory steering committee are available online.

Members of the 2011-15 committee:
  • Chair: Steven D. Hollon, PhD, Vanderbilt University
  • Gregory Aarons, PhD, University of California, San Diego
  • Barbara L. Andersen, PhD, The Ohio State University
  • Patricia A. Areán, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
  • Michelle G. Craske, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Kermit A. Crawford, PhD, Boston University Medical Campus
  • Daniel R. Kivlahan, PhD, Mental Health Services, Veterans Health Administration
  • Jason Satterfield, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
  • Thomas L. Sexton, PhD, ABPP, Indiana University
Call for Nominations:

The advisory steering committee will periodically seek nominations of individuals to serve on guideline development panels. Details will be provided for any calls for nominations as they become available.

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 The term "clinical treatment guidelines" has been replaced by "clinical practice guidelines." Further, the term "practice guidelines" has been replaced by "professional practice guidelines."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