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Scientific Program Committee

The Scientific Program Committee, overseen by APA's Office of Scientific Program within the Division of Education, evaluates abstract submissions for the Annual Meeting and curates the scientific program. Over 2,000 abstracts were submitted by some of the most brilliant minds in mental health. The program is set to include a total of 300 scientific sessions, 3 plenary sessions, and 1,000 posters. The committee is instrumental in recommending and assembling key invited speakers, as well as new offerings, to produce the meeting's high-caliber educational content.

APA President

Vivian Pender, M.D.


  • Catherine Crone, M.D.
  • Josepha Cheong, M.D.
  • Eric Williams, M.D.


  • Iqbal Ahmed, M.D.
  • Lama Bazzi, M.D.
  • Frank Clark, M.D.
  • Carlyle Chan, M.D.
  • Nancy Diazgranados, M.D.
  • Jacqueline Maus Feldman, M.D.
  • Vikas Gupta, M.D.
  • Helen Lavretsky, M.D.
  • Lawrence Malak, M.D.
  • Jessica Mayer, M.D.
  • Adrienne Mishkin, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Uchenna Okoye, M.D.
  • Art C. Walaszek, M.D.
  • Ronald Winchel, M.D.


  • Jonathan Avery, M.D.
  • David Beckert, M.D.
  • Robert Boland, M.D.
  • Danielle Hairston, M.D.
  • Abhisek Chandan Khandai, M.D., M.S.
  • John Luo, M.D.
  • Michael Myers, M.D.
  • Philip R. Muskin, M.D., M.A.
  • Edmond Pi, M.D.
  • Jacqueline Posada, M.D.
  • Steven Starks, M.D.
  • Nhi-Ha T. Trinh, M.D., M.P.H.

Corresponding Members

  • Margarita Abi Zeid Daou, M.D.
  • Xiaoduo Fan, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Bernardo Ng, M.D.
  • Patrick O'Neill, M.D.
  • Rachel Trusty, PGY3

Ex Officio

Sarah Vinson, M.D.

APA Leadership and Administration work year-round to coordinate the Annual Meeting, orchestrating logistics for 300 scientific sessions, 1000 posters, and courses in addition to an exhibit hall, and every other detail, both large and small, to ensure a successful experience for each attendee.

CEO and Medical Director's Office

Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A.
Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director

Division of Education

Cheretta Clerkley, M.B.A.
Acting Chief and Managing Director

Office of Scientific Programs

  • Leon Lewis
  • Austin DeMarco
    Associate Director
  • Christopher Salazar
    Project Manager
  • Brittany Bullamore
    Project Coordinator

Meetings and Conventions

  • Paula Schneider
  • Alida Roberts, CMP
    Associate Director, Logistics
  • Cristina Adames, DES
    Registration & Meetings Manager
  • Vernetta Copeland
    Associate Director, Exhibit and Sponsorship Sales
  • Kate McCullough
    Exhibits Specialist
  • Traci Williams
    Associate Director, Meetings and Events

Communications and Marketing

  • Ryan Vanderbilt
    Marketing and Membership Officer
  • Ginnie Titterton
    Director, Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

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