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Fellow status in the American Psychological Association is formal recognition by professional peers that an individual has achieved great distinction in his or her field.

Policies and Criteria

Fellow status requires that a person’s work has had a national impact on the field beyond local, state, or regional levels. A high level of competence or steady and continuing contributions are not sufficient solely to warrant Fellow status. In order to demonstrate outstanding contributions or performance in clinical child and adolescent psychology, the applicant must be able to provide:

  • Documentation of sustained contributions or performance in clinical child and adolescent psychology over a period of a minimum of ten (10) years
  • Evidence of distinctive contributions to clinical child and adolescent psychology that are recognized by others as excellent
  • Data exhibiting a documented impact beyond the immediate setting in which the candidate/nominee works

There is no single criterion upon which approval for Fellow status can be based for a recommendation to the APA Membership Committee and APA Council of Representatives. Examples of such contributions include:

  • Strong impact of publication on the particular area of clinical child and adolescent psychology
  • Strong impact through community service or teaching
  • Work that has been cited by others
  • Presentation of papers
  • Chairing symposia
  • Conducting workshops
  • Holding office in psychological organizations
  • Influencing legislation or policy
  • Receiving awards or grants
  • Documented innovations in clinical child and adolescent psychology
  • Production of empirically supported interventions

Single or even repeated performance of these activities is expected of a noteworthy professional.

Fellow status is awarded based on long-term impact and broad achievement contributing to the science and practice of clinical child and adolescent psychology.

The Society seeks to recognize a variety of exceptional contributions that significantly advance the field of clinical child and adolescent psychology including, but not limited to:

  • Theory Development
  • Research
  • Evaluation
  • Teaching
  • Intervention
  • Policy Development and Implementation
  • Advocacy
  • Consultation
  • Program Development
  • Administration and Service
  • Model Service Delivery
  • Empirically Supported Clinical Applications

Minimum Qualifications

Prior to applying, applicants for Fellow status should meet the following minimum qualifications:

  1. The receipt of a doctoral degree based in part on a psychological dissertation or from a program primarily psychological in nature
  2. Prior membership as an APA Member for at least one year and a Member of SCCAP, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  3. Active engagement at the time of nomination/application in the advancement of psychology in any of its aspects
  4. Ten years of acceptable professional experience subsequent to the granting of the doctoral degree
  5. Supporting letters from at least three SCCAP Fellows who are familiar with the applicant’s work with supportive statements attesting specifically to significant contributions to psychology and to clinical child and adolescent psychology for Initial (new) APA Fellows. Letters are NOT required for current Fellows in APA who were previously elected through other Divisions.
  6. Self-statement identifying applicant’s significant contributions to psychology in general, and to clinical child and adolescent psychology in particular, with a curriculum vita in which these contributions are highlighted. The self-statement should address the criteria elaborated in the Policies and Criteria section above

Additional information about APA Fellow Status is available at

Application Procedure

Completed materials need to be submitted no later than December 1st for consideration during the next cycle. Applications are reviewed by the SCCAP Fellows Committee, and if the review is positive, the Fellows Chair forwards supporting materials to the APA Membership Committee in February. The APA Membership Committee then decides whether to endorse the application and forwards it to the Board of Directors and Council of Representatives for a vote at the annual meeting.

The application and submission process differs for initial (new) APA Fellows and current APA Fellows who were previously elected through another division.

Initial APA Fellows will complete their application electronically through APA’s website. They must meet all six minimum qualifications and steps that are addressed above. Note that there is a requirement for initial Fellow applicants to obtain three endorsements from current SCCAP Fellows. A list of SCCAP Fellows and the Fellows Committee members is provided below.

Current APA Fellows will submit their application materials via an email attachment sent to the Director of Operations ( They must meet the minimum qualifications described above, but do not need supporting letters as described in #5 above. Their self-statement will attest that they have met criteria #1 to #4. They will state their APA membership number and the division(s) through which they have previously been elected to APA Fellowship. The remainder of the self-statement will elaborate on the criteria as described in #6 above. All submitted material must be in one emailed PDF document by the December 1st deadline.

Please contact Steven Meyers (, chair of the SCCAP Fellows Committee, with any questions.

Current Fellows

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