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New Orleans, LA – Martin J. Drell, MD, the Carl Adatto Professor of Community Psychiatry and Head of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine, has been elected President-Elect of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). He will be installed at the end of the AACAP’s annual national meeting in Hawaii in October. Dr. Drell will serve as President-Elect for two years at which time he will become President for a two-year term.

The AACAP, a non-profit organization, was established in 1953. It is a membership based organization, composed of over 7,500 child and adolescent psychiatrists and other interested physicians. Its members actively research, evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders and pride themselves on giving direction to and responding quickly to new developments in addressing the health care needs of children and their families. The AACAP widely distributes information in an effort to promote an understanding of mental illnesses and remove the stigma associated with them; advance efforts in prevention of mental illnesses, and assure proper treatment and access to services for children and adolescents. The Academy provides practice guidelines, continual review and development of training curricula for child and adolescent psychiatry training programs, and government liaison and education to respond to national concerns over health care and socioeconomic issues affecting children.

Dr. Drell has been actively involved in the AACAP for the past 25 years. During that time, he has served as Treasurer (two terms), Assembly Chair (two terms), at-large member of the Council, Chair of the Infancy Committee, as well as being a member of numerous other committees and task forces.

Dr. Drell has also served as President of two other national professional organizations – the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training, and the Society of Professors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He joined the faculty of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine in 1987.


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