I am running for Recorder of the Assembly of APA

I have served in the APA Assembly for the past 10 years as a representative from Northern California. For the past 7 years, I have also been editing and publishing the Assembly Notes, a digest of the events and actions of each Assembly meeting since 2013. (The link will take you to a complete archive of all past issues.) During my tenure, I have heard from several of my fellow representatives and from the leaders of the APA on the importance of having these Notes available in reporting back to District Branch leadership and members on the activities of the Assembly and of the APA leadership. The value of communication between leadership and membership is vital to the continuing success of the Assembly and APA, and I am pleased to be an important part of this.

As I have gained experience in the Assembly, I have been pleased to have authored and co-authored several Action Papers which have either been approved or which have influenced other actions taken by the Assembly. I have enjoyed the opportunity to assist other representatives in getting their Action Papers crafted, vetted, and approved. I have always been an active proponent of assuring that the will of APA members gains the attention of APA leadership through the work of the Assembly. As I said last year, when I was also a candidate for APA Assembly Recorder: the Assembly IS the voice of the APA members.

In consulting with several former Recorders and Speakers of the Assembly, I asked what they believed to be important to Assembly representatives during their tenures in office. They raised many issues, but a couple of consistent themes emerged. One is a recurring concern about follow up and execution on Action Items approved by the Assembly as they are funneled to the Joint Resolution Committee (JRC) and other components within the APA. Each Recorder in recent years has taken on this challenge, and progress has been made. In applying critical analysis to the efforts in previous years, I am developing some ideas that I hope will finally close the gap between actions of the Assembly and implementation by the greater APA organization. Stay tuned for more on this.

Another often mentioned theme has been the need for a strong voice in the Assembly to continue carrying its message to committees and leadership of the APA. I am grateful to have the endorsements and support of several current and former leaders within the Assembly and the elsewhere in the APA for my candidacy as someone who has a reputation for being a “strong voice”. Your vote and support for me will ensure that I continue to serve as a strong voice in support of your efforts as a representative to the APA Assembly.

Bona Fides

  • Practicing Psychiatrist for 30 years
  • APA member since 1988; Past President of Sacramento Psychiatric Association; Past President of East Bay Psychiatric Association; Past President of Marin Psychiatric Association; Council Member of California Psychiatric Association; Past President of Northern California Psychiatric Society (NCPS); Assembly Representative for NCPS since 2010; member of Assembly Rules Committee since 2012
  • MD License California; Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry
  • Private Practice in Mill Valley California; voted Best Psychiatrist in Marin County 2017, 2018
  • Medical Director of La Cheim Behavioral Health Service in Oakland, California
  • Governor’s Appointee to the California Mental Health Planning Council
  • Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Marin General Hospital; Founder/Medical Director of C/L and Emergency Psychiatry Services; Medical Director of Outpatient Psychiatric Services
  • Assistant Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco/ Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute; Psychiatry C/L Service; Psychiatrist Consultant to Medical Intensive Case Management team at San Francisco General Hospital
  • Founder and Medical Director of Psychiatric Homeless Project in San Francisco – providing direct psychiatric services to homeless persons “on the street” and at several collaborative partnership treatment settings
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Davis Medical School; Medical Director of the Sacramento County Jail Psychiatry Program
  • Attending Psychiatrist at VAMC Clinics in Martinez and Oakland, CA
  • USAF Psychiatrist at Travis AFB, David Grant USAF Medical Center, 60th Med Grp during Operation Desert Storm; Medical Director of Inpatient Unit, Outpatient Clinic, Consult/Liaison Psychiatry Service; Officer in charge of Quality Assurance; Officer in charge of Departmental Medical Education; Recipient USAF Commendation Medal

I look forward to your support in this election. Please vote for me for Recorder of the APA Assembly.

-Adam Nelson, MD for Assembly Recorder