Distinguished Fellowship is awarded to outstanding psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to the psychiatric profession in at least five of the following areas: administration, teaching, scientific and scholarly publications, volunteering in mental health and medical activities of social significance, community involvement, as well as for clinical excellence. Distinguished Fellow is the highest membership honor the APA bestows upon members.

  • Fellow status is an honor that reflects your dedication to the work of the APA and signifies your allegiance to the psychiatric profession.
  • You are recognized by your colleagues in the Association as a member of a very select group.
  • All newly appointed Fellows are publicly recognized at the Convocation of Distinguished Fellows, which is held every year during APA’s Annual Meeting.
  • You receive a lapel pin in recognition of your status.