Texas Society of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

The Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (TSCAP), a Regional Council of The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, was founded in October 1966 and Incorporated in 1967 as a nonprofit organization. The society is dedicated to the care and treatment of mental illness specializing in children and adolescents.

TSCAP is governed by its Executive Committee, elected by the membership. Currently, there are 500 plus trained and licensed psychiatric physician (MD/DO) members.

The objectives of TSCAP are as follows:

A. to provide a forum for the discussion of subjects related to normal growth and development and normal emotional needs of children and adolescents.
B. to provide a forum for discussion of subjects related to pathological states of children and adolescents.
C. to provide the means for the exchange of ideas, relative to the resources and needs of this state and region.
D. to provide a discussion group for the advancement of child and adolescent psychiatry.
E. to promote those professions and fields allied to child and adolescent psychiatry which endeavor to meet the emotional needs of children and adolescents.
F. to provide information, opinion, and research capacity, to advocate for the maintenance of established resources, and to promote the establishment of practices which contribute to the mental health of children and adolescents.
G. to facilitate communication with other organizations of child and adolescent psychiatrists.

LEADERSHIP 2022-2023


PresidentLaura Stone, MD (2023-24)
President-ElectAndrew Diederich, MD (2023-24)
Secretary/TreasurerJoseph Shotwell, MD (2023-24)
Immediate Past PresidentDebra Atkisson, MD (2023-24)



James Norcross, MD (2021-24)Catherine Karni, MD (2022-25)
Mrudula Rao, MD (2022-25) 



Nakia Scott, MD (2020-23)Lisa Falls, MD (2021-24)
Jessica Sandoval, MD (2021-24)Joseph Shotwell, MD (2021-24)
Mohsin Khan, MD (2021-24)Mili Khandheria, MD (2021-24)
Sarah Wakefield, MD (2021-24)Sabrina Browne, MD (2022-25)
Alcides Amador, MD (2023-2026)Robin Mallet, MD (2023-2026)
Sarah Martin, MD (2023-2026) 



Melissa DeFilippis, MD (2021-24) 



The Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (TSCAP) is the regional organization of the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and members must be active in both organizations. Visit the AACAP website to begin the application process.

Once you are approved by AACAP, TSCAP will contact you to remit your regional organization dues according to your member class:

  • General Member ($175)
  • Distinguished Fellow ($175)
  • Fellow ($175)
  • General Residents ($0)
  • Trainees ($0)
  • Medical Students ($0)


To meet our objectives of promoting information and advocacy as they pertain to child and adolescent psychiatry in Texas, we are seeking TSCAP members to volunteer their time to one or more of our committees. 

Committee terms are for one year and must be approved by the current TSCAP President.
PROGRAM COMMITTEE: To prepare programs for the meetings of the society and for any other projects undertaken by the Society. Notably, this includes development of the Scientific Program for the Texas Society of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry’s Annual Meeting in accordance with the Essentials as outlined in the Texas Medical Association’s CME Guidelines.

CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS: To prepare, as necessary, changes in the Constitution and Bylaws as mandated by vote within the Society, or to review the Constitution and Bylaws and submit recommendations for possible improvement of the current document.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS: To monitor present and proposed legislation and regulation at all government levels that could affect services to child and adolescent psychiatric patients; to attempt to ensure such legislation is in alignment with the principles of scientific care; to propose needed legislation or regulation, in liaison with other interested groups when appropriate, that would benefit psychiatric patients and the psychiatric profession in its efforts to treat patients effectively; to monitor legal developments affecting patients and members; and, to collaborate with the TSCAP public policy consultant for lobbying efforts. Through the GA Committee, the unified voice of TSCAP is communicated to the TSCAP Executive Committee and our public policy consultant.


DISASTER AND TRAUMA: To monitor and inform the TSCAP membership on disaster and trauma issues; to collaborate with committees of TSCAP about similar or corresponding efforts; and to recommend positions to the TSCAP Executive Committee regarding research, intervention and advocacy pertaining to issues of disaster and trauma with children and adolescents.

Click here to submit your TSCAP Committee Preferences.

For additional information, please contact:

Dieter Burckhardt, Executive Director
401 West 15th Street, Suite 675
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 478-0605
Fax: (512) 478-5223
E-mail: TSCAP@txpsych.org