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Welcome to the website for the Tennessee Psychiatric  Association. The Tennessee Psychiatric Association was established in 1958 as a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association and is incorporated as a non-profit organization.

We are a statewide medical specialty organization with more than 300 board members who are dedicated to developing the highest quality of comprehensive psychiatric care for patients, families, and communities.

Through advocacy, education and career development, the Tennessee Psychiatric Association works to protect both the profession and mental health patients throughout the state.

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Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in congratulating Cliff Tennison MD from Knoxville, TN for being honored as one of three Outstanding Physicians in Tennessee by the Tennessee Medical Association. He was celebrated in a ceremony last weekend at the TMA House of Delegates Meeting in Nashville, TN. Dr. Tennison is a long time member of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association and I believe a former President. All our best wishes go out to Dr. Tennison and his family.

I hope many of you will attend the APA in San Diego this month. So many things are happening in Psychiatry, and our national organization is fighting for our patients and to preserve coverage for mental health issues. Get involved and contact your legislators to let them know Psychiatry stands united in our belief that mental health coverage should be included in any plan to care for patients and pre-existing illness should not be a reason to be denied coverage or have the cost skyrocket.

I am looking forward to a pilot project, championed by our Executive Director, Jackie Cavnar. We will begin working with the residency programs across the state to try and provide residents with a rural experience to attempt to lure them to stay in Tennessee and point out the positives of living and working in rural communities. If you are interested in helping, please contact Jackie.

Don’t forget our meeting scheduled for September in cooperation with the TMA at the Music City Center in Nashville. Several of our members will be presenting on relevant psychiatric topics. Dates and times will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

My best regards to everyone,

Rodney Poling MD DFAPA
President, Tennessee Psychiatric Association



The Rural Health Association of Tennessee will host its 23rd Annual Rural Health Conference on November 15-17, 2017, at the Music Road Hotel & Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. RHAT is seeking workshop proposals for breakout sessions.

The goal of this year’s conference is to show the importance of raising awareness, through advocacy, communication, education, and legislation, of healthy choices, and to showcase how RHAT continues to partner with organizations statewide to impact healthcare in rural Tennessee as it has over the last 23 years. Proposed presentations must have one of these three focus areas: Rural Population Health, Rural Community Health and Rural Healthcare Delivery and Redesign, and fit into a 60-minute time slot. Presenters should refrain from selling or promoting specific business services, products or other materials during their session. We welcome submissions on any topic, but the theme for this conference will be “Rooted in Healthy Living Across Tennessee.” Some of the topic areas that can be addressed include but are not limited to:

  • Affordable Care Act – Impact on Rural Health
  • Small & Rural Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals & Rural Health Clinics
  • Opioid Epidemic
  • Aging Issues
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Healthy Community Based Initiatives
  • Health Issues for Children & Youth
  • Community Tools to Address Drug Abuse Issues
  • Accessing Primary Care Providers
  • Diversity Issues
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Dental Access for Uninsured Adults
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Broad Band & Telehealth in Rural Health
  • Partnering to Improve Health Outcomes

Submit the Call for Presentations & Interested Speaker Forms via email to Submissions will be accepted until May 31, 2017. For questions, please contact Angie Britt at or call 615-907-9707.


Jackie Cavnar

Executive Director

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Tennessee Psychiatric Association
Jackie Cavnar, Executive Director
446 Metroplex Drive, STE A-224
Nashville, TN 37211

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(615) 312-3122


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(615) 269-5413


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