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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,

Thank you to all who attended the TPA meeting in Memphis this past weekend. We had a great time at the UTHSC Family Medicine/Psychiatry Update and thoroughly enjoyed dinner at Ruth’s Chris, sponsored by Assurex/Genesight. I want to congratulate and thank Dr. Altha Stewart, APA President Elect Elect,  for attending and bringing us up to date regarding national issues. Her presentation on Saturday, about children in the legal system suffering mental illness was quite moving. We wish her all the best and offer her full  support from the state of Tennessee.

Please save the date for the TMA TriMed Conference, September 8, 9, and 10. TPA is co-sponsoring this major CME event with the TMA. We have 9 hours of Psychiatric CME planned, presented by members of the TPA! The event will be held at the Nashville Music City Center. Look for more information as the time approaches. There will be other CME available all weekend.

Legislative issues have continued to be of interest. The TMA has reached some agreement with the nursing lobby, changing supervision to “collaboration.” The seems to have satisfied the nursing movement. MOC issues are still on the table, but opposed by the THA. Provider Stability, regarding insurance issues is still pending.

Dr. Arnold and Dr. Kyser are attending the APA Assembly in San Diego. Please let us know if there are any burning issues for the Assembly.

Don’t forget to apply for Fellowship Status. It is a designation you deserve. If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Cavnar, our Executive Director.

Again, thanks to all who attended in Memphis. I look forward to seeing you in Nashville!

Best regards,

Rodney A Poling MD DFAPA
President, Tennessee Psychiatric Association


Pictured: Rodney A. Poling, MD DFAPA, President-Tennessee Psychiatric Association; Dolores DiGaetano, MD, Treasurer-Tennessee Psychiatric Association; Valerie Arnold, MD DFAPA, President-elect-Tennessee Psychiatric Association; James Greene, MD DLFAPA,  Chair-The University of Tennessee Department of Psychiatry; Altha Stewart, MD, President-elect (May 2017), American Psychiatric Association


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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