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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 certified 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,

Many exciting things happened at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting in San Diego last month. On May 25, Anita Everett, M.D., began her term as President of the APA, with Tennessee’s own Altha Stewart, M.D., taking the role of President-Elect. Theresa M. Miskimen, M.D., is now the Speaker of The Assembly. View the current Board of Trustees and Assembly.

The APA conducted a national poll in April, looking at Americans’ attitudes about mental health, insurance coverage for mental health, the opioid crisis and more. Click here to view the poll results and learn more.

During the Presidents-Elect training, APA staff conducted demonstrations of PsychPRO, the new mental health registry from APA? Click here to watch a short video that explains how PsychPRO can help you treat patients and meet your certification requirements. PsychPRO is open to individual psychiatrists as well as large group practices and hospitals. 

Many members heavily discussed the House passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Senate has been working on its version of a health care bill. The AHCA contains several provisions that would seriously jeopardize access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment. Click here to contact your Senators and urge them to opposed the AHCA and protect the strides made for mental health in the 21st Century Cures Act and the ACA. 

Locally, we are looking forward to the TriMED conference in Nashville, September 8-10. Registration will open soon, and conference details are available at the TriMED website. Please contact Jackie Cavnar at or 615-312-3122 if you are interested in attending and may need a hotel room.

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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