Authors and Collaborators

We would like to thank the following organizations and individuals formaking this curriculum possible.


This program originated in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

David Pruitt, M.D., then President, and Virginia Q. Anthony, the Executive Director, empowered us to develop an educational program that would promote the critical collaboration between pediatrics and child psychiatry. Three people have been instrumental in the success of the Collaboration Essentials program: Kayla Pope, J.D., who was present at the inception, and Patricia B. Davidson, M.P.A., the AACAP’s Director of Research, Training and Education with the support of Kate Figge. The physicians on the AACAP’s Liaison with Primary Care Physicians Committee, especially the co-chairs, Frances Wren, M.D., and Richard Martini, M.D., have provided encouragement, input, and support for the program.

We thank the American Academy of Pediatrics for their endorsement of this program. We are appreciative of the review of this manual by the AAP’s Section on Residents and the Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health. Drs.DeMaso and Wren have had the privilege as serving as liaison representatives to this latter AAP committee.

We would like especially to thank Pfizer Pediatric Health for an unrestricted educational grant to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, particularly Randall Kaye, M.D., of Pfizer, Inc., who spearheaded efforts to ensure that this program was adequately supported.

Our thanks as well to Rebecca Edelson, M.D., for piloting the Collaboration Essentials program at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in New York.

We want to thank the pediatric and child psychiatry trainees who participated so enthusiastically in the pilot studies of this curriculum.

Finally, should you have comments and/or requests for additional copies of the written manual, please contact the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Research, Education, and Training, 3615 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016-3007. This curriculum can also be directly downloaded from the Collaboration Essentials website (

David Ray DeMaso, M.D.
John R. Knight, M.D.