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Psychiatric Textbooks and Books by AAP Members

This is a page for AAP educators to place announcements about textbooks and books they have written, edited, or helped to develop. Click the titles for further information. Click developer’ names for bibliographies of their other published textbooks, books, and chapters. To add a textbook or book, contact Dawn Levreau at dlevreauaap@gmail.com.

Textbook and Book Titles

AAP Members Who Authored/Developed Textbook or Book

Dulcan’s Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers a fresh look at the field of child mental health. It is useful to trainees and practitioners in a variety of specialties, providing the most up-to-date and comprehensive text in child and adolescent psychiatry as presented by more than 110 contributors who distill their knowledge and expertise into a single authoritative volume.


Both the organization of the original text and the structure of the chapters have been overhauled to better communicate the clinical art and wisdom of child psychiatry while remaining grounded firmly in clinical science. Each chapter highlights what we know about evidence-based practices in assessment and treatment, while sections on future research point toward current pressing questions. At the end of each chapter are educational summary points. Of the 65 chapters, 56 feature new lead authors, chosen to represent the expertise of disciplines ranging from pediatrics and neurology to sleep medicine and family therapy.

Scholarly and practical, Dulcan’s Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is a core resource for child and adolescent psychiatry training and will also serve as a reference for practitioners in psychiatry, pediatrics, neurology, psychology, nursing, and social work.

Edited by Mina K. Dulcan, MD

Psychiatry, Third Edition

This comprehensive, nearly 3000 page textbook, now in its third edition has been cited as “the best current textbook of psychiatry” by the New England Journal of Medicine and cited as a “textbook that will serve educators, at all levels, as a curriculum guide and teaching tool” and a “gold standard” by the American Journal of Psychiatry.  Reviews have consistently highlighted the fact that the textbook approaches psychiatric disorders from a comprehensive and integrated point of view, with an emphasis on the heart of psychiatry, our relationship with our patients, rather than the glitz of modern neuroscience.  Neuroscience, of course, is not short changed, as this edition’s section on the neuroscience basis of psychiatry is edited by Eric Kandel.  The book has also been repeatedly commended for its layout, formatting, and easy readability in contrast to other comprehensive textbooks. 

Edited by Allan Tasman, Jerald Kay, Jeffrey Lieberman, Michael First, and Mario Maj

Prime Time: Maximizing the Therapeutic Experience - A Primer for Psychiatric Clinicians

This is a primer for PGY II psychiatric residents and other clinicians. Its focus is to assist time-pressured clinicians to do more (quality work) with less (time). Part I presents a number of short cuts, including rapidly framing the contract, measuring symptoms (a handy visual analogue scale for depression is included), facilitating positive transference, ending on time, and dealing with no shows, late shows and terminations. Part II has quick grab chapters on what to do until your supervisor shows up. It deals with the unexpected. For example, the routine patient that happens to be: mentally retarded, is being stalking, is depressed and pregnant, is somatizing or very angry. Also are very up to date reviews of the complex literature on the treatments of depression and bipolar disorders. Practical references are included in Part III.


Other books (edited, co-edited):

Guggenheim, F.G. and Nadelson, Carol. (eds).:  "Major Psychiatric Disorders", 1982 (Elsevier North Holland, Inc., New York, N.Y.).

Guggenheim, F.G. and Weiner, Myron.F. (eds.).:  "A Manual of Psychiatric Consultation and Emergency Care", 1984 (Jason Aronson, Inc, New York, N.Y..).

Guggenheim, F.G. (ed).:  Advances in Psychosomatic Medicine, Vol. 15, "Psychological Aspects of Surgery". 1986, (S. Karger, AG, Switzerland).

Written by Frederick G. Guggenheim, MD, and will be published by Routledge Mental Health in May, 2009.

Problem-Based Behavioral Science and Psychiatry
This book was written - with a PBL curriculum in mind - primarily for pre-clerkship medical students learning behavioral science and/or preparing for the USMLE Step 1 exam, and clerkship-level medical students learning clinical psychiatry and/or preparing for the USMLE Step 2 exam. Other health professionals, including graduate students in psychology, nursing, and clinical social work, will find the list of case study vignettes incredibly valuable.

Edited by Anthony Guerrero (University of Hawaii, Honolulu) and Melissa Piasecki (University of Nevada, Reno)

Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry
Representing the clinical state of the art in culturally competent assessment and treatment, and providing important information on the four main racial/ethnic minority groups (African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, and Native Americans and Alaska Natives), the Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry synthesizes the collected wisdom from the editor's 10 years of teaching cultural psychiatry as a CME course with the professional experience of seven other contributors in using and teaching about DSM-IV's Outline for Cultural Formulation.

Edited by Russell F. Lim, MD (UC-Davis)

Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
is an essential guide to everything that they don't teach in traditional medical and psychiatric training about how to begin—and further develop—an academic career. Covering many aspects of early career development that the authors wish they had been told about when they started their own academic careers, this book is densely packed with practical information that every academic psychiatrist or behavioral scientist can use right away. The Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is both a training manual and a guide for academicians in the real world.

Laura Weiss Roberts, MD (MCW), MA, and Donald M. Hilty, MD (UC-Davis)

Handbook of Spirituality and Worldview in Clinical Practice
This illuminating new work is a practical overview of religious and spiritual issues in psychiatric assessment and treatment. Eleven distinguished contributors assert that everyone has a worldview and that these religious and spiritual variables can be collaborative partners of science, bringing critical insight to assessment and healing to treatment.

Edited by Allan M. Josephson, MD,
and John R. Peteet, MD

Underground Clinical Vignettes Step 2: Psychiatry
Completely revised by new authors, this Fourth Edition presents 80 patient cases designed specifically to prepare students for clinical vignettes on the USMLE Step 2.

Authors: Jason P Caplan, Sandra I Kim, Todd A Swanson

Clinical Manual of Eating Disorders
Clinical Manual of Eating Disorders provides sound therapeutic advice based on current research and clinical practice. It includes detailed discussions of various aspects of assessment and treatment, featuring up-to-date evidence- and consensus-based information. Ranging from the determination of initial treatment approaches to problems posed by unique groups of patients, it marks the first APPI volume specifically directed toward the clinical management of patients with eating disorders—and the first book to focus squarely on what psychiatrists need to know about the clinical assessment and management of patients with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorders, and obesity.

Edited by Joel Yager, MD, and Pauline S. Powers, MD

Working with Families of Psychiatric Inpatients: A Guide for Clinicians
Working with the families of inpatients is one of the most important—and most challenging—aspects of practicing clinical psychiatry. Clinicians are responsible not only for the well-being of their patients but also for the education and guidance of the patient’s family. In this book, Alison M. Heru and Laura M. Drury offer a step-by-step guide to developing the skills needed to work successfully with patients’ families.

Authors: Alison M. Heru, MD, and Laura M. Drury, MSW, LICSW

Hypochondriasis: Modern Perspectives on an Ancient Malady
This book fills the need for a modern, balanced, in-depth, and integrative overview of hypochondriasis as a mental disorder with diverse manifestations. Written by world experts and from different perspectives, it aims to be a state-of-the-art text, demonstrating how the current concepts of hypochondriasis are linked with its rich history, critically examining diagnostic and nosologic issues and suggesting ways of overcoming the conceptual obstacles, describing current views on the etiology, pathogenesis and psychopathology, presenting main treatment approaches, and providing treatment guidelines.

Edited by Vladan Starcevic and Don R. Lipsitt

Sober Siblings: How to Help Your Alcoholic Brother or Sister-- without Losing Yourself
Whether the alcoholic is in recovery or relapsed, in AA or therapy, Sober Siblings helps brothers and sisters gain greater awareness of their own situation, offering practical wisdom and suggestions on: feelings of shame, frustration, hopelessness, and anger; the difference between helping and enabling; setting boundaries; the nature of alcoholism; co-addictions; and how to help your sibling while not losing yourself.

Authors: Patricia Olsen, Petros Levounis, MD

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