Psychologists sought for DSM-5 field trials

Proposed diagnostic categories to be evaluated for feasibility and utility

The American Psychiatric Association is seeking clinicians (including clinical scientists) to participate in field trials as part of the process for revising the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). DSM-5 Field Trials in Routine Clinical Practice Settings will test the feasibility and clinical usefulness of the proposed diagnostic criteria and diagnostic-specific measures in real-world clinical settings.  These field trials will also examine whether the measures adequately capture changes in patients’ or clients’ symptom levels over time and whether they are informative for treatment planning.

Clinicians from multiple disciplines, including psychology, are being sought for this phase of the DSM-5 development process. Participating clinicians will be recognized as contributors to the DSM-5 and can receive continuing education credits.  In order to be eligible, participants should be able to make DSM diagnoses without supervision.

More information about the trials and how to volunteer is available at the DSM website.