Becoming a Fellow

Why become an ATSA Fellow?

Being a Fellow of ATSA is an honorary designation that was created by the ATSA Membership Committee and the Executive Board to recognize ATSA members who have demonstrated allegiance to their profession and a strong commitment to the ongoing work of the Association.  A Fellow of ATSA goes “above and beyond” in regard to their dedication and contribution to ATSA.  The ATSA Fellow designation is an enhancement to their professional credentials and is recognized by their colleagues in ATSA as a member of a select group, comprised of an esteemed 5% of ATSA membership. 

Fellow applications require review and approval by the ATSA Membership Committee and Executive Board.  All newly appointed Fellows will be publicly recognized in the ATSA Forum and at the 2023 ATSA Conference. Fellows receive a Fellow certificate that they can display with pride in their office, and can use the initials ATSAF after their professional name to indicate ATSA Fellow status. 

Submission Deadlines

Self-submissions or nominations from other ATSA members will be taken at any time and should be submitted to the ATSA office, but there is a deadline of September 11th in order to be included in that year's public recognition at the Annual Membership Meeting at the ATSA conference. To nominate a colleague for Fellow status, complete the form below and arrange for 2 letters of reference to be emailed to

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What are the requirements to become an ATSA Fellow?

  1. Not less than seven consecutive years as an ATSA Clinical, ATSA Member or previous Clinical Associate or Research Associate Member of ATSA. (Years spent as current Associate, Affiliate, and Student Members do not count toward the Fellow requirement.)
  2. Two letters supporting your submission or nomination must be received from current members of ATSA describing your dedication and strong commitment to ATSA, and why you should become a member of this select group.  Letters should explain how the applicant rises to the level of Fellow, distinguishing them from a routine member of ATSA. Letters should be emailed to
  3. The ATSA member should be outstanding in their field and have made significant contributions to ATSA as demonstrated by completing at least four (4) requirements from the following list while a member of ATSA:
    • Involvement in ATSA by serving on an ATSA organization committee or board for a full term
    • Involvement in ATSA by serving in a local chapter leadership role or committee for a full term
    • Organization of or major participation in an organized activity of ATSA or your local chapter
    • Give a professional presentation (paper presentation, poster session, workshop or symposium) at an ATSA Annual Conference
    • Give a professional presentation at a local chapter conference
    • Publish a scientific or scholarly article in the ATSA journal (Sexual Abuse)
    • Publish a scientific or scholarly article in the ATSA Forum
    • Serve as an editor, associate editor or on the editorial board of the ATSA journal (Sexual Abuse) or have reviewed at least ten (10) submissions to the journal
    • Publish an article on sexual offense assessment, treatment or prevention in a peer reviewed professional journal other than the ATSA journal (Sexual Abuse)
    • Participate in furthering ATSA’s contribution to public policy for the prevention of sexual abuse by aiding with the creation of a legislative or court response or press release
    • Other major contribution to ATSA or local chapter that is approved by the membership committee
  4. Completion of the fellowship application.

*a member must be in good standing in order to retain their ATSA Fellow designation

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