Dr. Adelson is the principal author of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry's principal scientific consensus guideline on clinical practice regarding sexual orientation and gender development in youth, the AACAP "Practice Parameter on Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual Sexual Orientation, Gender-Nonconformity, and Gender Discordance in Children and Adolescents." AACAP’s Practice Parameters are clinical practice guidelines developed to encourage best practices in child mental health. He served as lead author on this publication, as well as several others in peer-reviewed publications and chapters on sexuality and sexual development, psychodynamic psychiatry, prevention of mental illness, and access to care for under-served children and adolescents.
At Columbia, Dr. Adelson serves as Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Initiative for LGBT Health in the Division of Gender, Sexuality and Health, a division of Columbia's Dept. of Psychiatry created in 2012. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board of CARING at Columbia, a program within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry that develops and administers community-based mental health promotion programs for under-served children involving the arts. This program is conducting ongoing research on the effectiveness an intervention to protect at-risk children from the adverse mental health effects of stress.
Dr. Adelson has taught regularly in Grand Rounds presentations at various medical schools including Columbia and Yale, as well as courses, symposia, and workshops at national and international conferences of organizations including the American Psychiatric Association, the World Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry on topics including sexual development, sexual orientation, and mental health in youth and adults.
He is a longstanding member of AACAP's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Committee and the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry's Human Sexuality Committee. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of the international LGBT program of Human Rights Watch. He has been a recipient of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Presidential Scholar Award, the Dennis Anderson award of the Lesbian and Gay Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Association of which he is a Past President, and the Yale University Saybrook College Master's Prize.