Other Psychiatric Organizations

The following links to organizations whose functions complement those of The College are provided as a resource.  

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

This site is designed to serve both AACAP Members, and Parents and Families. Information is provided as a public service to aid in the understanding and treatment of the developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders

The American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry (AACDP)

The American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry represents the leaders of departments of psychiatry in all of the medical schools in the United States and Canada. The association is committed to promoting excellence in psychiatric education, research, and clinical care. It is also committed to advocating for health policy to create appropriate and affordable psychiatric care for all.

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

AAGP is a national association representing and serving its members and the field of geriatric psychiatry. It is dedicated to promoting the mental health and well being of older people and improving the care of those with late life mental disorders.

American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT)

To better meet the nation's mental healthcare needs, the mission of the AADPRT is to promote excellence in the education and training of future psychiatrists. This web site is intended to be a resource for psychiatry educators, psychiatry residents, and medical students.

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc., is an independent, non-profit organization that certifies doctors practicing psychiatry and neurology, as well as their subspecialties.

The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology

The principal function of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) is to further research and education in neuropsychopharmacology and related fields. To that end, ACNP presents a number of awards to honor mental health professionals who have made significant contributions to neuropsychopharmacology research or members of the media who have helped raise public awareness of mental illness.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those impacted by suicide.

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized world-wide. Its 37,000 U.S. and international member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

Association of Women Psychiatrists "A Voice for Women in Psychiatry"

The Association of Women Psychiatrists (AWP), founded by Dr. Alexandra Symonds in 1983, is the only organization of women psychiatrists. The association's mission is to mobilize women psychiatrists to work together for quality mental health care of all persons, particularly women. AWP promotes inclusive leadership, professional development, and networking among women psychiatrists. AWP advocates for women psychiatrists and patients alike, through supporting mental health: research, education, and clinical care, informed by gender.

The World Psychiatric Association

The WPA is an association of national psychiatric societies aimed to increase knowledge and skills necessary for work in the field of mental health and the care for the mentally ill. Its member societies are presently 135, spanning 117 different countries and representing more than 200,000 psychiatrists.

The WPA organizes the World Congress of Psychiatry every three years. (For information about the 2017 meeting in Berlin, visit http://www.wpaberlin2017.com/.) It also organizes international and regional congresses and meetings, and thematic conferences. It has 65 scientific sections, aimed to disseminate information and promote collaborative work in specific domains of psychiatry. It has produced several educational programmes and series of books. It has developed ethical guidelines for psychiatric practice, including the Madrid Declaration (1996).