About APA & Psychiatry

The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the world’s largest psychiatric organization. It is a medical specialty society representing growing membership of more than 35,000 psychiatrists.

Its member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including intellectual
disabilities and substance use disorders. APA is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry.
 

APA Vision, Mission, and Values

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KEY FACTS & MISSION

The mission of the American Psychiatric Association is to:
  • Promote the highest quality care for individuals with mental disorders (including intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders) and their families;
  • Promote psychiatric education and research; advance and represent the profession of psychiatry; and
  • Serve the professional needs of its membership.

APA Members Share about Career Choices & Future for Patient Care

Linda Worley, MD, shares why she became a psychiatrist. She serves on APA Council on Psychosomatic Medicine.

Linda Worley, MD, shares why she became a psychiatrist. She serves on APA Council on Psychosomatic Medicine.

Linda Worley, MD, shares why she became a psychiatrist. She serves on APA Council on Psychosomatic Medicine.

Linda Worley, MD, shares why she became a psychiatrist. She serves on APA Council on Psychosomatic Medicine.

Resident leader Alik Widge, MD, on why he joined APA and how membership will enhance your career.

Resident leader Alik Widge, MD, on why he joined APA and how membership will enhance your career.

Resident leader Erik Vanderlip, MD, discusses his work on APA Council on Psychosomatic Medicine.

Resident leader Erik Vanderlip, MD, discusses his work on APA Council on Psychosomatic Medicine.

APA/SAMHSA Fellow Anton Bland, MD, on why collaborative care is essential skill set for early career psychiatrists and residents.

APA/SAMHSA Fellow Anton Bland, MD, on why collaborative care is essential skill set for early career psychiatrists and residents.

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