American Psychiatric Foundation



The American Psychiatric Foundation (APA's philanthropic subsidiary) works to create a mentally healthy nation by advancing mental health, overcoming mental illness, and eliminating stigma.

APF promotes awareness of mental health and the effectiveness of treatment, the importance of early intervention, access to care and the need for high quality services and treatment through a combination of public and professional education, research, research training, grants, and awards: 




Typical or Troubled?
® School Mental Health Education

Transition Year Initiative

Partnership for Workplace Mental Health

HIV Psychiatry



Healthy Minds, PBS series

Judges’ Leadership Initiative

Give An Hour


Practice Research Network and Health Services Research

Psychopathology Research

Research Training



Jeanne Spurlock, M.D., Congressional Fellowship

Minority Fellowships Program

APF MD, PhD Research Fellowship

APF Research Fellowship



Helping Hands Grant Program

Typical or Troubled?® School Mental Health Education Grants



Alexander Gralnick, M.D., Award for Research in Schizophrenia

Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health

APF Early Academic Career Research Award

Kempf Fund Award for Research Development in Psychobiological Psychiatry

APF Resident Research Award

Additionally, the APF is home to the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE) which was established in 1998 to fulfill the leadership role of the APA in contributing to the scientific base of psychiatric practice and policy. Toward that end, APIRE conducts and supports projects designed to:

  • Conduct clinical and health services research to bridge the gap between research and practice, and to inform health policy;
  • Enhance educational and research capacities to improve the quality of psychiatric care; Foster careers in psychiatric research, focusing on all levels of career development; Identify scientific opportunities and stimulate research to refine national and international classifications of mental and behavioral disorders across the life span;
  • Inform health policy by providing fellowship and visiting scholar opportunities in a range of areas related to psychiatric research, training, and practice.

As a self-supporting 501(c)3 organization, the work of the American Psychiatric Foundation relies on grants and donations from APA members like you. If you would like to make a secure tax-deductible donation to support the work of the APF, click here.