Media Advisory: Media Encouraged to Attend APA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia

The American Psychiatric Association’s 2020 Annual Meeting features nationally recognized experts in psychiatry and mental health policy, research and clinical practice. The meeting’s theme is Advancing Quality: Challenges and Opportunities and will feature more than 500 sessions and specialized tracks, including addiction psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and more. There will also be a research track from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The results of a new national public opinion poll on mental health will be released during the meeting. The Mental Health Innovation Zone, highlighting advances in mental health technology, returns this year.

Bruce Schwartz, M.D., President, American Psychiatric Association
Patrice A. Harris, M.D., M.A., President, American Medical Association
Josep Dalmau, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies, University of Barcelona; Adjunct Professor of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania
George Koob, Ph.D., Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Secretary, Mental Health and Substance Use, SAMHSA
E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., M.A., Founder, Treatment Advocacy Center; Associate Director of Research, Stanley Medical Research Institute
Joshua Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institute of Mental Health
Richard Kogan, M.D., Clinical Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College; Artistic Director, Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program
Nora Volkow, M.D., Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., CEO and Medical Director, American Psychiatric Association

Saturday, April 25, to Wednesday, April 29, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center    

  • Webinar: Advance Media Briefing, Tuesday, April 7, 1 p.m. ET  
  • Opening Session, Saturday, April 25, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET
  • New Research Media Briefing, Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m. ET
  • Convocation Lecture, Monday, April 27, 4:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. ET   

Credentialed media can register through online advanced registration for journalists. The Onsite Meeting Press Room at the Pennsylvania Convention Center will be open Saturday through Tuesday, April 25 - 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Daily press briefings will be held in the Press Room Saturday through Tuesday at 9 a.m.

More Information: 
See the APA Annual Meeting site and APA meeting app (coming soon). Contact APA at or 202-459-9732. Join the conversation at #APAAM20. 

American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the oldest medical association in the country. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 37,800 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. For more information, please visit


Media Contacts

Glenn O'Neal, 202-459-9732

Erin Connors, 202-609-7113