About the Meeting


2019 Meeting Theme

Revitalize Psychiatry: Disrupt, Include, Engage & Innovate

The American Psychiatric Association was founded 175 years ago by physicians committed to core set of principles: to treat individuals suffering from mental illness with compassion and dignity, to advance psychiatric knowledge, and to support the development of innovative treatments. This was an act of inclusion, engagement, and innovation that drives our association even today.

The principles embraced by APA's founders have been shared by APA members throughout its long history, but we have often faced times when it has been necessary to evolve, change for the better, and reinvigorate the profession.

Today we find our nation and global community at a unique moment, filled with challenges. Psychiatry has a critical role in some of the most challenging issues that are facing our communities, and this year's Annual Meeting theme, Revitalize Psychiatry: Disrupt, Include, Engage & Innovate, is dedicated to this work.

By engaging the needs and ideas of a diverse group of stakeholders – patients, psychiatric clinicians, researchers, educators, officials, and other behavioral health providers – the 2019 Annual Meeting is an opportunity for psychiatry to incorporate all voices, discuss key challenges and propose solutions, broaden our collective outlook, and spur new thinking.

Together, we will explore the future of psychiatry and discuss how we can shape our efforts to meet the challenges of the moment.