Sessions + Speakers

APA's Annual Meeting covers the full breadth of psychiatric topics, with a focus on the most pressing issues facing your practice and patients.

This year's program includes:

  • 3 plenary sessions featuring distinguished keynote speakers
  • 135 general sessions with live Q&A with presenters
  • Virtual Poster Hall with 1,300 interactive poster presentations
  • Virtual Exhibit Gallery, Product Theaters, and Huddle Sessions

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Program Topics

All domains within psychiatry will be covered by the scientific program. Attendees will find a special emphasis on topics that explore: Diversity and Health Equity (Structural Racism and Health Disparities); Global, Political, and Social Issues (Coronavirus/COVID-19 and Climate Change); Community Psychiatry; and Technology (Telepsychiatry), among 50+ other topics.

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Featured Speakers

Scientific Program Presenters at the Annual Meeting represent experts in the fields of academia, clinical services, government, and more. The 2021 Annual Meeting includes featured keynote addresses from distinguished speakers, Isabel Wilkerson delivering the Opening Session keynote, Anthony Fauci, M.D. delivering the William C. Menninger Memorial Convocation Lecture, and Robert Sapoksky Ph.D. delivering the Closing Session keynote.

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Government Agency Partnerships

APA partners with several government agencies to develop special sessions and will host a research track with sessions from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

The Annual Meeting will also include sessions with these esteemed agencies:

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

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Self-Assessment Activity

The 2021 APA Annual Meeting Self-Assessment in Psychiatry is a series of 100 questions that will help a physician self-assess current knowledge in major topics in psychiatry, providing feedback that can be used as the subsequent basis for focused CME, lifelong learning, and/or professional development.

The activity became available on February 2, 2021. This activity must be completed by July 3, 2021.

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Learn More + Engage Throughout the Year

This year's educational program from May 1-3 will be focused on the 135 live sessions and Q&A. In addition, APA will offer virtual opportunities to engage throughout the year, including Summer Course, FOCUS Live!, APA On Demand, and more.

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Session Search

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2021 Meeting Theme

Learn more about this year's theme, Finding Equity Through Advances in Mind & Brain in Unsettled Times

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