American Psychiatric Association

Annual Meeting

May 2021  |  Online



The 2021 Annual Meeting and Mental Health Services Conference (formerly IPS) will be held virtually

In consideration of the continued spread of COVID-19, the American Psychiatric Association's Board of Trustees determined that it would be unwise to hold a large in-person meeting in 2021 during these public health crises since the APA would not be able to ensure the safety of those participating. In reaching this decision now, the Board weighed multiple factors, including the health and safety of our members and staff, uncertainty about the future course of the pandemic, the availability of an effective vaccine, and the timing of contract deadlines. The Board has voted to hold the Annual Meeting and the Mental Health Services meeting (formerly known as Institute for Psychiatric Services) virtually. The Board and the APA Administration will work diligently to develop virtual meetings that will provide robust, meaningful experiences and high-quality educational programs for all participants while maintaining safety and public health.

2021 Meeting Theme

Finding Equity Through Advances in Mind and Brain in Unsettled Times

Key Details About the 2021 Annual Meeting

  • Approximately 135 sessions will be selected for inclusion in the 3-day live meeting, which will occur in May 2021. These sessions will feature live interactions with faculty.
  • 400+ scientific sessions will be available as part of an additional APA OnDemand Product.
  • There will be a virtual poster hall.
  • Attendees will have opportunities to earn CME credits through APA OnDemand, the live 3-day meeting, and the Annual Meeting Self-Assessment activity.

More information will be forthcoming as planning for the online meeting progresses.

2021 Annual Meeting Submissions

The 2021 Annual Meeting submission site is currently open to submissions of New Research posters ONLY. The site will close on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Learn more about guidelines for submissions.

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Exhibitors: 2021 Planning Survey

The world continues to change since the outbreak of COVID-19, so our plans for the meeting are continually adapting. We plan to incorporate an online component to the meeting and want to hear from you about your preferences concerning the exhibition and sponsorships. Learn More & Take the Survey here.