2021 American Psychopathological Association Annual Meeting

Join us for the Virtual Annual Meeting from  March 4-6, 2021

Mental Health Aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Become a Member of APPA

Membership in APPA denotes a significant contribution and commitment to advancing knowledge in psychopathology research and clinical practice.

Donate to the APPA

Donations to the APPA are tax-deductible and help promote the exchange of information across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

2nd Wave of Poster Submissions

If you missed the chance to submit, we are excited to announce that we are opening a second wave of submissions, intended to reflect our interest in soliciting posters on a broad range of topics, including those unrelated to COVID. 



The American Psychopathological Association (APPA), founded in 1910, is devoted to the scientific investigation of disordered human behavior and its biological and psychosocial substrates. Its primary function is to sponsor an annual conference on a specific topic relevant to research in psychopathology. Leading investigators from the U.S. and abroad are invited to give original papers on the topic chosen by the President.

This annual conference provides a unique opportunity to learn about, discuss, and debate cutting edge issues in the topic area. It is open to all mental health professionals and trainees, as well as APPA members.

APPA January 13 Webinar – 12:00pm (ET)

The webinar will focus on racial/ethnic disparities in mental health and mental health care during the pandemic.

The webinar will feature two presentations.  One from Dr. Margarita Alegria, Chief of the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  The second presentation will be from Dr. Adriana Espinosa, Associate Faculty at City College of New York.

This webinar series leads into the March 2021 meeting of the APPA, which will focus on mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.


To join, click here.  If you have any questions, contact:  jelswick@jhmi.edu


Annual Meeting

The annual conference is typically held in Manhattan beginning the first Thursday of March and ending on the following Saturday at noon.  The 2021 Annual Meeting will be held virtually to ensure the safety of our members and attendees.   The next meeting, Mental Health Aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, will take place March 4-6, 2021 on a virtual platform.  Please check our Registration page for more information and for the registration form. Attendees may register early for a significant discount.

CME and CE credits will be available for the meeting at no additional charge. Participants at the annual conference include students, mental health scientists and practitioners. An important APPA function is to provide a forum for high level professional and social contact between established investigators, younger researchers, interested clinicians, and trainees. Special registration rates are available for students attending the meeting.


For over a century, APPA has brought diverse groups of researchers, policy makers and scholars together to an annual meeting where vital issues and developments in psychopathology are presented and discussed. Although the meeting is open to all mental health professionals and researchers, the bulk of those attending belong to the community of APPA members. The members are active basic and clinical researchers whose observations, questions and insights are always valuable. Indeed, a unique feature of the APPA annual meetings is that there is a single series of presentations on a specific theme and there is scheduled discussion that involves members of the audience. 

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