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Who are we?

-The American Psychopathological Association (APPA), founded in 1910 (historical material on the founding of the APPA is available here), is one of the oldest research organizations in North America. The APPA is devoted to the scientific investigation of disordered human behavior and its biological and psychosocial substrates. Its primary function is to design and preview the future of psychopathology research through the sponsorship of an annual conference on a specific topic relevant to research in psychopathology.

-This annual conference provides a unique opportunity to learn about, discuss, and debate cutting-edge issues. The APPA annual conference strives to serve a diverse community of mental health researchers and clinicians at all career stages.

-The annual conference is held in Manhattan from the first Thursday-to-Saturday of March. APPA provides a forum for high-level professional and social contact between established investigators, early career researchers, interested clinicians, and trainees. Special registration rates are available for students attending the meeting.

-The APPA is governed by a constitution, most recently amended in 2021, to address the changing needs of the Association.