About Us

The American Psychopathological Association (APPA), founded in 1910, 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 sponsor an annual conference on a specific topic relevant to research in psychopathology.

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

The annual conference is held in Manhattan beginning the first Thursday of March and ending the following Saturday at noon. Participants at the annual conference include students, mental health scientists, and practitioners. The APPA provides a forum for high-level professional and social contact between established investigators, younger researchers, interested clinicians, and fellows. Special registration rates are available for students attending the meeting.

Historical material on the founding of the APPA, as presented at the 2010 Centennial Meeting, is available here (thanks to Diane Richardson, MLS).

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