Annual Meetings

2021 Annual Meeting: March 4-6, 2021

Click here to view the Preliminary Program for the 2021 APPA Annual Meeting.

Mental Health Aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Colleagues,

It is hard to believe that just 6 months ago many of us were gathered together at the 2020 APPA Annual Meeting in New York City while monitoring the news for the latest updates regarding a new virus that had just made its way to the US. A state of emergency was declared in New York on the last day of the 2020 APPA Annual Meeting. At that moment, I don’t think any of us could have imagined the way this pandemic would change our lives personally and professionally. This pandemic has had powerful effects on mental health in our country in a very short time span, which is why the theme for the 2021 APPA Annual Meeting will be Mental Health Aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In addition to focusing the content of our meeting on how the pandemic is affecting mental health, we also have to consider the health and safety of our members and attendees. Although it is impossible to know what the future holds, it is clear that travel and gatherings as we knew them may be a long way off. For this reason, APPA will be transitioning the 2021 Annual Meeting from an in-person conference to an online, virtual event. Although we will miss seeing each of our esteemed colleagues in New York City for the invaluable networking opportunities and excellent discourse, we are confident this is the right choice for APPA. We are enthusiastic about the many advantages that a virtual meeting creates–the most important being the expanded accessibility to attendees. We hope that the virtual platform will afford many the opportunity to participate, including those who otherwise may not have been able to because of barriers posed by by travel cost and work responsibilities. We hope to turn this hard decision into an opportunity to reach many more attendees, even across the globe! Please help us achieve this by sharing information about our meeting within your networks.

We have an incredible program planned for the event, including talks from some of the most distinguished speakers in the field on topics such as Disaster Mental Health, stress, anxiety, and substance abuse, and how COVID affects each of these areas. Click here to view the current program and schedule. We will even have virtual poster sessions, giving you the opportunity to present your latest findings.
We are now accepting abstracts for virtual poster consideration. We hope you will make plans to join us March 4-6, 2021 for this exciting, virtual event.

James “Jimmy” Potash, MD, MPH, APPA President
Henry Phipps Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Department Director and Psychiatrist-in-Chief
Johns Hopkins Medicine