Continuing Education

APPA is proud to offer continuing education credits for both physicians (AMA) and psychologists (APA) for the Annual Meeting.  There is no additional charge to apply for continuing education credits.  Attendees applying for credits will be required to complete the online conference evaluation prior to attesting their hours.

 Attendees of the Annual Meeting can click below to evaluate the meeting and apply for credits. 

*Please note that you have to be logged out of the virtual platform to access the survey as it is intended to be anonymous.  If you click the button and are taken to your registration details page, click your name in the top right corner, select logout, and then try the above button again.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and American Psychopathological Association (APPA). Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians (ACCME)

Amedco LLC designates this live virtual activity for a maximum of 14.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


Psychologists (APA)

Amedco LLC designates this activity for a maximum of 14.50 Psychologist contact hours. 

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Counselors: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MO, NC, ND, NH, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY

MI: No CE requirements

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for MFTs: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NE, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY

MI: No CE requirement

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Addictions Professionals: AK, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MD, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY (outstate held)*, OK, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI, WY

MA / MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Social Workers: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, ME, MN, MO, NE, NH, NM, OR, PA, VT, WI, WY

 * If the activity is held live in the state of NY, then direct addictions board is required, ie: NAADAC. If the activity is held outside NY, is virtual, enduring or remote, it is considered “outstate” and this reciprocity applies.

New York Board for Psychology (NY PSY)

Amedco is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0031. Maximum of 14.50 hours.


Nurse Practitioners

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) recognizes the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as approved accreditors and allow reciprocity for AANPCP continuing education credit.


Physician Assistants

AAPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.


Annual Meeting Information
Learning Objectives

Conference participants will:

  1. Understand how principles from the field of Disaster Mental Health apply to assessing the impact of COVID-19 on mental and behavioral health.
  2. Know the mechanisms through which the disease of COVID-19, and the stress resulting from the pandemic and its social and economic implications, increase psychopathology, including depression and anxiety.
  3. Become familiar with a couple of approaches to treating mental illness in the COVID era.


Needs Assessment

NIH calls for increased communication between researchers from different disciplines and areas of expertise, but many continue to interact mainly with members in their own specializations. Few contexts exist for interaction on scientific issues in an environment that fosters active exchanges between investigators with different areas of expertise. Such a context is the annual APPA conference. The APPA, a scientific organization in existence since 1910, has ~500 members. Its mission is to support investigation of disordered mind and behavior, and its biological underpinnings and psychosocial substrates, and to promote the development of junior scientists. A primary APPA function is a yearly conference on a topic relevant to psychopathology where leading investigators present in an all-plenary format, followed by lively audience discussion. Speakers for the 2021 conference include NIMH and NIDA directors, distinguished Deans, other leaders, and nationally-known mid-career scientists.

The goal of the 2021 conference is to advance the field of disaster mental and behavioral research, and research in related fields, by providing a stimulating exchange of information, concepts, methods, new findings, current controversies, and pressing gaps in knowledge to a diverse group of junior and senior scientists, with the aim of impacting the field by leading to new research directions and collaborations, and, for junior scientists and those from underrepresented minority groups, new connections and career opportunities.

As the number of COVID-19 cases rose dramatically in the US and around the world, quarantines began and work places shut down, and concerns grew about implications for psychiatry, for substance use, and for people’s mental wellbeing broadly. It was recognized that this crisis had much in common with prior disasters and pandemics, and that lessons learned from those experiences should be applied in the response to the COVID crisis. In the short time since the pandemic began, reports have already emerged documenting increased stress, both in the general population and in health care workers. For example, a US survey showed much more serious psychological distress in a randomly chosen group than was present two years ago, with the sharpest rise being in the Hispanic population.3 A report from China found that people with COVID-19 and their family members or friends had a three-fold elevated risk for symptoms of depression.4 A report from Italy focused on health care workers, finding that 25% endorsed post-traumatic stress symptoms; 25%, symptoms of depression; and 20%, symptoms of anxiety.5 Many questions and concerns have been raised for which we do not yet have data. How will people react to enduring quarantine and how might these effects be mitigated? What will the impact of parental distress and media reports be on children’s reactions and their mental health? Among those with substance use disorder, are some especially susceptible to infection by the coronavirus because of the impaired respiratory health that accompanies smoking or vaping of the drug? Answers to these and many more questions are urgently needed, and clarifying them constitutes an important public health priority.

The goals of the conference are facilitated by its all-plenary format. This brings individuals from multiple disciplines and areas of expertise together in the same audience for all sessions. At the end of each session, expert chair/discussants provide informed commentary, and the diverse audience then asks questions and discusses the presentations. These discussions often lead in surprising directions due to the mix of individuals from different disciplines and areas of expertise in the same program and audience. This APPA all-plenary format engenders an unusual amount of lively audience involvement and discussion. Past APPA presentations have led to new collaborations and studies, and to post-doctoral fellowships and junior faculty positions. A goal of the 2021 APPA conference is to provide similar opportunities, stimulating interest, new collaborations and new affiliations on these topics.



3McGinty EE, Press kreischer R, Han H, and Barry CL. Psychological distress and loneliness reported by US adults in 2018 and April 2020. JAMA 2020; 324, 93–94. PMID: 32492088

4ShiL,LuZA,QueJY,HuangXL,LiuL,RanMS,GongYM,YuanK,YanW,SunYK,ShiJ,Bao YP, and Lu L. Prevalence of and risk factors associated with mental health symptoms among the general population in China during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. JAMANetwork Open2020;3, e2014053.PMID:32609353

5Rossi R, Socci V, Pacitti F, Di Lorenzo G, Di Marco A, Siracusano A, and Rossi A. Mental health outcomes among frontline and second-line health care workers during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Italy. JAMA Network Open, 2020; 3, e2010185. PMID: 32463467

Target Audience

The target audience of the APPA Annual Meeting is professionals in the field of psychopathology and other related fields including both physicians and researchers.