Office of International Affairs

"Whether it is recognized or not, all psychiatrists are internationalists, and the field of psychiatry is international."

                                                                      - Melvin Sabshin, MD, APA Medical Director, 1974-1997
                 (as quoted in Psychiatric News"International Members Benefit APA, and Vice Versa")


The APA focuses on strengthening the association's international membership base as well as continuing the association's long tradition of collaboration with like-minded organizations devoted to furthering the mission of psychiatry. It's goals include (1) supporting international participation in the Annual Meeting, (2) effectively meeting the needs of International Members, (3) serving as a coordinating center for international education and support of psychiatry in developing countries, (4) expanding opportunities for international collaboration in all DSM activities, and (5) increasing the accessibility of the international psychiatric community to evidence-based practice that uses the DSM and APA Practice Guidelines. The APA is a member society of both the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH). 

    International Directory
International Membership
International Resources
Annual Meeting

In Psychiatric News:

"WHO Plan Guides Nations on Improving Mental Health Care" (July 2013)
"U.S. Residents Get Time on International Psychiatry Stage" (June 2013)
"Psychiatrist on Mission to Help Mentally Ill People in Poor Countries" (June 2013)
"New Law to Transform Mental Health Services for China" (May 2013)
"U.N. Puts So-Called Conversion Therapies In Spotlight as Human Rights Issue" (April 2013)
"United Nations Benefits From Psychiatrist's Expertise" (March 2013)                                      
"Global Initiative on Psychiatry" (February 2013)
"Don't Let Borders Limit Your Perspective" (January 2013)                                                                              


For more information contact the international affairs program manager at: