American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association (APA ) is the main association of psychiatrists and psychiatrists in training in the United States and the world's most influential association of the art. The American Psychiatric Association, headquartered in Arlington County is not to be confused with the American Psychological Association, which is also abbreviated as APA. The association has about 36,000 members who are mainly American but some members also come from other countries. The APA publishes various magazines and publications as well as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM ) manual.


At a meeting in 1844 in Philadelphia founded 13 people, the Association of Medical Superintendents of American Institutions for the Insane ( AMSAII ), from 1921, the American Psychiatric Association was.

Organisation and membership

The APA is headed by a President and a Board of Trustees with an executive committee. The APA shall hold an annual conference.

Important personalities

Adolf Meyer was announced as president of the American Psychiatric Association. He was one of the most influential personalities of psychiatry in the first half of the 20th century.

Robert Spitzer was one of the key persons in the development of the first versions of the DSM.

Donald Ewen Cameron is primarily known for his work in the field of mind control for the CIA. He was 1952-1953 president of the APA.