Our Mission

The American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis (AAPDPP) is an organization of psychiatrists dedicated to using, teaching, and advancing psychodynamic and psychoanalytic principles and skills in the practice of modern psychiatry wherever clinical work takes place.

We are an affiliate organization of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and welcome interested colleagues to join us at our Annual Meetings and share our publications.

The aims of The American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis are:

  • To provide a forum for discussion of psychodynamic work in the consulting room as well as ideas and research in psychodynamic psychiatry and psychoanalysis;
  • To encourage research and scholarship in psychodynamic psychiatry and psychoanalysis;
  • To support education in psychodynamic principles and skills for trainees in psychiatry and psychoanalysis as well as for graduate psychiatrists and for other mental health clinicians;
  • To support inquiry into the phenomena of individual motivation and social behavior, basic building blocks of psychodynamic thinking;
  • To foster communication among psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and colleagues in the sciences and the humanities.


What is Psychodynamic Psychiatry?


The Academy welcomes physician psychoanalysts, licensed psychiatrists, residents and medical students who are interested in psychodynamic psychiatry.

Interested in joining the Academy? View the Membership section for details and to obtain an application.

Editor of Psychodynamic Psychiatry

Editor of Psychodynamic Psychiatry discusses the recent book, Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry,
by Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., with Ogi Ogas: A Critical Discussion

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Psychodynamic Psychiatry

The Official Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry
Editor: Richard C. Friedman, M.D.
Deputy Editor: Jennifer Downey, M.D.
Deputy Editor: C├ęsar Alfonso, M.D.

Freud Lectures

Lectures by Academy Members

AAPDPP 64th Annual Meeting
April 23 - April 25, 2020 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Relationships
Watch for the Preliminary Program and Registration - coming soon!

Scott Schwartz Award - Call for Submissions
Scott Schwartz Award

The American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysisy
Executive Director: Jacquelyn T. Coleman, CAE
One Regency Drive - P.O. Box 30 - Bloomfield, CT 06002
Tel: 1-888-691-8281 - Fax: 860-286-0787 - E-Mail: info@aapdp.org