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.


Introducing Series V:

Learning from the Past; Preparing for the Future

Lucas Silva Lopes MD – Problematic Social Media Use and its Relationship with Depression or Anxiety: A Systematic Study – June 20, 2024

William Butler MD – Psychodynamic Psychiatry in the General Hospital – July 18, 2024

Greg Mahr, MD, and David A. Moore, PsyD – The Psychodynamic Aspects of Acute Trauma – September 19, 2024

Salman Akhtar, MD –Seven Types of Truth and Their Clinical Significance – October 17, 2024

Mark Erickson, MD – Natural History, Sexual Boundaries, and Ferenczi’s Confusion of Tongues – November 21, 2024

Stevan Weine, MD – Wiseman in a Nation of Madhouses: The Psychotherapy of Young Allen Ginsberg – December 19, 2024

Jeffery Katzman, MD – Necessary Communications: Providing Critical Information in a Psychodynamic Frame – January 16, 2025

W. Scott Griffies, MD and Helen Ullrich, MD, PhD – Murder Suicide in Post-Katrina New Orleans: A Perfect Storm of Multi-Determined Causes (after the summer) – February 20, 2025

George Makari, MD – Of Fear And Strangers: A History of Xenophobia – March 20, 2025

Clarice Kestenbaum, MD – Women! Having it all but not all at the Same Time – April 17. 2025


All presentations are from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Free to AAPDPP members, residents and medical students; $25 per presentation for non-members

Registration will be available soon. Watch your email and the AAPDPP website www.AAPDPP.org