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.

66th Annual AAPDPP Meeting

May 18-20, 2023

San Francisco, California *

Race, Gender and Climate Have Entered the Chat
Psychodynamic Considerations

Program Co-Chairs: Gerald P. Perman, MD, Joseph J. Rasimas, MD, Danielle Patterson, MD, E. Grace Cho, MD, Douglas Ingram, MD William Butler, M.D

Co-Chairs of Scientific Programs Committee: Kimberly R. Best, MD and Joseph J. Rasimas, MD

CME Committee Chair: Silvia W. Olarte, M.D.


Educational Lectures

Series III: Race, Gender and Climate Have Entered the Chat!

Sign up now for the June 16, 2022 – April 20, 2023 presentations!


Zoom links are sent a day or so prior to each event.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

8:00 – 9:30 PM

Culture, Surprise and the Psychoanalyst

presented by
Alexandra Harrison MD

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Thursday, January 19, 2023
8:00 – 9:30 PM

Humiliation and Oppression: Hidden in Plain Sight

presented by
Richard Chefetz, MD

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Thursday, February 16, 2023
8:00 – 9:30 PM

When Disavowal Goes Global: The Critical Role of Psychoanalytic Thinking in Overcoming Behavioral Resistance to the Climate Change Response

presented by
Elizabeth Haase MD

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Thursday, March 16, 2023
8:00 – 9:30 PM

Rescue Fantasies of a Psychiatrist in Society, or, Can Psychiatrists Help Address Social Psychiatric Problems Beyond Patient Care?

presented by
Steven Moffic MD

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Thursday, April 20, 2023
8:00 – 9:30 PM

Current Development of Concepts of Transference and Countertransference

presented by
Harold Blum, MD

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Presentations are FREE OF CHARGE to AAPDPP members, residents and medical students. Non-Member registration fee is $25 per presentation (contact the Academy Executive Office to receive a discount if registering for the entire series).

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Race, Gender and Climate Have Entered the Chat!

Chair of Series:

Gerald P. Perman, MD

AAPDPP Past President