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.

Series IV of the Academy’s Educational Lecture Series

“Biopsychosocial Aspects of Psychodynamic Psychiatry”



Gerald P. Perman, MD, AAPDPP Past President


Upcoming Presentations

July 20, 2023

Sara Culleton, MD, PhD – Applying Psychodynamic Principles to Encounters in the Inpatient Consult-Liaison Psychiatry Setting

September 15, 2023

Robert Post, MD – Memories are Malleable: Remember to Remind Yourself of Positive Experiences

October 19, 2023

Mark Erikson, MD – Darwin, and Freud’s Epistemological Path to the Unconscious

November 16, 2023

Gerald Perman, MD – Virtual Psychiatry is Here to Stay

December 21, 2023

Samar Habl, MD – Systems Enactment in Psychodynamic Psychiatry

January 18, 2024

Jessica Meyer, MD – Psychodynamic Aspects of Infertility

February 15. 2024

Elise Synder, MD – The CAPA Experience

March 21, 2024

Ahron Friedberg, MD – Finding Happiness During Times of Trouble

April 18, 2024

Sylvia Olarte, MD – Reflections on a Psychodynamic Career after 50 Years of Practicing