Focus on Advancing Quality in Psychiatry for 2020 APA Annual Meeting

The theme of 2020 Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is “Advancing Quality: Challenges and Opportunities” and will occur in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 25-29 April 2020.

In addition to offering over 500 innovative and interactive scientific sessions on mental health through specialized tracks including addiction psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and more, the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is sponsoring three sessions highlighting the latest research findings on substance use disorders (SUD) and how they might apply to both research and practice. One session will discuss findings on the large, underserved populations of patients with SUD and psychiatric comorbidities and explore strategies to accelerate the development of evidence-based, integrated treatments. The other sessions will highlight advances in epidemiological and neurobehavioral research, address treatment challenges and review a longitudinal study of nearly 12,000 youths designed to increase understanding of how diverse experiences influence adolescent development.

The APA Annual Meeting will also be replete with state-of-the art updates on psychiatric dimensions of suicide by prominent speakers from around the world. Sessions will include discussions on the prevention and assessment of suicide, as well as evidence-based treatment and risk management strategies, through interactive and small group sessions, in addition to lectures and courses.

Courses offer a more intensive learning experience through 4 and 8-hour, in-depth offerings by national and international experts to learn or sharpen skills with the latest information. They cover a wide variety of subjects including psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, cannabis, motivational interviewing, neuropsychiatry, suicide assessment, global mental health, management of first-episode psychosis, forensic psychiatry, technology, transcranial magnetic stimulation, office-based buprenorphine treatment, and public speaking.

We invite mental health professionals from all countries to join us in the historic city of Philadelphia for the 2020 APA Annual Meeting. To learn more about the APA Annual Meeting and other APA activities go to or register online for the APA Annual Meeting at

Author: Professor Edmond Pi, WPA Zone 2 (United States) Representative

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