Welcome to The American Association for Emergency Psychiatry

What is Emergency Psychiatry?

Emergency Psychiatry is the clinical application of psychiatry in emergency settings. Conditions requiring psychiatric interventions may include attempted suicide, substance abuse, depression, psychosis, violence or other rapid changes in behavior. The AAEP sponsors educational programs and provides a network of experts to address clinical, educational, administrative, research and legal programs for the diverse disciplines involved in emergency psychiatry.
The American Association for Emergency Psychiatry is a multidisciplinary organization that serves as the voice of emergency mental health. The membership includes directors of psychiatric emergency services and emergency departments, psychiatrists, emergency physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, physician assistants, educators and other professionals involved in emergency psychiatry.

We are champions for the advancement of evidence based, compassionate care for behavioral emergencies through research, education, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

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AAEP is excited to host a virtual happy hour for our members! Join us as we network, chat about upcoming AAEP events and happenings, and have a drink with us virtually! 
This event is for members only. To view the link below, you must be logged in to your AAEP profile!




SAVE THE DATE! AAEP is excited to announce the dates for this year's 12th Annual NUBE Conference:

December 9-10, 2021
Renaissance  Hotel, Las Vegas


Stay tuned for updates including open registration, call for abstracts and papers, and more! Click here to join our FREE email list and stay in-the-know with all things NUBE and AAEP.


 Purchase Recordings from the 2020 NUBE Conference

NUBE took place December 2 - 4, 2020

The National Update on Behavioral Emergencies, or NUBE, is the only conference in the country to address behavioral emergencies in the acute care setting including emergency departments and PESs. The 2020 conference was held virtually, but you can still register to gain access to all the recordings.

Visit the conference website below for more information and to fill out the registration form.  

AAEP is a Proud Affiliate of: 

AAEP represents a multidisciplinary professional membership by:

  • Developing standards to promote excellence in care;
  • Educating the public and health professionals about crisis and emergency mental health care;
  • Encouraging research in all aspects of crisis and emergency psychiatric care;
  • Promoting training and the continuing education of health professionals working in crisis and emergency care settings; and
  • Providing opportunities for fellowship among its members.