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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News & Updates

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: Racism and Violence Cannot Be Tolerated

Every day in our work in emergency psychiatry and medicine, we see people impacted by – and, sometimes with their crises entirely defined by – social determinants of health. That phrase – social determinants of health – encompasses many things, but inarguably it includes structural and systematic bias and racism. What has played out over recent days honoring the memories and grieving the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many more – and decrying the way they were killed – has challenged us to put in words how we are feeling.
The research on structural bias and racism in healthcare is extensive. The impact is measurable, sustainable, and concerning. And as much as it pains us to say this, we know that the field of psychiatry and the mental health system itself play roles in this as well, both historically and at present. Dr. Martin Luther King observed, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhuman.” 
But we take heart in being a part of AAEP because we know that our mission uniquely positions us to help people, including those most impacted by racial and social injustice. Our mission calls us to provide compassionate and evidence-based care; those values fully align with helping our patients, our teams, our communities, and our systems fight racism and its impact on health. We can condemn unjust and needless killings. We can champion the just and equitable care of those entrusted to us. 
We can look continuously at ourselves and strive to improve. We can speak loudly and without qualm that racism is wrong. 
Jack Rozel, President
Tony Thrasher, President-Elect

Les Zun, Immediate Past President

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.