About Us

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.

The needs of psychiatrists working in the emergency settings are unique and this Association, more than any other, strives to represent its members and provide opportunities for them to learn and to network. AAEP organizes regional conferences, symposia, and workshops to discuss the latest information relative to emergency mental health care, teaching, research and funding. AAEP has developed a model curriculum for training in Emergency Psychiatry and continues to make a difference in the way emergency psychiatry services are delivered, improving the lives of our patients. We have collaborative relationships with consumer and family organizations, other neutral health groups, researchers, and policy groups. As an APA Allied Organization, AAEP formally represents Emergency Psychiatry within that organization. 

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 Mission Statement:

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


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.


The American Association for Emergency Psychiatry offers countless benefits to its members. Membership includes:

  • Discounted rates to our events and conferences (including the annual NUBE conference)
  • Access to our journal
  • Access to online career center
  • Ability to use AAEP listserv
  • Access to quarterly newsletter 
  • Networking opportunities, professional development and, much more!

Join AAEP today to ensure your professional development, access to an unparalleled network, and to be part of a unified voice for emergency mental health. Members have access to the members only section of the website and member forums where they can be involved in discussions with other members around the world.

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For more information, please contact AAEP at [email protected].