About AAEP

Mission Statement

AAEP promotes timely, compassionate, and effective mental health services for persons with mental illnesses, regardless of their ability to pay, in all crisis and emergency care settings. 

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.

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. The American Association of Emergency Psychiatry is the voice of emergency mental health professionals. 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. 


Members of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry receive our electronic newsletter, discounts on Web Conferences, Job Postings, Brochures, CME events, and meetings hosted by AAEP. Members are granted access to the members only section of the website and have access to forums where they can be involved in discussions with members around the world. Memberships dues can conveniently be paid online here. For more information, please contact AAEP at [email protected].