Celebrating 90 Years of Innovation in Mental Health and Social Justice
Welcome to the American Orthopsychiatric Association!

Ortho was founded in 1924 by a small group of individuals with a shared interest in uniting and providing a common meeting ground for those engaged in the study and treatment of problems of human behavior. To reflect the interdisciplinary approach of the organization and the actual work with which they were concerned, they combined the prefix "Ortho" (from the Greek "to straighten") with "psychiatry."   Today, Ortho continues to attract professionals from psychology, psychiatry, social work, sociology, nursing, and law who are concerned about the application of mental health research to the creation of humane social policy, the improvement of mental health practice in a manner consistent with the public interest, and the prevention of mental health problems.   

Children's Mental Health Awareness Week  - May 4-10, 2014


  • The April NewsBlast from the Washington Fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association is available now read more
  • Ortho co-signs letter supporting demonstration project to encourage states and tribes to provide evidence-based psychosocial interventions to children and youth in foster care and to reduce the inappropriate use and over-prescription of psychotropic medications for this population read more
  • Ortho co-sponsoring this year's National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week Legislative Briefing
  • The Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) has launched a new database and library to assist injury and violence scientists and practitioners read more   
  • Ortho co-signs letter supporting the Medical Evaluation Parity for Service Members (MEPS) Act, S 2231/HR 4305 
  • Ortho participates in IOM Workshop: Strategies for Scaling Tested and Effective Family-Focused Preventive Interactions to Promote Children's Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health read more

  • News Archives


    News from the Hill 

     Get the latest news from Ortho's
     Washington Fellow, Brad Hornback 

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Research Corner
  • Influence of perceived and actual neighbourhood disorder on common mental illness (2014) more
  • Collaborative for Change releases inaugural white paper, Better Solutions for Youth with Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System (Apr. 2014) more
  • Early Childhood Intervention:  The Power of Family (video) (Dec. 2013)  more    
  • Including Orphans and Vulnerable Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Development Programs (Jan. 2014) more

Spotlight on AJO

Available now in AJO….

Check out Vol. 84, number 2 for a section on Mental Health Responses to Disasters and The Nature of Trauma. I
n Reflections from the Ninth Decade, Murray and Adeline Levine discuss research in the real world.

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My Brother's Keeper Initiative

On February 11, 2014, the Obama administration announced the My Brother's Keeper initiative to focus attention and resources on .  In 2013, Ortho published a special issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry (Vol. 83, number 2-3, April-July) featuring the work of the Boys of Color Collaborative.  The section includes 17 articles on the development of boys of color.  To download articles from this special issue, go to http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1939-0025.   For more information about the Boys of Color Collaborative, see Youth- Nex (http://curry.virginia.edu/research/centers/youth-nex/project/boys-of-color-collaboration).   
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