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.   


  • The April NewsBlast from the Washington Fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association is available now. read more
  • April 1-2, Washington, DC - IOM Workshop: Strategies for Scaling Tested and Effective Family-Focused Preventive Interactions to Promote Children's Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health read more
  • The February/March 2014 NewsBlast from the Washington Fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association is available now. read more
  • APA requests nominations for the Diane J. Willis Early Career Award read more
  • Open Society Foundations seeking individuals for Fellowships in Baltimore City  read more
  • Deborah Klein Walker, John Sargent and Diane Willis elected to Ortho Board   read more 
  • Gary Melton, AJO co-editor, to receive 4th award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology from APA  read more 
  • Angela Pena becomes Ortho's new membership coordinator  read more 
  • Former Ortho President, Dr. Andres Pumariega, keynotes Columbia Journalism School Workshop on "Immigrants, Refugees and Mental Health" read more 



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Research Corner

  • Influence of perceived and actual neighbourhood disorder on common mental illness (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

Coming in AJO….

Vol. 84, issue 1 includes award addresses from the Greenville Symposium on Changing the Culture Toward Health and Just Communities.  John Morris, executive director of the Annapolis Coalition on Behavioral Health Workforce, explores the elusive goal of healthy and just communities while Bob Witeck, president and founder of Witek Communications, discusses lessons from social marketing as it relates to acceptance of LGBT people and Susan Bales, founder and president of the FrameWorks Institute argues for reframing the way we talk about child mental health.

Also in the issue are sections on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Issues and Housing Instability and Depression.   

In Reflections from the Ninth Decade, Murran and Adeline Levine comment on whether we are losing control of our public schools.  For subscription information, click here.  Members receive AJO as a member benefit. 

AJO to be published 6 times a year  
Published continuously since 1930, the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry is the principal publication of Ortho. Beginning in 2014, AJO will once again be published by the American Psychological Association (APA).  The first 2014 issue will release in January, and 6 issues will be published each year.  Your Ortho membership includes a print and online subscription to AJO.  For online access, click here.  If you are not an Ortho member and would like subscription information, click here.   

New co-editors of AJO selected
Effective July 1, 2014, William Spaulding, PhD and Jill McLeigh, PhD will assume editorial responsibilities for AJO. Current co-editors, Oscar Barbarin, PhD and Gary Melton, PhD will continue as senior editors.  Sharon Crout will continue as editorial assistant.  read more     

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