American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

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American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.
Formation1934; 86 years ago (1934)
TypeProfessional association
HeadquartersDeerfield, Illinois
Official language
Paramjit T. Joshi, M.D.
Vice Chair
J. Clay Goodman, M.D.
Larry R. Faulkner, M.D.

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN) is a not-for-profit corporation that was founded in 1934 following conferences of committees appointed by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Neurological Association, and the then "Section on Nervous and Mental Diseases" of the American Medical Association. This action was taken as a method of identifying qualified specialists in psychiatry and neurology.[1] The ABPN is one of 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Since its first examination was delivered in 1935, the ABPN has been serving the public interest and promoting excellence in the practices of psychiatry and neurology through its certification and maintenance of certification processes. These processes are designed to identify qualified specialists through rigorous credential and training requirements and successful completion of board examinations for psychiatry, neurology, or neurology with special qualification in child neurology. ABPN committees develop tests that assess the current scientific knowledge and clinical expertise of physicians in order for them to achieve Board certification.


The mission of the ABPN is to develop and provide valid and reliable procedures for certification and continuing certification in psychiatry and neurology by:

  • Implementing state-of-the-art testing methods to evaluate candidate and diplomate competencies;
  • Applying available technologies and information to collect and analyze pertinent data;
  • Communicating and collaborating with training programs, residents, candidates, diplomates, professional and health care organizations, and the public;
  • Supporting innovative educational and research programs relevant to psychiatrists and neurologists; and
  • Operating internal programs and services effectively and efficiently.[2]


The Board of Directors consists of sixteen voting members. Elections to fill the places of members whose terms have expired take place annually. Neurology and psychiatry are always represented equally on the board. It is independently incorporated.[3]


In addition to the specialties of psychiatry, neurology, and neurology with special qualification in child neurology, the ABPN (sometimes in collaboration with other member boards) has sought from the ABMS and gained approval for recognition of 15 subspecialties, as listed below:[4]


  1. ^ Hollender, Marc H. (1991). The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology : the first fifty years. Deerfield, Illinois: The Board.
  2. ^ "Mission and History". American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  3. ^ Aminoff, Michael J.; Faulkner, Larry R. (2012). The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology : looking back and moving ahead. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Pub.
  4. ^ "Taking a subspecialty exam". American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

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