American Psychoanalytic Association

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American Psychoanalytic Association
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Formation1911; 110 years ago (1911)
Founded atBaltimore, Maryland, US[1]
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, US
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The American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) is an association of psychoanalysts in the United States. APsaA serves as a scientific and professional organization with a focus on education, research, and membership development.[2]


The American Psychoanalytic Association[2] was founded in 1911 by Welsh neurologist and psychoanalyst Ernest Jones, with the support of Sigmund Freud. Other founders of the organization are Adolf Meyer (psychiatrist), James Jackson Putnam, G. Lane Taneyhill, John T. MacCurdy, Trigant Burrow, and G. Alexander Young.

The APsaA is the second oldest American psychoanalytic organization, after the New York Psychoanalytic Society which was founded a few months before by Abraham Arden Brill.

In 1991 the APsaA issued a statement allowing training of gay psychoanalysts.[3] In 1992 the APsaA prohibited discrimination against gay people when selecting teaching faculty.[3] In 2019 the APsaA apologized for having treated homosexuality as a mental illness.[4]


APsaA has over 3,000 members, including 33 accredited training institutes and 38 affiliate societies. At the association's biannual meetings held in February and June, members convene to exchange ideas, present research, and discuss training and membership issues.

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  1. ^ a b "Chronological Table of Officers and Meetings" (PDF). New York: American Psychoanalytic Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 July 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b "APsaA Mission & Vision | APsaA". Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  3. ^ a b "Stonewall's 50th Anniversary and an Overdue Apology". Psychology Today. 2019-06-21. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  4. ^ "American Psychoanalytic Association Apologizes for Classifying Homosexuality as Mental Illness". 2019-06-21. Retrieved 2019-06-26.

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