International Early Psychosis Association

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IEPA, Early Intervention in Mental Health Inc
Typeprofessional association
Peter B. Jones (United Kingdom)
Key people
  • Merete Nordentoft (Denmark)
    Vice President (Europe)
  • Jeffrey Lieberam
    Vice President (United States)
  • Eric Chen (Hong Kong)
    Vice President (Europe)

The International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) is a professional body and international network for those with a professional interest in early psychosis intervention.


The need for a professional network was proposed at a conference in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in June 1997, and then the association was formed in 1998.


The objectives of the IEPA, as listed on their website. They include enhancing the awareness of early psychosis and the process of recovery, providing a collaborative network for stakeholders, and contributing to the development of knowledge, research, and best practice for early psychosis.

Executive group and membership[edit]

The IEPA is governed by a group of officers, elected by a members every four years. Membership of the associated is free, based on a web-based application. There are over 3,000 members as of 2008.[1]


Following the inaugural conference in Melbourne in 1996 (Verging on Reality), international academic conferences have been held every two years in New York (2000), Copenhagen (2002),[2] Vancouver (2004), Birmingham (2006), Melbourne (2008),[3] Amsterdam (2010), San Francisco (2012), Tokyo (2014), and Milan (2016). The association has awarded the Richard Wyatt Award to key contributors to the field of early psychosis since 2004. Professor Patrick McGorry, Professor Max Birchwood, and Dr Thomas McGlashan are the recipients for 2004, 2006 and 2008 respectively.[4]

Peer-reviewed journal[edit]

The association has endorsed the Early Intervention in Psychiatry peer-reviewed journal.[5] The inaugural issue was in February 2007. Professor Patrick McGorry is the Editor-in-Chief.


  1. ^ McGorry PD, Killackey E, Yung A (October 2008). "Early intervention in psychosis: concepts, evidence and future directions". World Psychiatry. 7 (3): 148–56. PMC 2559918. PMID 18836582.
  2. ^ McGorry PD, Nordentoft M, Simonsen E, editors. Early psychosis: a bridge to the future. 3rd International Conference on Early Psychosis; 2002 Sep; Copenhagen, Denmark. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists (GB); c2005. 124 p
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