International Early Psychosis Association

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IEPA, Early Intervention in Mental Health Inc
Typeprofessional association
Eoin Killackey (Australia)
Key people
  • Phillipe Conus (Switzerland)
    Vice President (Europe)
  • Chi Cheng (Canada)
    Vice President (North America)
  • Sung-Wan Kim (South Korea)
    Vice President (Asia)

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 members every two years. Membership of the association is free and open to anyone with an interest in early intervention. Membership may be applied for online via a web-based application form. There are over 7,000 members as of 2020.[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), Milan (2016) and Boston (2018). In 2020 the conference was held for the first time in virtual format.

A second virtual conference was held November 8–12, 2021. IEPA's 13th International Conference on Early Intervention in Mental Health will be held in Singapore.

The association has awarded the Richard Wyatt Award to key contributors to the field of early psychosis since 2004. The recipients of this award have been::

Peer-reviewed journal[edit]

The association has endorsed the Early Intervention in Psychiatry peer-reviewed journal.[5] The inaugural issue was in February 2007 with Patrick McGorry as 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. doi:10.1002/j.2051-5545.2008.tb00182.x. 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
  3. ^ "Home".
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2010-06-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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