History & Mission

The Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine (APM) was founded in June 1942, incorporated as a non-profit organization on February 13, 1945, and is a component society of both the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytical Association. The APM currently has over 200 members in active practice as psychoanalysts and psychoanalysts in training. Most of our active members are graduates of programs of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and a small but significant percentage of our membership are graduates of other institutes. All members of our society have doctoral degrees either in medicine or in psychology.

The mission of The Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine  is to foster discussion, to educate, and to promote the acquisition of new knowledge among its members and those interested in the clinical practice of psychoanalysis, in psychoanalytic theories of mind, and in related interdisciplinary fields. To this end, the APM sponsors and organizes monthly scientific meetings, open to those practicing and interested in psychoanalysis, as well as symposia, study groups, master classes, and more. These activities of the Association are geared to enhance the level of the clinical and theoretical knowledge of the members of the APM and at the same time to reflect the training and practice standards required for membership in the organization.