Celebrating 90 Years of Innovation in Mental Health and Social Justice
Welcome to the American Orthopsychiatric Association!

Ortho was founded in 1924 by a small group of individuals with a shared interest in uniting and providing a common meeting ground for those engaged in the study and treatment of problems of human behavior. To reflect the interdisciplinary approach of the organization and the actual work with which they were concerned (such as redirecting youth development in a positive direction), they combined the prefix "Ortho" (from the Greek "to straighten") with "psychiatry." Today, Ortho continues to attract professionals from psychology, psychiatry, social work, sociology, nursing, and law who are concerned about the application of mental health research to the creation of humane social policy, the improvement of mental health practice in a manner consistent with the public interest, and the prevention of mental health problems.   

  • Ortho accepting nominations for Vera Paster Award read more
  • Call for Proposals for the 2015 Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health read more
  • Ortho endorses AAAS Statement urging U.S. to ratify Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities read more 
  • Early career clinicians are encouraged to apply for 2015 Pearson Early Career Grant read more 
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announces call for applications for the 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize read more
  • Ortho among prevention scientists signing letter to Wall Street Journal arguing that mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders are preventable read more
  • Addressing America's Poverty Crisis read more
  • Ortho co-hosts Congressional Briefing promoting Children's Mental Health and Social-Emotional Development read more
  • The Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) has launched a new database and library to assist injury and violence scientists and practitioners read more   

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Research Corner
  • New resource on the relationship between bullying and suicide more 
  • Influence of perceived and actual neighbourhood disorder on common mental illness (2014) more
  • Collaborative for Change releases inaugural white paper, Better Solutions for Youth with Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System (Apr. 2014) more
  • Early Childhood Intervention: The Power of Family (video) (Dec. 2013)  more    
  • Including Orphans and Vulnerable Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Development Programs (Jan. 2014) more

Spotlight on AJO

Available now in AJO, Vol. 84 (4)….
 Interpersonal Violence
Culture and Mental Health

Housing Issues and Psychological Adaptation

In the Ninth Decade:  New Directions in Orphan and Vulnerable Children Policy and Research:  A Focus on Supporting "Suitable" Institutions When Placement is "Necessary" for a Child  

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Spotlight on 

Residential Care and Treatment of Children and Adolescents: Current Issues in the United States and Abroad

Vol 84, Issue 3

This special section contains six articles including a Consensus statement on group care for children and adolescents endorsed by the American Orthopsychiatric Association.  For a Table of Contents and to download articles, go to:  

My Brother's Keeper Initiative

On February 11, 2014, the Obama administration announced the My Brother's Keeper initiative to focus attention and resources on creating opportunities for boys and young men of color. In 2013, Ortho published a special issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry (Vol. 83, number 2-3, April-July) featuring the work of the Boys of Color Collaborative. The section includes 17 articles on the development of boys of color. To download articles from this special issue, go to http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/special/5698305.aspx. For more information about the Boys of Color Collaborative, see Youth-Nex (http://curry.virginia.edu/research/centers/youth-nex/project/boys-of-color-collaboration).   
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