Over the ensuing years, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry has had a tremendous influence in shaping psychiatric thinking, public programs, and clinical practice in mental health. It continues today to pioneer in exploring issues and ideas on the frontiers of psychiatry and in applying psychiatric insights into the general medical, social, and interpersonal problems of our times.
The Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) was founded in 1946 by a group of physicians under the dynamic leadership of the late Dr. William C. Menninger. Their wartime experiences had brought them to realize the urgency of greater public awareness of the need for new programs in mental health for the people of the United States.
GAP analyzes significant data in psychiatry and human relations, reevaluates old concepts, develops new ones, and applies this knowledge for the advancement of mental health.
Membership in GAP is by invitation only and now comprises some 300 psychiatrists. Each member belongs to a committee that is working in his or her area of special interest and expertise. The 29 committees meet regularly, select their own topics for exploration, invite participation by expert consultants from other disciplines, collect and evaluate data, and present the resulting work to the entire GAP membership for further and rigorous scrutiny.
Publication of findings as GAP reports, videotapes, at scientific meetings, and through other media serve to distribute the work of GAP.
The GAP Fellowship
The GAP Fellowship is a two-year experience during which the Fellow attends four semi-annual meetings and works with a GAP committee on its current project. The Fellow has the opportunity to meet and work collaboratively with some of the leading psychiatrists in North America and to develop a relationship with other outstanding residents. You can download a brochure describing the fellowship by clicking here.