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The American Journal of Psychiatry

Official Journal of the American Psychiatric Association

Edited by Ned H. Kalin, M.D.

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Committed to keeping the field of psychiatry vibrant and relevant by publishing the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, The American Journal of Psychiatry (AJP) is one of the most widely read psychiatric journals in the world and is the journal that the overwhelming majority of psychiatrists considers essential. Published monthly, it is an indispensable journal for all psychiatrists and other mental health professionals who need to stay on the cutting edge of virtually every aspect of psychiatry.


  • The American Journal of Psychiatry's latest Impact Factor is 19.242. (Clarivate Analytics, 2022)
  • A recent poll conducted by the BioMedical & Life Sciences Division of The Special Libraries Association identified the 100 most influential journals in all of Biology & Medicine over the last 100 years. The American Journal of Psychiatry was among those honored, the only psychiatry/psychology journal represented.


  • AJP in Advance—As part of the Journal's commitment to bringing the latest research to the field faster, all research articles now appear online in advance of their appearance in a print issue. AJP in Advance is updated with new articles on the 1st and 15th of each month (or the next business day).
  • Treatment in Psychiatry Series—Leading experts provide a hypothetical case vignette on commonly encountered issues in patient care followed by a summary of the relevant research literature, plus offers recommendations of how to proceed with assessment and treatment.
  • Clinical Case Conference Series— Complements the Treatment in Psychiatry series by giving additional practice oriented guidance by presenting actual patients (with disguised identities) who pose especially difficult or unique problems in diagnosis and treatment.
  • AJP Audio—Each online issue includes a 30-minute downloadable MP3 format program that contains highlights and selected findings from the issue.
  • Residents Journal—Each online issue is also accompanied by a FREE electronic publication produced specifically for psychiatry residents that features instructive cases, perspectives on training and career development, and discussions of unique clinical or educational programs along with special instructional columns from AJP Editors.

No other psychiatric journal reaches more psychiatrists with greater impact or immediacy than The American Journal of Psychiatry, the journal that the overwhelming majority of psychiatrists consider essential. The findings presented in AJP explore the full spectrum of issues related to mental health diagnoses and treatment, with editorials that place the most groundbreaking research into clinical context.

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    Editorial Board

    Ned H. Kalin, M.D.

    Deputy Editors
    Elisabeth Binder, M.D., Ph.D.
    Kathleen T. Brady, M.D., Ph.D.
    David A. Lewis, M.D.
    Daniel S. Pine, M.D.
    Carolyn Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.
    Madhukar Trivedi, M.D.

    Associate Editors
    Olusola Ajilore, M.D., Ph.D.
    Huda Akil, Ph.D.
    Melissa Arbuckle, M.D., Ph.D.
    Eraka P.J. Bath, M.D.
    Alan Brown, M.D., M.P.H.
    Tyrone Cannon, Ph.D.
    Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
    Benjamin G. Druss, M.D., M.P.H.
    Javier I. Escobar, M.D., M.Sc.
    Julie L. Fudge, M.D.
    Qiyong Gong, M.D., Ph.D.
    Raquel E. Gur, M.D., Ph.D.
    Helena Hansen, M.D., Ph.D.
    David C. Henderson, M.D.
    Yasmin Hurd, Ph.D.
    Clinton D. Kilts, Ph.D.
    Carlos Lopez Jaramillo, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.
    Joan L. Luby, M.D.
    John C. Markowitz, M.D.
    Helen S. Mayberg, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
    Terrie E. Moffitt, Ph.D.
    Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.
    Roy Perlis, M.D.
    Diego A. Pizzagalli, Ph.D.
    Bryan L. Roth, M.D., Ph.D.
    Alan F. Schatzberg, M.D.
    Dikoma C. Shungu, Ph.D.
    Anita Thapar, M.B.B.Ch., F.R.C.Psych., Ph.D., F.Med.Sci.
    Mauricio Tohen, M.D., Dr.PH., M.B.A.
    Giulio Tononi, M.D., Ph.D.
    Nim Tottenham, Ph.D.
    John T. Walkup, M.D.

    Editors Emeritus
    Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D.
    Robert Freedman, M.D.

    Former Editors
    Amariah Brigham, M.D., 1844–1849
    T. Romeyn Beck, M.D., 1849–1854
    John P. Gray, M.D., 1854–1886
    G. Alder Blumer, M.D., 1886–1894
    Richard Dewey, M.D., 1894–1897
    Henry M. Hurd, M.D., 1897–1904
    Edward N. Brush, M.D., 1904–1931
    Clarence B. Farrar, M.D., 1931–1965
    Francis J. Braceland, M.D., 1965–1978
    John C. Nemiah, M.D., 1978–1993

About the Authors

Ned H. Kalin, M.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Kalin is among the most accomplished biological psychiatrists, working to understand the brain mechanisms underlying mental disorders. He is currently Hedberg Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Kalin also serves as the Director of the Health Emotions Research Institute and Director of the Lane Neuroimaging Laboratory, both at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a Distinguished Fellow of the APA, and serves on the APA Council on Research. His special area of research interest is anxiety disorders, and he has led a robust research effort at the University of Wisconsin that encompasses molecular, preclinical, and human neuroimaging approaches focused on understanding molecular and neural circuit alterations that underlie the childhood risk for anxiety and depression.

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