ARLINGTON, Va. (May 13, 2013) – The American Psychiatric Association’s 166th Annual Meeting, will feature a series of sessions highlighting issues relating to diverse populations, including racial and ethnic groups, immigrants, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations.

The APA meeting, the world’s largest psychiatric meeting, will run Saturday, May 18 to Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in San Francisco at the Moscone Convention Center.

We live in an increasingly diverse society and the Annual Meeting will reflect that reality with sessions addressing such issues as cultural diversity in the workplace, challenges facing refugees and immigrants, mental health among transgender individuals, culture and the DSM-5, the role of family support for LGBT children and youth, and more.

In addition to the sessions at the Annual Meeting, APA’s Office of Minority and National Affairs will host a community event on Friday, May 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. The event, Mental Health Matters: Making Culture Work, is part of the OMNA on Tour series and is open to the public. The session will feature Annelle B. Primm, M.D., M.P.H., APA Deputy Medical Director; Keris J. Myrick, M.B.A., M.S., President and CEO, Project Return Peer Support Network; and Hyong Un, M.D., National Medical Director for Behavioral Health, Aetna.

Annual Meeting Diversity Sessions

9 a.m. – noon Trends, Uncertainties, and Controversies in the Treatment of the Transgendered, Chair: Steven Levine, M.D.

8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Work, Mental Health, and Cultural Diversity: A Dynamic Triad, Chair: Annelle B. Primm, M.D., M.P.H.

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The Cultural Formulation Interview: Applying the SDM-AV TR Outline for Cultural Formulation for DSM-5, Co-chairs: Russell Lim, M.D., Francis Lu, M.D.

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Acculturative Family Distancing: Developmental and Clinical Phenomena for Children of
Immigrants, Co-Chairs: Andres Pumariega, M.D., Dawn Sung, M.D.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Transgender Wellness across the Lifespan: What’s New in Clinical Care, Education, and Research?
Chair: Dan Karasic, M.D.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Impact of Culture, Ethnicity, and Ethnopsychopharmacology on Mood Disorders: An Update
Co-Chairs: David Mischoulon M.D., Ph.D., Shamsah Sonawalla, M.D.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview: A Standardized Cultural Assessment
Co-Chairs: Roberto Lweis-Fernandez, M.D., M.T.S., Neil Aggarwal, M.D., M.B.A.

9 a.m.—noon The AACAP Practice Parameter for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Gender Variant, and Transgender Youth

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cross-Cultural Common Denominators: Resiliency in Traumatized Children and Adolescents
Co-Chairs: Gabrielle L. Shapiro, M.D., Mardoche Sidor, M.D.

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Emotional and Sexual Intimacy Among Gay Men: Mental Health Issues and Treatment
Approaches to Relationship Problems, Chairs: Robert Kertzner, M.D., Marshall Forstein, M.D.

1:30 – 3 p.m. Cross-Cultural Psychiatry, Co-Chairs: Derya Akbiyik, O.U.S., Kashmira Rustomji, M.D.

2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Culture, Cognition, Values, and Wisdom, Co-Chairs: Vijoy Varma, M.D.; Avdesh Sharma, M.D.

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Challenges and Strengths of Intercultural Intimate Relationships
Chair: Ye Du, M.D., M.P.H.

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Critical Role of Family Support in Promoting Risk & Well-Being for LGBT Children & Youth, John Fryer Award Lecture (honoring an individual whose work has contributed to improving the mental health of sexual minorities), Caitlin Ryan, Ph.D., ACSW

9 a.m. – noon Treatment Outcome, Stigma, and Social Support in Depression: Findings from a Multi-ethnic, mixed-
Methods, Longitudinal Study, Co-chairs: Elizabeth Bromley, M.D., Ph.D., Kenneth Wells, M.D., M.P.H.

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. To Be or Not to Be Out: Gay and Transgender Psychiatrists Discuss Implications for Faculty,
Trainees, and Patients, Chair: Jack Pula, M.D.

2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Bringing the Uniform Out of the Closet: Artistic and Clinical Perspectives of Gay Military
Life Before and After “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists

2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Refugees and Exiles: Mental Health Implications, Repatriation, and Integration
Co- chairs Rama R. Gogineni, M.D.

2 p.m. Culture and DSM-5: Changes to Disorder Criteria and Text, Chair Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, M.D., M.T.S.

9a.m. – noon Psychiatry in Multicultural Settings: Training and Practice, Chair Richard Merkel, Jr. M.D., Ph.D.

1:30 p.m. — 3 p.m. E-Psychiatry: How Innovative Web Sites Reach Diverse Populations, Chair Enrico Castillo, M.D.

2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Bullying and Suicide: The Mental Health Crisis of LGBT Youth, What Is Being Done About It,
and How You Can Help, Chair Amir Ahuja, M.D.

2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Asylum Seekers and Refugees: Mental Health Challenges and Needs
Co-Chairs: Joanne Ahola, M.D., Ariel Shidlo, Ph.D.

Please see the final program for dates, times, and locations.

Source: APA.