Scientific links

This list of societies and organisations is by no means exhaustive but we hope it offers a good starting point.  ISAD will continue to add links and would be pleased to receive suggestions.

The links resources are one way in which ISAD is helping to build networks between research disciplines.
ISAD is aiming to build a resource for researchers with an international scope.

ISAD is not responsible for the content of or opinions expressed by external sites.

Scientific Societies

AEP - Association of European Psychiatrists

The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)is a multi-disciplinary interest group for people involved in the practice and theory of behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy.

BAP - British Association for Psychopharmacology
The BAP was founded in 1974, with the general intention of bringing together those from clinical and experimental disciplines as well as members of the pharmaceutical industry involved in the study of psychopharmacology. To this end the Association arranges scientific meetings, fosters research and teaching, encourages publication of results of research and provides guidance and information to the public on matters relevant to psychopharmacology.

CINP - Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum

ECNP - European College of NeuroPsychopharmacology
The European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) which was established in 1987 on the initiative of European Scientists working in the field of neuropsychopharmacology, aims to encourage research and facilitate communication of ideas in the convergent disciplines

European Sleep Research Society
The European Sleep and Research Society is an international scientific non-profit organization and promotes all aspects of sleep research.

IPA - International Pscyhogeriatric Association
IPA has led the way in education, research, professional development, advocacy, health promotion, and service development. We’ve reached out to professionals across all disciplines, across all regions, and across all geriatric issues with the intent of educating both the care provider and the patient.

ISBD - International Society for Bipolar Disorders
The Society aims to become the internationally recognized forum to foster ongoing international collaboration on education and research with an objective to advance the treatment of all aspects of bipolar disorders, resulting in improvements in outcomes/quality of life for those with bipolar disorder and their significant others.

International Society for Research on Impulsivity
The International Society for Research on Impulsivity (ISRI) is a nonprofit scientific society founded to promote research collaboration on impulsivity and impulse control disorders by scientists around the world.

International Neuropsychiatric Association (INA)
Neuropsychiatry is a field of scientific medicine that concerns itself with the complex relationship between human behavior and brain function, and endeavours to understand abnormal behavior and behavioral disorders on the basis of an interaction of neurobiological and psychosocial factors. It is rooted in clinical neuroscience, and provides a bridge between the disciplines of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neuropsychology.

The Japanese Society for Sleep Research
The Japanese Society of Sleep Research was established with the aims of promoting scientific research in sleep and enhancing medicine and medical treatments related to sleep, and through these efforts to contribute to improving the health of the Japanese people.
This site is in Japanese but includes an English translation

Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms
The Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms is a not-for-profit international organization founded in 1988, dedicated to fostering research, professional development and clinical applications in the fields of light therapy and biological rhythms.

United Kingdom Society for Behavioural Medicine
The UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM) works towards integrating knowledge of biology, behaviour and the environment to prevent and treat disease.

World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry
Founded in 1974 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry is a non-profit, international organization composed of over 50 national societies of biological psychiatry, representing over 4,500 professionals.

Professional Organisations


World Psychiatric Association
The formal founding of the World Psychiatric Association took place in 1961 and signified a move towards an internationally-valued professional identity

American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized world-wide. Its over 35,000 U.S. and international member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

Canadian Psychiatric Association
Founded in 1951, the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) is the national voluntary professional association for Canada's 4,000 psychiatrists
This site is available in English and French.

Royal College of Psychiatrists
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional and educational body for psychiatrists in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland

Royal Australia & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
The College represents more than 2,500 fully qualified psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand, known as 'Fellows' of the college, and approximately 800 doctors who are training to become psychiatrists.

South African Society of Psychiatrists
The aims of the Society are to promote, maintain and protect the honour and interests of the discipline of Psychiatry as a medical profession, and to serve the community.

DGPPN - German Psychiatry and Psychology Association


American Psychological Association
Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.

British Psychological Society
The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. The Society was formed in 1901 and now has approximately 43,000 members.

European Federation of Psychologists Associations
EFPA is the leading Federation of National Psychology Associations. It provides a forum for European cooperation in a wide range of fields of academic training, psychology practice and research.

General Medical


British Medical Associa
The British Medical Association represents doctors from all branches of medicine all over the UK. It has a total membership of over 138,000, rising steadily, including more than 2,500 members overseas and over 19,000 medical student members.




WONCA International
Wonca is made up of national colleges, academies or organizations concerned with the academic aspects of general family practice. Beginning with 18 members in 1972, there are now 97 member organizations in 79 countries. This includes eight organizations in collaborative relations with Wonca. In all, the total membership of the member organizations of Wonca is over 200,000 general practitioners/family physicians.

National Government Organisations


National Institute for Mental Health England
NIMHE is responsible for supporting the implementation of positive change in mental health and mental health services

Department of Health
Providing health and social care policy, guidance and publications

'Well?' is dedicated to communicating the work of the Scottish Executive's National Programme for Improving the Mental Health and Well-Being of Scotland's Population


United States Department of Health and Human Services
HHS is the U.S. government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

NIMH - National Institute for Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is one of 27 components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Federal government's principal biomedical and behavioral research agency. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Research Groups


Sainsbury's Centre for Mental Health
We work to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems by influencing policy and practice in mental health services.
Our focus is on criminal justice and employment, and broad mental health policy. We do this through project work, research, publications and events.

Centre for Evidence Based Mental Health
The remit of the Centre has been two-fold:
To promote the teaching and practice of evidence-based health care (EBHC) throughout the UK (with special emphasis on evidence-based mental health) and internationally.
To develop, evaluate, and disseminate improved methods of using research in practice, and incorporate these in the teaching methods of the CEBMH.


National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health (STAKES)
STAKES engages in research and development in order to promote mental health work development in service delivery systems. We produce and disseminate information on mental health and develop methods for preventive mental health work. In addition, we maintain statistics in the topic area.


NARSAD: The Mental Health Research Association is the largest donor-supported organization in the world that supports research on brain and behaviour disorders.