Whether you are an academic researcher, a psychiatrist or psychologist in clinical practice or a mental health nurse in a public health setting ISAD has something to offer you.

  • to build networks of all those interested or having an interest in affective disorders
  • to cultivate international research collaborations in affective disorders
  • to promote the dissemination of research
  • to promote understanding and awareness of the affective disorders
The main day-to-day function of the society is an improved networking of all those interested or having an interest in affective disorders. This will be carried out through the web site

The Journal of Affective Disorders is the Society’s house journal.
Impact factor
2006: 3.078
Journal Citation Reports® 2006, published by Thomson Scientific

Conferences & Meetings
The ISAD biennial conference is the only one to focus solely on the affective disorders in all their aspects, and brings together recent research findings.

Supporting Research
ISAD encourages research by granting travel bursaries to the meetings, having a young investigator award and other activities.

Continuing Professional Development
ISAD is now so well respected and brings such a high level of scientific credibility to events and meetings that a formal evaluation procedure has been introduced to consider applications for ISAD endorsement of various educational programmes for clinicians.

ISAD Special Interest Committees & Meetings
The Committee on Chronotherapeutics in Affective Disorders (CCAD) was formed in 2004 by ISAD to review chronotherapeutics (light and wake therapy) in affective disorders. The committee's report has been published as an Editorial in Psychological Medicine.

Advocacy Partnership
Our advocacy partners represent a variety of interests and include patient groups that represent those living with mental health problems and organisations striving to improve healthcare professionals standards of care by encouraging positive practice.

Joining online is quick, straightforward and completely secure

Find the right membership for you.
We have a range of memberships with reductions to reflect geographical regions and young researchers.
To become an ISAD Fellow please submit an application to the Society.
There are various categories of membership:

Distinguished Fellow
This category includes the Foundation Fellows.

Fellow: Fellowship requires two or more articles on related subjects containing original data that have been published in peer reviewed journals. The definition of a peer-reviewed journal is sufficiently broad to encompass reputable journals in all disciplines and all countries. It will therefore include those working in a scientific capacity in Universities, Hospitals, Industry and other settings.

Affiliated Members

There are 3 types of affiliate membership
  1. Junior Researchers: who have not yet achieved the two publications necessary for fellowship but who may wish to play a part in the Society, attend the meetings and subscribe to the Journal of Affective Disorders. They will subsequently become eligible for fellowship on submission of the necessary two peer reviewed publications. Junior researchers are to be seconded by Fellows
  2. Clinicians: those with a substantial element of their practice in affective disorders, whatever the clinical discipline are welcome to receive the privileges of membership on submission of a brief CV and description of their practice.
  3. Members of recognised advocacy groups: the officers and members of established groups that are acting in alliance with the Charity will be accepted in membership of the society on submission of evidence of membership of the advocacy group. Recognised advocacy groups will be decided by consultation within the executive committee, these decisions to be transparent.
Application Forms & Fees
Application forms

Electronic online form to apply for fellowship

Junior Researchers
Advocacy Group Affiliated Status
Advocacy Group Member


The fee for Fellows membership for the year 2016 is GBP£150.00 or the foreign currency equivalent at the current exchange rate plus £10 banker's commission fee.

There are reductions available for Fellows from countries classified by the World Bank as upper-middle, lower-middle and low income economies. Click here to check your Zone.

This will entitle you to fellowship of the society and includes an electronic subscription to the house journal, The Journal of Affective Disorders. A hardcopy subscription to the Journal is available for an additional fee of £60 to cover print, postage and packing.

Fellowship also includes access to the 'closed' section of the ISAD web site and a concessionary attendance rate at the biennial Conference.  ISAD also embodies the World Psychiatric Association Section for Affective Disorders to which you also have membership.  This gives you access to the WPA newsletters and alerts for WPA events. 

Please complete the electronic online form to apply for fellowship. Once fellowship status is agreed we will email you a request for payment and ask you to provide any further details. Please complete all boxes marked with an * on the application form. In particular please ensure that we have:

  • your correct email address
  • 2 published papers together with their full references
  • choose up to 5 keywords from the list provided to describe your research interests

Affiliate Categories

Affiliate members may choose to pay a reduced fee of £90.00 for 2016 without a subscription to the Journal. An electronic subscription to the Journal of Affective Disorders can be included in affiliate membership for £150.00

This membership also includes access to the 'closed' section of the ISAD web site.

Please complete the online application form to apply for Affiliate membership. Once membership is agreed we will email you a request for payment and ask you to provide any further details.

Accepted Forms of Payment

Payment may be made by


If your cheque is not made out to Sterling please add £10 to cover bank charges.
*Please make cheques payable to:
”The International Society for Affective Disorders”

2.International Money Order

3.Credit Card – Mastercard or Visa only

4.Electronic Transfer

If you wish to pay by electronic bank transfer or wire please contact the ISAD administrator for details.
Our postal address is:

Caroline Loveland
ISAD Administrator
Institute of Psychiatry
PO72, De Crespigny Park
Denmark Hill