Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP)
The Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry grew out of the successes in providing modern psychiatric care to our soldiers in the field during World War II. Psychiatric leaders in the armed forces returned to find an inadequate system of civilian care and a need for professional leadership for the postwar clinical needs of the nation.
Under the leadership of Dr. William Menninger, GAP was formed, by the young turks in American psychiatry who were dissatisfied with the status of civilian psychiatry in 1947 and who were eager to advance psychiatry so it could truly take its proper place among the medical specialties.
• Bring together top psychiatrists across all disciplines.
• Offer an objective, critical perspective on current issues facing psychiatry.
• Develop smart analysis and recommendations
• Shape psychiatric thinking, clinical practice, and mental health programs.
• Advocate for necessary changes in the psychiatric field.
• Inspire the next generation of leading psychiatric thinkers.
GAP is a think tank of top psychiatric minds whose thoughtful analysis and recommendations serve to influence and advance modern psychiatric theory and practice.