Indo-American Psychiatric Association   
Mission & Goals

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Mission Statement

The Indo-American Psychiatric Association (IAPA) provides a forum for psychiatrists of Asian-Indian origin to consolidate professional identity, develop skills in addressing the bicultural mental health needs of the Indo-American community, establish a network for the exchange of information, obtain mentorship in fulfilling professional aspirations in the larger psychiatric community of North America, and leave a legacy for subsequent generations of Indo-American mental health professionals.


  1. To promote professional and social cohesiveness among psychiatrists of Asian-Indian cultural backgrounds.

  2. To promote learning and research in areas related to personality development, coping skills and psycho-pathology in people of Indian origin.

  3. To educate individuals and families of Indian origin about mental health services.

  4. To advocate for the special needs of psychiatrists of Asian-Indian origin.

  5. To establish close ties with related professional societies, such as the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS), American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), organizations serving International Medical Graduates, and organizations addressing the mental health needs of Indo-Americans.

  6. To publicize professional achievements of Indo-American psychiatrists at all career levels.

  7. To establish funds and awards for outstanding Indo-American psychiatrists making significant scientific and service contributions.

  8. To leave a body of scholarly work and a professional organization to serve subsequent generations of Indo-American psychiatrists and the Indo-American community.

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