The Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry promotes the application of psychiatric principles and practices in the workplace to improve leadership, group interaction and employee health and performance.

To advance the knowledge and practice of psychiatrists who specialize in organizational and occupational psychiatry through collaboration and education.

The Disrupted Workplace: Technology, Work and Mental Health

26th Annual AOOP Meeting 
April 24-26, 2015 at University Club, Chicago

Join us for this year's meeting where experts will discuss the mental health impacts of technological change in the workplace from a variety of angles, including the specific effects of rapid change on the Boston Police Department, how technology is affecting hiring practices, and how technology both facilitates fraud and fraud detection.

Download the full program here or view it on our Meetings page.

The Academy of Organizational and Occupational Psychiatry (AOOP) was founded in 1990 to provide a forum for an exchange of ideas between psychiatry and the world of work. AOOP's annual meeting is an opportunity to:

  • Enhance the knowledge and skills of its members through various training opportunities and professional networking
  • Liaison with other professional groups concerned with workplace health and mental health
  • Encourage and support the practice of organizational and occupational psychiatry

Past programs from the annual meeting can be found on the Annual Meetings page.

Psychiatry Resident Scholarship 

Residents interested in attending the meeting on one of the two scholarships awarded yearly should submit a curriculum vitae along with a 1-2 page double-spaced essay about either a pertinent topic in organizational or occupational psychiatry or details of his or her interest in organizational psychiatry to Andrew Brown, M.D.  


What's New?

Is there adequate training in residency about psychiatry and the workplace? Data first presented by the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry's Committee on Work and Organizations at the AOOP's Annual Meeting in 2013 indicates there's work to be done, as recentlynoted in the Psychiatric Times.

Shame in the workplace is often a topic of discussion at the AOOP Annual Meeting. This recent column in the New York Times nicely discusses some of the issues at play in the blue collar / white collar decisions people face in making career choices.

Tips for conducting disability evaluations, authored by AOOP members C. Donald Williams and Greg Couser , appeared in the May 2014 issue of Psychiatric Times.

How It All Comes Together...

One thing AOOP members love about our work: the complexity inherent in bringing together psychiatry and the workplace. We publish these thoughts in our Bulletin. Past Bulletins can be found on the Publications page, but here's a recent sample:

Work Should Be Rewarded: On the Origins and Functions of an Innate Moral Principle

Morality does not come primarily from reasoning: it arises rather from some combination of innateness and social learning. (1) While the significance of social learning explains why behaviors that are considered “immoral” or “moral” vary enormously by culture, the significance of innateness is manifest in the presence of certain moral precepts that, in contrast, seem universal, and, as such, do not seem subject to the particular vagaries of the culture within which one finds oneself. (2) The relative universality of certain specific moral precepts suggests that there are some evolved intuitions that arise in all of us as a result of a genetically transmitted endowment that are to a significant extent immutable, i.e., that there is a moral endowment that is to a large extent universally inherited and that is to this extent not subject to substantial variation between specific ethnic or cultural groups. The “Work Ethic” - defined here as the precept that Work Should be Rewarded – is one such precept. Regardless of profound and pervasive disagreement among members of disparate cultural groups with regard to whether specific actions would or would not constitute moral behavior, individuals in all cultures assent to the proposition that Work Should be Rewarded. (3)