GAP is a think tank of top psychiatric minds whose thoughtful analysis and recommendations serve to influence and advance modern psychiatric theory and practice.
GAP committees address timely questions facing American psychiatry. Because psychiatry is a multifaceted medical specialty encompassing the biopsychosocial paradigm, committees consider issues ranging from psychopharmacology to the ethical and moral issues inherent in the practice of a field fraught with technical and human pitfalls.
Think Tanks such as GAP publish their findings after a group of experts in a given field combine their own clinical and research knowledge with a complete review of the literature and consultation with non-psychiatric consultants whose expertise is added both as a participant and a critic.
New committees are created to address new important cutting edge issues. Commitees on Disasters and Terrorism, Gender Issues and Mental Health and Sexual Minorities have been added in the last year and committees on Genetics and Neuropsychiatric Imaging are in the planning stages. The goal is to refresh psychiatric thought and create products that serve both the field of psychiatry and the nation.
Modern technologies are utilized to preserve historic documents, explore organizational effectiveness, cultivate communication among members, and make GAP products more widely available.
GAP works to foster relationships with psychiatric trainees. Every two years, GAP selects a group of outstanding trainees from the US and Canada to work with committees in their area of interest and to attend four consecutive meetings. The trainees are "Fellows" and are chosen for demonstrated leadership qualities, academic excellence, contributions to the literature and interest in interface between psychiatry and society. The funding for the Fellows is provided by Eli Lilly and the Phillips Van Buren Foundation.