April 29, 2024

APA 2024 Annual Meeting: Sessions to Attend

Written by

Carlene MacMillan, M.D.

The American Psychiatric Association's 2024 Annual Meeting in New York City is the world’s largest psychiatry conference.

With a diverse array of sessions happening simultaneously, deciding which ones to attend can be overwhelming. To help you navigate the conference, we've compiled a list of recommended sessions you won't want to miss. Come say hi at Osmind's booth #407!

Saturday, May 4

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT:
Securing the Digital Future: What Psychiatrists Need to Know About Health AI

Speaker(s): Jesse M Ehrenfeld, M.D. (President of the American Medical Association)

Location: Rooms 1A04-1A05, Javits Center

The Leading Edge of Psilocybin Therapeutics: Psychiatric & Existential Distress in Advanced Cancer, Alcohol Use Disorder, and Major Depression

Speaker(s): Stephen Ross

Location: Rooms 3D04, 3D09, Javits Center

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT:

Psychedelics & Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy: How to Counsel Your Patients

Speaker(s): Chair: Aaron Wolfgang, M.D.; Presenters: Aaron Wolfgang, M.D., Aaron Wolfgang, M.D., Bryan Barksdale, M.D.;Ph.D., Jennifer Mitchell

Location: Room 1E07, Javits Center

3:15 PM- 3:45 PM EDT:
Coffee Conversations: Psychiatric Treatments with FDA Breakthrough Status

Coffee and Conversations (no CME):

Speaker: Carlene MacMillan, MD (Osmind’s Chief Medical Officer)

Location: The Stage (Booth #1038), Exhibit Halls 3AB

3:45 PM - 5:15 PM EDT:
Big Data, AI and Precision Psychiatry: Advancing Prevention and Treatment

Speaker(s): Chair: Jordan W. Smoller, M.D.; Moderator: Sofia Matta, M.D.

Location: Room 1E12, Javits Center

Sunday, May 5th

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT:
The Future of the DSM: Critical Issues

Speaker(s): Co-Chair: Nitin Gogtay, MD, Co-Chair: Diana Clarke, Ph.D.; Presenters: Nitin Gogtay, MD, Co-Chair: Diana Clarke, Ph.D., Maria Oquendo, M.D., Ph.D., Wilson M Compton, M.D., Jonathan E. Alpert, M.D.; Ph.D., Diana Clarke, Ph.D.

Location: Rooms 1D03-1D04, Javits Center

Room Level: Scientific Session

Diet as a Driver to Accelerate and Break From Insulin Resistance and Bipolar Depression

Speaker(s): Chair: Alfredo Bernardo Cuellar-Barboza; Presenters: Mark Frye, M.D., Alfredo Bernardo Cuellar-Barboza, Bret Scher, M.D., Shebani Sethi, M.D.

Location: Room 1A12, Javits Center

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM:

Coffee and Conversations (No CME): TMS and Interventional Care

Speaker(s): Michelle Cochran, MD

Location: The Stage (Booth #1038), Exhibit Halls 3AB

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM:
Chatbots & Generative AI

Speaker(s): Jessica Thackaberry, MD, Nina Vasan, M.D., M.B.A., Peter M. Yellowlees, M.D.

Location: Mental Health Innovation Zone, Exhibit Hall 3, A-B, Javits Center

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM:

Challenges in the Use of Psychedelic Compounds for Psychiatric Treatment

Speaker(s): Chair: Paul Appelbaum; Presenters: Natalie Gukasyan, M.D., Amy McGuire, Rooms 1A23-1A24, Javits Center

3:45 PM - 5:15 PM:

Measurement Based Care Learning Lab, Part I

Speaker(s): Chair: David Samuel Kroll, M.D.; Presenters: Carlene MacMillan, M.D., Bonnie T. Zima, M.D., M.P.H.

Quality and Outcome Studies
Learning Lab

Location: Rooms 3D02, 3D11(Learning Lab), Javits Center

6:00 pm- 9:00 PM EDT (Down the street from APA)

Rapid Acting Mental Health Treatment Summit (RAMHT) 2024

Location: Manhattan Mirage, New York City

Join us at RAMHT 2024 to discover the latest breakthroughs in rapid-acting treatments. Connect with leading clinicians and entrepreneurs shaping the future of mental health.

Confirmed speakers: Ben Everett, Ph.D., Lykos PBC, Carlene MacMillan, M.D., Osmind, Dr. James Lynch, Stellate Institute, Fred Ma, M.D., Ph.D., iRx Reminder, Colin Kealey, MD, Neurosigma, Loren Larsen, Videra Health, Michele Bernabe, RN, author of Moral Health

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Monday, May 6th

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM EDT

Novel Biomarkers of Response to Intravenous Racemic Ketamine for Treatment-Resistant Depression

Speaker(s): Chair: Sagar Parikh; Presenters: Balwinder Singh, M.D., M.S., Sagar Parikh, Fernando Goes, Stephen Murata

Location: Rooms 1A23-1A24, Javits Center

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

A Call to Action to Make Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Responsibly and Equitably Accessible

Speaker(s): Chair: Michael Flaum, M.D.; Presenter: Peter Hendricks
Location: Rooms 1A23-1A24, Javits Center

Measurement Based Care Learning Lab Part II

Speaker(s): Chair: Kathryn Ridout, M.D., Ph.D.; Presenters: Erik Rudolph Vanderlip, M.D., M.P.H., Carol Alter, David Samuel Kroll, M.D.

Location: Rooms 3D02, 3D11(Learning Lab), Javits Center

Tuesday, May 7th

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM EDT
The Neuromodulation Revolution: Novel Approaches to Difficult-to-Treat Neuropsychiatric Illness
Speaker(s): Andrew Francis Leuchter, M.D., Linda L. Carpenter, M.D.

Location: Rooms 1A06-1A07, Javits Center

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Facing Psychiatry’s Present and Future With Hope


Location: 3E1, Javits Center

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Can ChatGPT See My Patient? An Introduction To Generative AI and Large Language Models in Care Settings

Speaker(s): Chair: John Torous, M.D.; Presenters: Keris Myrick, Darlene King, M.D., John Luo, M.D.

Location: Rooms 1A21, Javits Center

3:45 PM - 5:15 PM EDT

The Future of the DSM: A Comparison of the Categorical, Dimensional, and Perspectives of Psychiatry Approaches

Speaker(s): Co-Chairs: Nitin Gogtay, MD and Diana Clarke, Ph.D.; Presenters: Kimberly Ann Yonkers, M.D., Bruce Cuthbert, Ph.D., James B. Potash, M.D.;M.P.H.

Location: Room 1A10, Javits Center

Wednesday, May 8th

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM EDT

Novel Pharmacological and Neurocircuit-Based Approaches to Advance the Treatment of Depression

Speaker(s): Chair: James Murrough, M.D.; Presenters: Laurel S. Morris, Conor Liston, PhD;MD

Location: Rooms 1A21, Javits Center

Rapid Acting Therapies for Psychiatric Emergencies

Speaker(s): Chair: Nolan Williams, M.D.; Presenters: Franklin King, MD, Roger S. McIntyre, M.D., Kimberly Ann Yonkers, M.D.

Location: Rooms 3D04, 3D09, Javits Center

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Pharmacological Approaches to Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD)

Speaker(s): Maurizio Fava, M.D. (Osmind Scientific Advisory Board Member)

Location: Rooms 1A06-1A07, Javits Center

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Therapeutics Pipeline for the Treatment of Mood and Psychotic Disorders

Speaker(s): Chair: Linda S. Brady, PhD; Presenters: Carlos Zarate, M.D., Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Stephen Brannan, M.D., Tiffany Farchione, M.D.

Location: Rooms 3D04, 3D09, Javits Center


The APA 2024 Annual Meeting presents an unmissable opportunity for learning, professional development and networking with leaders in psychiatry. While this guide can help plan your schedule, we recommend checking the official website or app for any changes.

Be sure to swing by the Osmind booth #407 to meet our team and explore how we can chart the future of mental healthcare together.

We look forward to seeing you in New York!

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