Founded in 1949, the Washington Psychiatric Society (WPS), a 501(c)(6) non-profit association is a professional, non-profit medical specialty organization with 900 psychiatrists. WPS advocates on behalf of members and their patients, provides quality continuing medical education programs, and educates the public on mental health issues.

WPS covers the National Capital Area with regional chapters representing the District of Columbia, Suburban Maryland (Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties) and Northern Virginia (the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church and Arlington and Fairfax Counties), and is a District Branch of the internationally recognized American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Benefits of Membership

The Washington Psychiatric Society (WPS) is a professional organization in the metropolitan Washington region. Membership provides you with:

  • Educational Opportunities – WPS offers high quality, affordable CME events throughout the year
  • Professional Networking – Connecting with peers is important and you have the chance to meet with colleagues through chapter meetings and programs as well as WPS events
  • Advocacy – WPS works with APA to provide strong legislative and public policy advocacy
  • Resource Center – the online resource center is available 24/7 on a wide range of topics as well as the event calendar
  • Washington Psychiatrist magazine – This quarterly APA award-winning publication is full of thought-provoking, insightful articles
  • WPS e-News – A monthly online publication contains news, information, links to classified ads, our sponsors and much more
  • Online Membership Directory
  • Communication –  Communication channels are open and work both ways through our Member Listserv
  • Leadership – Get engaged in organized psychiatry by volunteering for a WPS committee or even consider serving on the board of directors
  • Member Services - We provide quality member support with a timely response to all inquiries
  • Career, Leadership, Mentorship Program

Learn more


WPS receives Honorable Mention for the 2018 Assembly District Branch Best Practice Award

2018 March e-News now available! Click here

The Washington Psychiatrist Spring 2018 issue is now available!

March 29, 2018
DC Chapter Happy Hour
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Teaism Penn Quarter, 400 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Click here to register

April 14, 2018
2018 WPS Presidential Symposium - New Frontiers in Suicidology: Clinical Practice, Research, and Policy Perspectives
9:00am - 12:30pm (breakfast at 8:30am)
Saint Elizabeths Hospital Auditorium
1100 Alabama Avenue SE
Washington DC, 20032
Click here to register