Kerry J. Ressler, M.D., Ph.D.

ACNP President

President's Message

I am humbled and honored to work with all of you this year in my capacity as President of the ACNP, which is my scientific home as well as a source of inspiration, rejuvenation, and friendship.

Our community affords a unique venue for our members, guests and invited speakers to share exciting new advances in science at the intersection of brain, behavior, and therapeutics as well as to deliberate, discuss, and debate issues of importance to the College. 

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Director's Notes

It was a cool, rainy morning in the Phoenix desert on December 3rd when ACNP Council began to gather. Dressed in their cloaks and carrying lanterns, the leaders gathered around an old, oak table in a dark room. <Insert giggle!> I am always amazed at how many members think what occurs in Council is filled with secrecy.  There is no secrecy involved. In fact, all ACNP Council minutes are posted on the members only section of the ACNP website so that our members can review those at any time. In the spirit of transparency, I thought I would provide a summary of several key issues that were discussed in December during our annual meeting. 

Click here to read more!

Sarah Timm, CAE, CMP-HC

ACNP Executive Director

2023 New Associate Members, New Members,

& Members Promoted to Fellow

Please help us welcome the 30 new Associate Members and 30 new Members selected for 2023 membership at the 61st Annual Meeting. We also congratulate the 27 Members who were promoted to Fellow status in the College.

New Associate Members

New Members

Members to Fellow Promotion


New Associate Member and Member nominees must have attended a minimum of one ACNP Annual Meeting prior to applying for membership.

2023 New Associate Members

The College would like to highlight the new 2023 Associate Member Class!

Meet our new Associate Members

Stay tuned for the May, August and November Bulletins to meet our other new Associate Members.

New 2023 Officers and Council Members

2023 ACNP President

Kerry J. Ressler, M.D., Ph.D.

The reigns of leadership were passed to 2023 President, Kerry J. Ressler, M.D., Ph.D., by outgoing President Carlos A. Zarate, Jr., M.D.

Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Cynthia A. Crawford, Ph.D.

I am interested in serving in this position because I would like to help the College become a more inclusive and welcoming place for all. I have been attending ACNP meetings for over twenty years and while I have seen very positive changes in the meeting—I still feel like an outsider at times. I would like to use my experiences both good and bad to make membership a more affirming experience for others that may feel out of place in the College.  

Helen Mayberg, M.D.


Deanna Barch, Ph.D. 

Council Member

Colleen McClung, Ph.D. 

Council Member

2023 ACNP Council

Click here to see the complete list of our Council Members.

Successful 2022 Annual Meeting

We hope you enjoyed the 2022 ACNP Annual Meeting and found the information shared to be invigorating.

2022 Annual Meeting Photos

Photos from the 2022 Annual Meeting are available on the members' only section of the ACNP Website under

the Annual Meeting tab.

2022 Honorific Awards

The 2022 Honorific Awards were presented by Awards Committee chair, Dr. Linda Brady at the ACNP Annual Meeting. 

Click here to learn more about the 2022 Honorific Award winners and watch their acceptance videos!

2022 Annual Meeting Mentors

ACNP would like to thank the 2022 Annual Meeting Mentors.

Click here to see a list of Meeting Mentors!

2022 Career Development Session

Effective Communication: Getting out of your Comfort Zone to Communicate Scientific Findings and Controversies to the Wider Community

Karen Szumlinski, Chair

The Career Development Committee was pleased to organize its 12th Career Development Session at the 61st Annual Meeting. To learn more about the session, click here!

NPP Updates

Tony P. George, M.D.

Co-Principal Editor

Lisa M. Monteggia, Ph.D.

Co-Principal Editor

The tenth annual Neuropsychopharmacology Editors’ Award for a Transformative Original Report (NEATOR), sixth annual Neuropsychopharmacology Editors’ Award for a Review (NEAR), and fourth annual Neuropsychopharmacology Editors’ Early Career Award (NEECA) were presented during the 61st ACNP Annual Meeting.

Click here to read more about the 2022 NPP Award winners and watch their acceptance videos!

Briana K. Chen, Ph.D.

NPP Editorial Intern

New NPP Editorial Intern

Briana K. Chen, Ph.D.

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Christine Denny at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC), where I also earned my Ph.D. I previously received my B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where I worked with Dr. Steve Ramirez in the lab of Dr. Susumu Tonegawa to artificially reactivate positive memory engrams in a mouse model of depression.

As the NPP Editorial Intern, I will explore the impact of open access on article metrics. With this project, we aim to quantify the effect of open access on article metrics and identify measurable approaches to help authors maximize the impact of their scientific research. 

Check out the latest NPP Podcasts!

To dismantle structural racism in science, scientists need to learn how it works

February 22, 2023

Low doses of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) increase reward-related brain activity

December 23, 2022

Click here to listen to the podcasts!

NPP: Digital Psychiatry and Neuroscience

The ACNP is delighted to announce that it is launching an Open-Access, online-only journal entitled NPP-Digital Psychiatry and Neuroscience. This new journal will function in parallel with the flagship ACNP journal, Neuropsychopharmacology (NPP).


The scope of NPP-Digital Psychiatry and Neuroscience will cover research that involves the use of digital technologies, including (but not restricted to) smart devices, wireless telemetry, motion sequencing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, bioinformatics, and computational approaches in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and study of psychiatric illnesses. This journal will prioritize publishing research that is translationally relevant (endpoints that can be used across species), and involves data sets that are continuous (collected over time) and objective (requiring minimal direct human observation and/or anthropomorphization). Led by Principal Editor William A. Carlezon Jr., NPP-Digital Psychiatry and Neuroscience will have an Editorial team with expertise in these domains.

 Please submit your name and email address here to stay up to date with new information on NPP-Digital Psychiatry and Neuroscience!

URM Near-Peer Mentorship Program

The specific aim of the URM Near-Peer Mentorship program is to provide mentorship support to under-represented minority scientists who are or plan to enter research careers in neuropsychopharmacology. The mentorship program will occur over a 12-month period. The second annual cohort is comprised of 12 mentor/mentee pairs. The program will include remote, long-distance virtual mentoring, training opportunities and an in-person half day mentorship program just prior to the 2023 ACNP Annual Meeting. 

Click here to meet the 2023 URM Near-Peer Cohort! 

ACNP Travel Award Program

ACNP annually selects distinguished young scientists in the field of neuropsychopharmacology to be part of our travel award program. These travel awards offer an opportunity to attend an outstanding scientific program in clinical and basic research on brain-behavior-drug interactions; become aware of the most recent, and often unpublished, advances in psychopharmacology; and meet and interact with internationally distinguished researchers and scientists. Visit the ACNP Website to learn more!

The Travel Award application supporting letters must be from an ACNP member only. Supporting letters from non-members will not be accepted. All categories of membership to include Associate Members, Members, Member Emeritus, Fellows and Fellow Emeritus will be allowed to nominate one person for a travel award with the exception to allow one additional nomination for an under-represented minority applicant.

An under-represented minority candidate is defined as African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander. Members will upload their supporting letter in to the submission system, which is kept confidential from the travel award applicant.

We ask for your assistance in disseminating this information to your colleagues, institutions, and related organizations in an effort to prepare travel award applicants.

Travel Award Flyer (Full Version)

Travel Award Flyer (Overview Version)

The Travel Award application site will open on March 13, 2023. The deadline to submit an application is April 20, 2023.

NEW Honorific Award

ACNP Women's Advocacy Award

The ACNP Women’s Advocacy Award is presented to an individual and/or program (e.g., department, initiative, institute, etc.) who has had outstanding success in the promotion and support of women to address the gender imbalance within the field of brain and behavior disorders. The award is intended to be an expression of appreciation from the College to honor individuals and/or programs for their outstanding work supporting women through role modeling, allyship, leadership, and sponsorship. We encourage nominations of all genders. Nominations of individuals and programs will be considered separately, so an award may be given in both categories in any one year. The submissions will be evaluated by the Honorific Awards Committee.

For a listing of all Honorific Awards, please visit the ACNP Website.

Award nominations will open in early April.

The deadline to submit a nomination is June 22, 2023.

SfN Hill Day Event 2023

The College partnered with the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) to select up to four distinguished young scientists from the 2022 ACNP Travel Award class to participate in SfN's Annual Hill Day event. 2022 Travel Awardees were asked to submit a statement of interest in public service or advocacy, a statement of their experience volunteering in governmental education efforts, advocacy outreach or elections as well as an updated C/V for review by both the chairs of the Education and Training Committee and Liaison Committee.

This year, the committee chairs selected the following distinguished young scientists from the 2022 Travel Award class to participate in the virtual event starting with Hill Day training on February 27, 2023 followed by the full Hill Day(s) on March 6-8, 2023

Songjun William Li, B.S.

Massachusetts General Hospital

Boston University School of Medicine

Steven Nieto, Ph.D.

University of California - Los Angeles

ACNP/AMP BRAD Fellowship

Every year on the third Thursday in April, institutions around the world celebrate Biomedical Research Awareness Day (BRAD) through various events including tabling eventsclassroom takeovers, and science trivia nights. This year, BRAD will be celebrated on Thursday, April 20, 2023, and we hope you will consider joining us in celebrating BRAD at your institution. 

Registration is now open on the BRAD website, and all registered ACNP participants will receive a box of giveaways and educational materials for your event. We can work with you directly to help make it a success. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Drs. Logan France ( and Lana Grasser ( with any questions.

What is the ACNP/AMP BRAD Fellowship?

Click Here to Watch the BRAD Fellowship Video

How to apply to be the next ACNP/AMP BRAD Fellow: 


Early-stage investigators and postdoctoral fellows are eligible for the ACNP/AMP BRAD Fellowship, an exciting opportunity to gain science communication and advocacy experience for the importance of animals in biomedical research! You can learn more about the Fellowship, including relevant deadlines and instructions for applying, on the BRAD website.

Applications for the 2023-2024 ACNP/AMP-BRAD Fellowship are now open for early career scientists through June 1! Check out this video to learn more about the program, and please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Logan France ( and current BRAD fellow Dr. Lana Grasser ( with any questions.

"Support a Scientist" Update and Volunteers 

Support a Scientist is an ACNP/AMP BRAD video series project providing a platform for scientists to talk about their research with a wider audience. The project aims are to provide a “face” to science, establish importance of a specific area of research,

highlight the role of animal research in the study, and offer insights on how science is conducted. All of the Support a Scientist videos are posted on the BRAD website, shared on social media, and can also be featured in ACNP member communications, website and social media feeds as well as shared with public audiences.

Click Here to Watch the "Support a Scientist" Video Series

BRAD Article: "The Conversation"  

Check out this article published by Drs. Lana Ruvolo Grasser and Rachelle Stammen in The Conversation, as part of Dr. Grasser’s ACNP/AMP-BRAD Fellowship. If interested in co-authoring a general media piece like this one (which has already been read over 18,000 times!), reach out to Dr. Grasser at 

Addressing the Stigma of

Psychiatric Disorders

Mental health and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide, and the stigma and shame associated with mental health permeate all levels of society.  The stigma around mental health and substance use disorders has had profound effects including preventing people from seeking treatment for these disorders, instilling shame among those who are affected and their family members and increasing the risk of suicide. Stigma has also contributed to an underfunded mental health system and inadequate services for persons with mental health and substance use disorders. 

The ACNP 2022 Public Information Committee also addressed stigma. The committee interviewed selected ACNP members about their perspective on the stigma associated with several mental health conditions and issues, the progress that has been made in reducing stigma, and future actions which are needed.  

Read the Interviews

Upcoming Deadlines

  • April 20, 2023: Deadline to submit Travel Award applications
  • May 9, 2023: Deadline for submission of overall proposals by chairs (Panels, Mini-Panels, & Study Groups)
  • May 23, 2023: Deadline for submissions of individual presenter abstracts (Panels & Mini-Panels)
  • May 23, 2023: Deadline for submission of disclosures by Study Group participants
  • May 25, 2023: Deadline for chairs to review and finalize proposed sessions (Panels, Mini-Panels, & Study Groups)
  • June 22, 2023: Deadline to submit Honorific Awards
  • August 3, 2023: Deadline to submit Poster Abstracts
  • September 7, 2023: Deadline to submit new Membership Nominations and Promotions
  • December 3-6, 2023: ACNP 62nd Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida 

Upcoming Meetings /

Employment and Grant Opportunities

Upcoming Meetings:

To see a list of upcoming meetings in the field of neuropsychopharmacology, please click below:

Upcoming Meetings

Employment and Grant Opportunities:

To see a list of new employment and grant opportunities in the field of neuropsychopharmacology, please click below:

Employment Opportunities
Grant Opportunities

American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry

Call for Applications

Critical Research Issues in Latinx Mental Health

American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry Meeting

San Francisco, May 19th -20th, 2023

More Information

Staff Spotlight

You may have missed Kelly Phy at the Annual Meeting and this is why!

I was so incredibly sad to miss the 2022 ACNP Meeting in Phoenix! Not only is the ACNP meeting my favorite part of my job, but it is an absolute highlight of my year personally as well. The 2022 meeting would have been my 10th meeting and over the years many of our members and attendees have become friends. Seeing all the smiling faces each year is the absolute best. 

The only thing that could keep me away was welcoming another little Phy to our family. We welcomed Cordon Thomas on November 8th (all 6 lbs 3 oz of him!) We are all pretty smitten, especially big brother, Cantlon. I can’t wait for him to travel to his first ACNP meeting to meet everyone! I am looking forward to seeing each of you at the 2023 Meeting in Tampa!

For a full listing of the ACNP Staff in the Executive Office, click here.

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