The Molecular Psychiatry Association was founded in 2013 to promote research and communication of research findings that may lead to a better understanding of the molecular basis of psychiatric disorders. Varying approaches are being applied and include neurobiology, genetics, brain imaging, biomarkers, brain expression, neural stem cells, animal models and novel drug development.

The primary mission of the association is to hold a biennial meeting. Currently the MPA meeting is rotating every two years in Hawaii.

The association – as well as its biennial meeting – is open to all professionals who are interested in molecular foundations of psychiatric disorders.   Registration fees for the meeting includes a two year membership to the society. By bringing together investigators with varied molecular approaches it is hoped that cross-fertilization and collaborations will take place.

Founding organizers were Rob Malenka and Bill Byerley.

The society is affiliated with the journal, Complex Psychiatry, which was formerly Molecular Neuropsychiatry from 2017 – 2019.    

2024 Organizing Board:

  • Bill Byerley
  • Stephanie Dulawa
  • Zach Freyberg
  • Conor Liston
  • Rob Malenka
  • Tracey Petryshen
  • Katherine Roche
  • Stephan Sanders