American Psychological Association (APA)
The APA is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide. The objectives of the American Psychological Association shall be to advance psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare.
The National Register of Health Service Psychologists
The National Register of Health Service Psychologists is the largest credentialing organization for psychologists in the United States. Founded in 1974, the National Register was created to identify qualified Health Service Providers. The National Register credential signifies adherence to the highest standards of professional practice.
American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)
ABPP was formed with the support of the APA. The purpose of the ABPP is to certify advanced practice psychologists in various psychological specialties similar in purpose and procedure to the American Board of Medical Specialties, which awards board certification in medical specialties to licensed physicians. These specialties include clinical, counseling, school, group, clinical geropsychology, forensic, cognitive-behavioral, organizational/business, rehabilitation, clinical health, child and adolescent and couple/family psychology and clinical neuropsychology.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
The NIMH is one of 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH, in turn, is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and health-related research. NIMH is the largest research organization in the world specializing in mental illness. The mission of NIMH is "to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure."
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization that focuses on mental health research. They are committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is the leading national public health institute of the United States. The CDC is a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services. Its main goal is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability. The CDC focuses national attention on developing and applying disease control and prevention, including in the mental health field.
Center for the Assessment and Prevention of Prodromal States (CAPPS) at UCLA
CAPPS is a clinical research center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior at UCLA, which specializes in identifying and treating adolescents and young adults (between the ages of 12 and 30) at high risk for developing thought disorders or psychosis. They aim to prevent the development of full-blown psychotic disorders in vulnerable youth by providing thorough evaluations, treatment recommendations, and psychoeducation.
Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program (CHAMP) at UCLA
CHAMP is a clinical research center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior at UCLA, which specializes in identifying and treating pediatric bipolar disorder. CHAMP provides diagnostic evaluations, second opinion consultations, and short-term treatments (medication management and various forms of psychotherapy) for youth (between the ages of 7-17) who have symptoms of significant and impairing mood disorders. They have several ongoing research studies providing free evaluation or treatment (for both adolescents and adults).