The Organization

The Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP) remains small by professional organization standards, allowing members to share the experience of attending and discussing the plenary sessions.

Mission Statement and Vision

The mission of the Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP) as a scientific organization is to bring together researchers in clinical science and related fields to exchange ideas and to promote the highest scientific standards in research. SRP is deeply committed to the training and mentoring of future generations of clinical scientists, as well as to the principles of integrity, equity, inclusion and diversity in research. SRP strives to enhance the public understanding of the societal impact of psychological disorders and conditions.

Core Values

  1. Commitment to Communication of Research: SRP is committed to providing and supporting an open and transparent forum for the exchange of scientific discoveries, theories, advances in methodologies and innovations.
  2. Commitment to Scientific Integrity and Standards: SRP is committed to promoting the highest standards of scientific integrity and quality.
  3. Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity: SRP is committed to the principles of equity and promotes diversity, inclusion and belonging.
  4. Commitment to Training and Education of the Future Generations of
    Researchers, Educators and Practitioners in Clinical Science and Related Disciplines: SRP is committed to the training and mentoring of future generations.

History of the Society for Research in Psychopathology

The Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP) was formed following a conference in Ithaca, New York in 1985 on positive and negative symptoms in schizophrenia. Attendees at that conference decided that the meeting had been very successful and a valuable exchange of ideas and data among schizophrenia researchers. They all agreed that it would be great to have such a meeting of schizophrenia researchers annually, and thus the organization was born.

The first meeting of the organization was held in William James Hall on the Harvard University campus in October, 1986. The organization has been meeting each fall since then. The organization has grown from a small group of schizophrenia researchers to a roster of over 125 of the top researchers in all areas of psychopathology.

SRP Membership

Full membership is restricted to established researchers in the field of psychopathology. Associate membership is available for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and individuals with a bachelor’s degree who are conducting research in psychopathology. As of 2024, membership has been expanded to include an undergraduate membership category.

SRP's Annual Meeting

The meetings provide both formal and informal opportunities to share ideas, information, and suggestions, all of which improve the quality of the research conducted by members.