Spring 2018

WELCOME to our new members of Climate Psychiatry Alliance (CPA)!

We continue to grow as we pursue education, research and advocacy to lessen the mental health impacts of climate change. 



This is a site for information on topical issues, access to prior presentations, a large library of resources, a membership link and a lot more. We hope to make this a lively site:  We invite you to contribute information on major climate topics, Blogs, opinion pieces, Links to relevant publications, organizations, and media.  Please send any entries to our contact email:     

Shout out to web designers Cliff West and Dwight Hill for the many hours of volunteer design creation!  And to Robin Cooper and Alex Trope ((formerly Schrobenhauser-Clonan) for lead in website content. 

A special shout out to member Andrés Jovel who is taking over the technical aspects of website maintenance and Janet Lewis for joining the editorial team with Robin Cooper,

LIKE US on FACEBOOK (and like us):  Follow us at: Climate Psychiatry Alliance      

  • Climate Change and Mental Health Caucus: Our newly formed caucus within the Psychiatric Dimensions of Disaster Committee of the APA had its first official meeting during the annual May APA conference. Tony Ng, MD who has been appointed by APA leadership as the first caucus chairman led the meeting.  Caucus membership increased and many new members attended a robust and engaging working meeting outlining directions for the first year. Shout out to new members, Drs. Debbie Carter, Carl Cohen, Sharat Iyer, Hunter McQuistion, Steve Pederson, and Elizabeth Rand, who attended the first caucus meeting.
  • Key Caucus Goals for 2018/2019:
  • Use CARE* model:  (Clinical, Administrative/ Advocacy, Research and Education); Modified from *Coverdale, et al. Climate Change: a call to action for the psychiatric profession.  Academic Psychiatry, 2018.
  • Build on existing CPA material to disseminate information to APA psychiatrists;
  • Outreach to District Branches, Residency Directors;
  • Create Speakers Bureau and develop toolkit with standard power point and materials that others can use.
  • Medical Societies Consortium on Climate and Health:
  • CPA steering committee members David Pollack and Carissa Cabán-Alemán have been appointed the American Psychiatric Association’s representatives to MSC.  They and Robin Cooper participated in the first annual MSC meeting in April, 2018, contributing psychiatric perspectives on the health impacts of climate change.  MSC coordinated lobbying with Members of Congress, bringing the message of the health risks of climate change to Capitol Hill.


  • May 2018 APA Annual Meeting in New York City:  Our CPA Members were busy!
  • Our Symposium and Workshop were successful:  Powerpoint slides available on website.
  • Shout out to all who presented:  Carissa Caban-Aleman, Beth Haase, Janet Lewis, Sara Gorman, David Pollack, Lise Van Susteren, Rahn Bailey.
  • Disaster Psychiatry Course:  ½ day course under direction of Joshua Morganstein, MD was successful and likely to be repeated at the APA Annual Meeting in 2019.
  • BEYOND the APA:
  • Support work of CPA Steering Committee members in efforts to respond to Puerto Rican recovery, Carissa Caban-Aleman, MD of CrearConSalud and Sander Koyfman, MD
  • Continue Development of Scientific Material for APA meetings, presentations and website


  • Building Collaborations
  • Development of joint collaboration with Academic Psychiatry leaders:
  • Alliances with other national and international groups
  • Strengthening Internal Operations within Climate Psychiatry Alliance

***AREAS FOR ENGAGEMENT***:  Join our active groups:

Participation in submitting academic proposals for the scientific meetings of APA, We are developing the following topics* as academic presentations for the 2019 APA meeting in San Francisco.  If you are interested in developing or presenting any of these topics, please get in touch with Dr. Beth Haase,,




Spring 2017

We at Climate Psychiatry Alliance had a busy 2017 and have a number of successes to share.
Our organization is growing, with new members and supporters joining our efforts and deepening.


  • Supported a Position Paper on Climate Change and Mental Health now adopted as the official position of APA.
  • Strengthened our relationship with APA leadership.
  • Established a Climate Psychiatry Caucus within the APA Disaster Psychiatry Committee.
  • Supported the APA webinar production on Disaster Response.
  • Communicated climate health issues with articles in various psychiatric news letters.
  • Successfully advocated for the APA to join The Medical Societies Consortium on Climate and Health. Two CPA steering committee members will represent the APA to this Consortium.
  • Led symposiums and workshops at APA 2017 and IPS 2017. Achieved significant attendee engagement and response on climate issues.
  • Surveyed APA Candidates for office on climate health commitment; distributed responses, showing very strong support from five of eight successful candidates.


  • Website development, with materials for both public and professional readers
  • Speakers at many national and international forums, including the Pontifical Academy of Science; Conference on Climate and Health, New York City Public Advocate Forum, San Francisco Bay Area Symposium on Lancet Review, Milwaukee Vigil for Earth, Harvard Global Health Institute, National Geographic Lindblad Antarctica expedition, and others
  • Alliance building with domestic and international groups working on climate change mental health, and other health organizations
  • Public testimony and advocacy at city, state, & federal judicial & political events
  • Active blogging of steering committee members
  • Steering committee member leadership of Puerto Rican hurricane response
  • Academic advancement through leadership of the GAP Climate Committee, (Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry)


  • Medical Societies Consortium on Climate and Health Annual Meeting,
    April 9-10, 2018, George Mason University, Arlington, VA
  • APA Annual Meeting: 
    • Disaster Response
      Course #C1220, Saturday, May 5, 1-5 pm, Dr. Joshua Morganstein
    • When Disaster is Slow Moving
      Symposium, Sunday, May 6, 8:00-11 am
      Javits Center
      Drs. Caban-Aleman, Haase, Lewis, and Van Susteren
    • Disaster Psychiatry
      101: Lessons Learned in Treating Victims of Hurricane Harvey, Workshop,
      Sunday, May 6, 10-11:30 am
      Dr. Sophia Banu and Dr. Asam Shah
    • Mental Health Professionals in an Era of Deteriorating Climate Conditions
      Do We Have a Duty to Warn and Protect? Workshop
      Monday, May, 7, 8:00-9:30 am
      Marriott Marquis
      Drs. Gorman, Haase, Lewis, Pollack and Van Susteren