International Society for Sports Psychiatry

The International Society for Sports Psychiatry represents excellence in Sports Psychiatry around the world. Founded in 1994, the ISSP has contributed to significant advancements in the science and practice of sports psychiatry for athletes of every age, race, and ability. Leaders of the ISSP have developed and continue to refine world-class courses and curricula for mental health in sports, author seminal papers/books, provide mentorship for developing sports psychiatrists, and continue to lead global coalitions in sports psychiatry. The ISSP collaborates with several national and international organizations to advance the field of sports psychiatry. A list of approved collaborating organizations can be obtained by contacting the President or their designee. Any endorsements or public statements representing the ISSP will be explicitly stated by the ISSP Board of Directors.

All material published on the ISSP website (including links) are subject to copyright laws in the United States. Use of the ISSP logo and curriculum materials may only be used with the expressed written permission from the ISSP Board of Directors.

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Official Journal of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry

The ISSP is thrilled to endorse Sports Psychiatry: Journal of Sports and Exercise Psychiatry as its official journal. Published by world-renowned publisher Hogrefe, Sports Psychiatry is an international open access, single-blind peer-reviewed journal providing a platform for advances in all aspects of sports psychiatry, including but not limited to the diagnosis, management, therapy, and prevention of mental disorders in competitive and popular sports, as well as to physical activity in the prevention and treatment of mental disorders.  

The journal aims to publish high-quality original research articles, reviews, meta-analyses, consensus statements, brief reports, editorials, and letters to the editor for a wide audience of healthcare professionals and researchers interested in the field of sports psychiatry.

The target audience are sports psychiatrists, child and adolescent psychiatrists, adult psychiatrists, sports physicians, pediatricians and general practitioners, clinical psychologists, sports psychologists, mental trainers and other professional coaches, physical therapists and sports physical therapists, sports scientists, other disciplines, as well as sports organizations and associations.

The journal can be accessed through this link:

ISSP 2024 Annual meeting

A warm thank you to the members who were able to attend the Annual Meeting on June 8- we had a great turn out and fantastic involvement from our members. More than 1/3 of our members representing more than 10 countries spent time learning, sharing, and growing our great field. We look forward to our continued growth and collaboration!

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Our Mission:

The International Society for Sports Psychiatry was founded in 1994 to advance the specialty of Sports Psychiatry.  

The International Society for Sports Psychiatry aims to carry the science and practice of psychiatry to the athletic community, so that all people may enjoy the benefits of healthy participation in sports. Toward this end, the Society develops the field of sports psychiatry and advocates for mental health and wellness in sports.

Become a member

The ISSP was founded in 1994 to advance the specialty of sports psychiatry.  

Membership is open internationally to medical students, psychiatry residents, psychiatrists and--at the discretion of the ISSP board of directors--other clinicians interested in the field. 

Benefits of Membership: 

  • Inclusion in our referral network
  • Access to our members-only listserv
  • Opportunity to communicate and collaborate directly with sports psychiatrists
  • Ability to participate in our mentorship program
  • Option to earn a "Certificate of Additional Training in Sports Psychiatry"

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Check out our latest publication, available for purchase by clicking the book below:

The ISSP Manual of Sports Psychiatry: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

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