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The Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) is an organization of some 300 psychiatrists dedicated to shaping psychiatric thinking, public programs, and clinical practice in mental health. It was founded in 1946 by a group of physicians whose wartime experiences had brought them to realize the urgency of greater public awareness of the need for new programs in mental health for the people of the United States. Since its beginnings under the dynamic leadership of the late Dr. William C. Menninger, GAP has been influential in shaping psychiatric thinking, public programs, and clinical practice in mental health. It continues today to pioneer in exploring issues and ideas on the frontiers of psychiatry and in applying psychiatric insights into the general medical, social, and interpersonal problems of our times. Its objectives are to analyze significant data in psychiatry and human relations, reevaluate old concepts, develop new ones, and apply this knowledge for the advancement of mental health. Membership in GAP is by invitation only. Each member belongs to a committee that is working in his or her area of special interest and expertise. The 25 committees meet regularly, select their own topics for exploration, invite participation by expert consultants from other disciplines, collect and evaluate data, and present the resulting work to the entire GAP membership for further and rigorous scrutiny before publication.