Founded in 1949, the Washington Psychiatric Society (WPS), a 501(c)(6) non-profit association is a professional, non-profit medical specialty organization with 900 psychiatrists. WPS advocates on behalf of members and their patients, provides quality continuing medical education programs, and educates the public on mental health issues.

WPS covers the National Capital Area with regional chapters representing the District of Columbia, Suburban Maryland (Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties) and Northern Virginia (the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church and Arlington and Fairfax Counties), and is a District Branch of the internationally recognized American Psychiatric Association (APA).

As part of the local and national response to COVID-19, WPS has postponed ts upcoming events. Both the 3/26 Happy Hour at District Commons and the 4/4 Presidential Symposium will be rescheduled to later dates (yet to be determined). 

Benefits of Membership

The Washington Psychiatric Society (WPS) is a professional organization in the metropolitan Washington region. Membership provides you with:

  • Educational Opportunities – WPS offers high quality, affordable CME events throughout the year
  • Professional Networking – Connecting with peers is important and you have the chance to meet with colleagues through chapter meetings and programs as well as WPS events
  • Advocacy – WPS works with APA to provide strong legislative and public policy advocacy
  • Resource Center – the online resource center is available 24/7 on a wide range of topics as well as the event calendar
  • WPS e-News – A monthly online publication contains news, information, links to classified ads, our sponsors and much more
  • Online Membership Directory
  • Communication –  Communication channels are open and work both ways through our Member Listserv
  • Leadership – Get engaged in organized psychiatry by volunteering for a WPS committee or even consider serving on the board of directors
  • Member Services - We provide quality member support with a timely response to all inquiries
  • Career, Leadership, Mentorship Program
Learn more


WPS elections have closed.  
The results of the election will be announced later this month.



Dear Doctor,
On behalf of the entire team at PRMS, we hope you are staying safe
and healthy.

We recognize that there will be an increased need for mental health
counseling and services due to the COVID-19 crisis. Your professional
liability insurance policy through the PRMS Psychiatrists’ Program
covers you for the rendering of psychiatric services as a volunteer in
the state where you are licensed.  As a policy holder, your volunteer
hours will not count against your total practice hours.

For further information about your coverage, please contact us via email at
[email protected] or phone at 800-245-3333 and ask to speak
with an account advisor.
For further information about state-specific guidelines for providing
volunteer services, please contact your district branch.

Tonya Davies
Business Leader
Toll-free: (800) 245-3333
Direct: (212) 365-2136
Email: [email protected]


WPS Activities

Mark Your Calendar for upcoming events!


WPS Happy Hour Event - Postponed due to COVID-19 Date TBD
March 26, 2020, 6:00-8:00pm
Topic: What I Wish I Knew as an Early Career Psychiatrist!
District Commons Restaurant
2200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20037


Join Us April 4th, 2020 - Postponed due to COVID-19 Date TBD
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Saint Elizabeths Hospital
1100 Alabama Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20032