IAWMH Executive Board. From left: Vicky Valdez, 2019-2022 Secretary; Gihan ElNahas, 2022-2025 Secretary; Helen Herrman, Past President; Patricia J.M. van Wijngaarden-Cremers, Board Member at Large; Prabha Chandra, 2022-2025 President; Debby Tucker, Executive Director; Florence Thibaut, 2022-2025 Immediate Past President; Judith Usall i Rodié, 2022-2025 President-elect. Not pictured: Susan Kornstein, Treasurer


Established in 2001 to improve the mental health of women throughout the world, the International Association for Women’s Mental Health is a Not for Profit, Non-Governmental Organization in the United States of America.

The Association’s purposes are:

  • To create a network of national and international societies and sections (hereinafter called “Societies and Sections”), devoted to mental health of women.
  • Through international collaboration and networks, to promote research into:
  • The social, economic, ethical, legal, cultural, psychological and biological factors, which affect Women’s Mental Health.
  • Women’s roles in marriage, family and society, and the effects on mental health.
  • The causes, effects and elimination of domestic violence and abuse of women.
  • The causes, treatment and prevention of mental diseases or disorders that are specific, more prevalent, more severe or have different risk factors or outcomes in women.
  • Gender-specific effects of treatment.
  • Basic sciences pertinent to gender difference and female biology.
  • Together with Societies and Sections, to act as international advocates for Women’s Mental Health, for
  • The elimination of conditions that are harmful to Women’s Physical and Mental Health.
  • Improved education and autonomy for women.
  • Better medical education and public information about Women’s Mental Health.
  • Increasing the number, status, education and resources of Women’s Mental Health providers.
  • The appropriate representation of women in research, education and organizations concerned with Women’s Mental Health
  • Control by women of their personal fertility.

Main activities:

  • Activities of the Association will include, but will not be limited to:
  • Promotion of research through the development of international networks and focused workshops.
  • The organization of World Congresses, to which all individuals, Societies and Sections concerned with Women’s Mental Health are invited.
  • The support of international, regional, national and local conferences and symposia, for Exchange of information about scientific advances, clinical services, and social or legal developments related to Women’s Mental Health (hereinafter called “meetings”).
  • Circulation of information about Women’s Mental Health, through the World Wide Web, through the Association’s co-sponsored journal, Archives of Women’s Mental Health, and other publications.
  • Education of clinicians and the public through educational workshops as well as printed and electronic material.
  • Collaboration with advocacy groups.