Why the Global Alliance?

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What do our members say?
Why should you join?
What do you get when you join?
     An interdisciplinary professional community
     Subscription to AJO
     Access to resources and networking
     Opportunity to promote social justice globally
     Competitive membership rates

Join us... and make a difference 

Debbie Walker

Do you believe that social problems demand interdisciplinary solutions? 
Are you interested in tackling real world problems?
Do you want to make a difference?  

For nearly 100 years, the Global Alliance (formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association) has played a leading role in developing an understanding of behavioral health concerns in their social context. Our Board of Directors invites you to engage with us in promoting the creation and adoption of policies to address such concerns through research, practice and advocacy.    

Why should you join the Global Alliance?

Ryan Kilmer, PhD, Clinical-Community Psychology
One of the qualities of the Global Alliance that sets it apart from other organizations is its focus on doing something....I joined because I resonate with the values -- the emphasis on social justice, the appreciation of diversity, and the  fact that they understand that the complex issues in our society require interdisciplinary solutions. 
Kendell Coker, Clinical Psychology and Law
Growing up in the inner city, I developed a passion for social justice and social change...I wanted to see communities thrive, flourish.... I have realized that one way to move in that direction is to join organizations and to form alliances with those who have similar interests, similar passions. The Global Alliance has a commitment to social change, particularly for the least fortunate members of society. This is one of the reasons I joined the organization. 
Mary Armstrong, PhD, Social Work
I've been a member of the Global Alliance for about 10 years... I value the fact that it [Global Alliance] includes people from different disciplines, all of whom are concerned about the quality of health services and social justice. 

Cynthia Taylor-Handrup, DNP, Nursing 
I've been a member since 1985...I'm especially interested in the growing involvement of the Global Alliance in global issues particularly in lower resource countries...the Global Alliance is a place to receive support, to network....

John Sargent, MD, Child Psychiatry
I want to make a difference in a different way….the mission, values and goals of the GA align very closely with my own.  

Jacqueline Larson, Graduate Student, Health Psychology
It's been exciting to be a part of a passionate, committed group of individuals who have come together to promote mental health and well-being of vulnerable populations. I've enjoyed seeing how these passions play out in policy, research, and action.


 What do you get when you join the Global Alliance?

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Take advantage of these benefits:

         An interdisciplinary professional community
         Subscription to AJO
         Access to resources and networking
         Opportunity to promote social justice globally
         Competitive membership rates

 1.  Membership in an interdisciplinary professional community 

From the beginning, we have been a diverse "community" of individuals drawn together by our dedication to the study of human behavior broadly conceived and its relationship to the delivery of behavioral health services. Our members are psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, lawyers, educators, sociologists and others who are dedicated to the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.  

2. Cutting-edge research in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry (AJO)


Want to stay abreast of the latest behavioral health research?
Looking for innovative practices?  

Ranked 7th among Social Work Journals, AJO is for you! Save $60 off the individual subscription price (non-APA members) by joining the Global Alliance.  

AJO is dedicated to informing public policy and professional practice related to mental health and substance abuse. Consistent with Global Alliance's mission, the journal publishes articles that clarify, challenge, or reshape the prevailing understanding of factors necessary for a humane and just society. The journal is published 6 times a year, including special issues.  

AJO includes a unique magazine-in-a-journal: Social Innovations promotes discussion of strategies for developing new social settings and changing social norms to promote mental health.  

Recent journal topics have included:

  • Causes and solutions to behavioral healthcare disparities
  • Adaption of behavioral health methods to the needs of racial, ethnic, cultural and other minority groups
  • Responses to natural and human-made disasters
  • Protection of vulnerable persons, including immigrants and refugees, incarcerated populations, and survivors of child trafficking 
  • Sociocultural dimensions of behavioral health problems

Sample AJO through our open-access articles:  


Establishing a Path to Unity: Recommendations for the Biden/Harris Administration


Teaching with Strengths in Trauma-Affected Students: A New Approach to Healing and Growth in the Classroom

Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Context: Examining Trauma Responses to Violet Exposures and Homicide Death Among Black Males in Urban Neighborhoods

Evaluation & Assessment 

How People Evaluate Others with Social Anxiety Disorder: A Comparison to Depression and General Mental Illness Stigma

Suicide Risk Assessments: Examining Influences on Clinicians' Professional Judgment

Group Care

Consensus Statement on Group Care for Children and Adolescents: A Statement of Policy of the American Orthopsychiatric Association

Reintegration of Veterans Facilitating Reintegration for Military Service Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families: An Introduction to the Special Issue
Culturally Competent Services  Culturally Competent Evidence-Based Behavioral Health Services for the Transgender Community: Progress and Challenges

 Remember... your membership to the Global Alliance gives you access to ALL of the articles in AJO!

3. Access to Resources & Networking

Your membership gives you....

  • Reduced registration rates to Global-Alliance sponsored conferences and meetings 
  • Opportunities to participate on topical task forces, board committees....or to run for office!
  • Networking with like-minded professionals who share a passion for preventing behavioral health problems and promoting social justice 
  • Access to our podcast, webinars and other learning opportunities 
  • Full voting privileges and eligibility to hold office
  • Opportunities to nominate students and colleagues for awards 
Are you a student? No problem! In addition to the benefits above, we have opportunities for you:
  • Join a student interest group
  • Present in our student webinar series
  • Contribute to the student newsletter 
  • Network with students internationally 
  • Self-nominate or ask an adviser or colleague to nominate you for our prestigious Vera Paster Award

4.  Opportunity to Promote Behavioral Health and Social Justice Globally 

We're part of the Movement for Global Mental Health. Join with us to promote behavioral health and social justice across the globe!

 5.  Competitive Membership Rates 

Take advantage of our recently lowered membership rate by joining today!  

Membership Types Individual Partner Organization
Regular members $85.00 $50.00
Early Career Professionals  $55.00 $45.00 
Student Members  $30.00 $25.00