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DSM-5 Research Planning Conference Summaries and Monographs 

A Steering Committee headed by Darrel Regier, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education (APIRE), orchestrated the series of research planning conferences for DSM-5. Members of the Steering Committee included representatives of the three National Institutes of Health funding institutes (Mercedes Rubio, Ph.D. and Michael Kozak, Ph.D., National Institute of Mental Health; Wilson Compton, M.D., M.P.E., National Institute of Drug Abuse; and Bridget Grant, Ph.D. National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), Michael B. First, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University and consultant to the American Psychiatric Association on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual activities, and Norman Sartorius, M.D., Ph.D., representing Benedetto Saraceno, M.D., of the World Health Organization.

For each of the conferences, the Steering Committee recruited a pair of co-chairs. In virtually every case these leadership positions were shared by a leading U.S. expert in a given diagnostic area and a distinguished investigator in the same field from a country other than the U.S. In turn, the co-chairs collaborated with members of the Steering Committee in identifying and recruiting a Core Working Group for each conference. Each Core Working Group assumed lead responsibility for planning detailed conference programs, recruiting the approximately 20 presenters and discussants participated in each conference, generating resources such as literature reviews, ensuring timely production of a “proceedings” for each session, monitoring relevant research results that became available over the proceeding four years, and providing a summary of such research that was made available to the DSM-5 Work Groups after they convened in 2007.

The research conference series monographs listed below were jointly supported by generous funding from the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. These monographs document the ongoing efforts of APIRE in providing an empirical research base to support revisions in DSM-5. The conference series, which came to a close in February 2008, played a key role in establishing the evidence base for DSM-5, and these volumes represent the hard work and contribution of its participants.

Information on ordering the monographs below can be found in the DSM Library section of the American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., Web site. 

Andrews G, Charney DS, Sirovatka PJ, Regier DA (eds). Stress-Induced and Fear Circuitry Disorders: Refining the Research Agenda for DSM-5. Arlington VA: American Psychiatric Association, 2009.

Dimsdale JE, Xin Y, Kleinman A, Patel V, Narrow WE, Sirvatka PJ, Regier DA (eds). Somatic Presentations of Mental Disorders: Refining the Research Agenda for DSM-5. Arlington VA: American Psychiatric Association, 2009.

Goldberg D, Kendler KS, Sirovatka PJ, & Regier DA. Diagnostic Issues in Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Refining the Research Agenda for DSM-5. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association, 2010.

Helzer JE, Kraemer HC, Krueger RF, Wittchen HU, Sirovatka PJ, Regier DA  (eds). Dimensional Approaches in Diagnostic Classification: Refining the Research Agenda for DSM-5. Washington DC: American Psychiatric Association; 2008.

Hollander E, Zohar J, Sirovatka PJ, & Regier DA (eds). Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior Spectrum Disorders: Refining the Research Agenda for DSM-5. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association, 2010.

Kupfer DJ, First MB, Regier DA (eds). A Research Agenda for the DSM-5. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association, 2002.

Narrow WE, First MB, Sirvatka PJ, Regier DA (eds). Age and Gender Considerations in Psychiatric Diagnosis: A Research Agenda for DSM-5. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association, 2007.

Philips KA, First MB, Pincus HA (eds). Advancing DSM: Dilemmas in Psychiatric Diagnosis. Washington DC: American Psychiatric Association, 2003.

Saunders JB, Schuckit MA, Sirovatka PJ, Regier DA (eds). Diagnostic Issues in Substance Use Disorders: Refining the Research Agenda for DSM-5. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association; 2007.

Saxena S, Esparza P, Regier DA, Saraceno B, & Sartorius N (eds). Public Health Aspects of Diagnosis and Classification of Mental and Behavioral Disorders. Refining the Research Agenda for DSM-5 and ICD-11. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association and World Health Organization, 2012.

Sunderland T, Jeste DV, Baiyewu O, Sirovatka PJ, Regier DA (eds). Diagnostic Issues in Dementia: Advancing the Research Agenda for DSM-5. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association; 2007.

Tamminga CA, Sirovatka PJ, Regier DA, van Os J (eds). Deconstructing Psychosis: Refining the Research Agenda. Arlington VA: American Psychiatric Association, 2009.

Widiger TA, Simonsen E, Sirovatka PJ, Regier DA (eds). Dimensional Models of Personality Disorders: Refining the Research Agenda for DSM-5. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association; 2006.

Links to summaries of each of the research planning conferences can be found below.

Research Planning Launch/Methods Conference (February 18-20, 2004)

Personality Disorders Conference (December 1-3, 2004)

Substance-Related Disorders Conference (February 14-17, 2005)

Stress-Induced and Fear Circuitry Disorders Conference (June 23-24, 2005)

Dementia Conference (September 15-17, 2005)

Deconstructing Psychosis (February 15-17, 2006)

Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders Conference (June 20-22, 2006)

Dimensional Aspects of Psychiatric Diagnosis (July 26-28, 2006)

Somatic Presentations of Mental Disorders (September 6-8, 2006)

Externalizing Disorders of Childhood (Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Juvenile Bipolar Disorder) (February 14-16, 2007)

Comorbidity of Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (June 20-22, 2007)

Public Health Implications of Changes in Psychiatric Classification (September 25-28, 2007)

Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders Conference (February 3-5, 2008)

In addition to the conference series planning monogrpahs, the APA has developed other monographs that have resulted from DSM-5 Work Group literature reviews and data analyses. These publications have been key resources in informing decision-making for potential changes to DSM-5. Information on ordering the monographs below can be found in the DSM Library section of the American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., Web site. 

Peteet JR, Lu FG, Narrow WE (eds). Religious and Spiritual Issues in Psychiatric Diagnosis: A Research Agenda for DSM-5. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association, 2010.

Regier DA, Narrow WE, Kuhl EA, & Kupfer DJ (eds). The Conceptual Evolution of DSM-5. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association, 2010.

Striegel-Moore R, Wonderlich SA, Walsh BT, & Mitchell JE (eds). Toward an Evidence-Based Classification of Eating Disorders. Arlington, VA:  American Psychiatric Association, 2011.

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