History of ISIPT

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) was developed and initially tested in the 1970’s by Myrna Weissman, Ph.D. and Gerald Klerman, M.D.  As scientific evidence accumulated showing that IPT is a treatment that works for several disorders, investigators pursued opportunities to  share their ideas about IPT research and training with each other.  Therapists also sought the company of colleagues to better understand IPT, improve their therapy techniques, and learn about the newest developments in IPT.

IPT professionals began gathering informally to further the study and practice of IPT. The earliest gatherings of IPT professionals were held in conjunction with meetings of the American Psychiatric Association in the late 1990’s, organized by John Markowitz, M.D.   In 2002, the International Society of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (ISIPT)  was formally incorporated in Australia under the leadership of Rebecca Reay, R.N. and Michael Robertson, M.D.  The organization moved to the United States in 2010 under the leadership of Scott Stuart, M.D. and was incorporated in Iowa City, Iowa.  ISIPT’s first formal elections were held in 2015.  Holly Swartz, M.D. was  ISIPT’s  first elected President, serving for a two-year term (2015-17), in accordance with newly ratified bylaws.  In 2016, ISIPT was reincorporated in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Since 2002, the activities of ISIPT have been directed toward furthering IPT research and training, and supporting the professional development of IPT practitioners. ISIPT activities are primarily educational, as exemplified by our bi-annual conference.  The first scientific meeting was held in Pittsburgh in 2004 with the goal of enabling professionals to learn more about IPT.   Prior ISIPT conferences are listed below.

20041st IsIPT Conference in PittsburghEllen Frank, Holly Swartz
20062nd IsIPT Conference in TorontoPaula Ravitz
20093rd IsIPT Conference in New York CityLena Verdeli, Laura Mufson
20114th IsIPT Conference in AmsterdamMark Blom
20135th IsIPT Conference in Iowa CityScott Stuart
20156th IsIPT Conference in LondonRoslyn Law
20177th IsIPT Conference in TorontoPaula Ravitz, Marta Novak
20198th IsIPT Conference in BudapestOguz Omay, Adrienne Stauder
20219th IsIPT Conference “virtual, from Florida”Heather Flynn