About the Neuroscience Education Institute

Since its inception in 2000, NEI has distinguished itself from other continuing medical education companies by providing high quality, visually engaging, evidence-based, and fair and balanced activities designed to help increase the competence of health care professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric and neurologic disease states. NEI is dedicated to providing the highest quality educational experience, with cutting edge content that is developed and delivered according to learner-centered educational principles. In particular, NEI is uniquely known for making complex concepts accessible through the use of animation and a visual lexicon that is present throughout our content.

NEI was founded by award-winning author and psychiatrist Dr. Stephen M. Stahl, who had the desire to help more patients by helping the professionals who treated them. Today, more than 45,000 mental health professionals continually return to to receive their continuing education and satisfy their need for professional growth.

NEI’s activities and resources focus on (but are not limited to) the following specific disease states: depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, psychosis, sleep disorders, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, substance use, PTSD, cardiometabolic syndrome and psychiatric illness, neuropathic pain, traumatic brain injury, movement disorders, psychiatric consequences of neurologic disorders, and others. NEI’s content is developed as a result of gap analyses and needs assessments of health-care professionals working in the field of psychiatric and neurologic disorders.

CME Program
NEI’s CME program consists of annual and regional conferences, live sessions at national meetings, online CME activities, print CME activities, and other online resources.

Through our meetings and workshops, we strive to expand our educational reach on mental health in an accessible, innovative, and unique way.

NEI Congress—our Fall five-day meeting provides a comprehensive analysis of the most pressing issues and newest advances in mental health care. It includes a full-day of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and a dedicated half-day workshop on the latest hot topic. This meeting sells out each year, and draws over 1,300+ clinicians. Learn more.

NEI Synapse—our Spring three-day meeting covers a variety of mental illnesses. This meeting draws over 400+ clinicians. Learn more.

CME Online Activities enhance the participant’s understanding of a particular topic with visual aids. These online activities consist of Mechanism of Action Animations, Expert Clinical Cases, Webinars & Podcasts, Self-Assessments, and Encore Presentations of Live Sessions.

CME Print Activities are heavily illustrated for easy comprehension and address a wide spectrum of psychiatric and neurologic illnesses, synthesizing information from basic biology and diagnostics to building treatment plans and dealing with complications and comorbidities

NEI Membership
Through membership, NEI provides valuable online resources and exclusive member-only benefits to mental health professionals from across the U.S and internationally. Among the many benefits, NEI Membership includes access to the Master Psychopharmacology Program, NEI Prescribe, and CNS Spectrums. Learn more.

Master Psychopharmacology Program is an educational curriculum in which participants complete self-assessments to assess baseline competency, and are then provided with personalized feedback and a list of recommended educational activities to fill any knowledge gaps. Participants who complete the self-assessments, educational activities, and pass a final exam receive a certificate signifying their status as an NEI Master Psychopharmacologist. Learn more.

NEI Prescribe App gives users access to full prescribing details and expert Tips & Pearls for over 130 psychiatric drugs. And the unique Filter feature helps identify alternative medication options individualized for your patients. Learn more.

CNS Spectrums—the journal of the Neuroscience Education Institute—is a peer-reviewed, Index Medicus/MEDLINE cited journal designed to provide original research and timely reviews of hot topics in psychiatry and translational neuroscience. The journal publishes six online issues during the year and one annual print CME Supplement in December.

Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements


The Neuroscience Education Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. NEI provider number: 007177


NEI is recognized as a leader in quality education, having received ACCME Accreditation with Commendation continuously since its first full accreditation in 2006. Current accreditation with commendation is valid through 2019.

Nurses: for all of your CNE requirements for recertification, the ANCC will accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. The content of almost all of NEI’s activities pertains to pharmacology and is worth continuing education hours of pharmacotherapeutics.

Physician Assistants: the NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the AMA (providers accredited by the ACCME).