ADAA’s Board of Directors help guide and support the organization’s mission and vision by overseeing the agency’s operations, strategic direction and fiscal health.

The Board of Directors actively helps guide, support and oversee ADAA’s activities—setting long-term goals and priorities for the Association as well as monitoring ADAA’s strategic direction, fiscal health as well as its financial, administrative, and personnel policies. To accomplish these tasks, the board meets once a month, with special meetings of Board subgroups convened as necessary. The Executive Committee is comprised of the Board Chair, the President Elect, the Treasurer, the Past President and the Secretary.

Many distinguished Americans as well as international leaders in the mental health field have served on the board since ADAA’s founding three decades ago.

The President and President-Elect and Treasurer of the Board of Directors are elected by the Board.  The President presides over all meetings of the board. The current President of the Board is Karen Cassiday, PhD. The current President-Elect is Mary (E) Beth Salcedo, MD. 

Current Board Members

Karen Cassiday, PhD  —  President
The Anxiety Treatment Center, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences, and Rogers Behavioral Health Chicago

Mark H. Pollack, MD — Past President
Rush University Medical Center

Mary E. (Beth) Salcedo, MD — President-Elect 
The Ross Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

Risa B. Weisberg, PhD —  Treasurer
VA Boston Healthcare System
Boston University School of Medicine

Cindy J. Aaronson, MSW, PhD — Secretary
Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Paul Holtzheimer, MD
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
White River Junction VA Medical Center

Luana Marques, PhD
Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

Vasiliki Michopoulos, PhD
Emory University School of Medicine

Charles Nemeroff, MD, PhD
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Scott Rauch, MD
Harvard Medical School

Sheila Rauch, PhD
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta VA Medical Center

Helen Blair Simpson, MD, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute

Michael Van Ameringen, MD
McMaster University

Peter Roy-Byrne, MD — ex officio
University of Washington
Editor, Depression and Anxiety

Naomi Simon, MD, MSc — ex officio
Massachusetts General Hospital
Chair, Scientific Council

Leadership Council

Terence M. Keane, PhD — Chair

Anne Marie Albano, PhD

Jerrold Rosenbaum, MD

Barbara Rothbaum, PhD

Simon Rego, PsyD

Martin Seif, PhD

Murray Stein, MD

Myrna Weissman, PhD

Reid Wilson, PhD

Sally Winston, PsyD

Honorary Board Members

Abby J. Fyer, MD 
New York State Psychiatric Institute

David Hoberman 
Mandeville Films

Michael Gleason
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Consumer Brands, LLC

Terence M. Keane, PhD — ex officio
VA Boston Healthcare System
Boston University School of Medicine
Chair, Leadership Council

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Embracing Empathy and Mental Wellness

December 2016

The ADAA Board and leadership recognizes that this past year has been a tumultuous and, for many in our country, a very stressful and distressing one. Numerous instances of hate speech and angry sound bites have left many in our country, particularly minority groups, feeling extremely anxious, depressed and uncertain about the future.
Numerous research studies clearly indicate that not only does prejudice and hate speech decrease the ability to experience empathy and increase the risk of violence in society from both the prejudiced group and the victimized group, but it can also impair immune functioning and can even increase stroke risk. It can also negatively impact relationships and increase the risk for verbal and physical violence. Read more.