The ADAA Awards Program recognizes member participation and commitment to the association and to the community.

ADAA-membership circle-logo_0.pngMember of Distinction Award

This award recognizes a mid-career or senior clinician or researcher who advances the mission of ADAA through significant service and commitment to the organization and its membership.

The recipient is recognized and photographed at the Opening Session of the annual conference and presented with a plaque.

Eligibility Criteria

  • ADAA member for 10 years or more
  • Record of service through participation in the organization's committees, task forces or boards, mentoring, special initiatives, or involvement in the annual conference.

2018 Member of Distinction Awardee

pollack_mark_rmc_0_1.jpgMark H. Pollack, MD
Rush University Medical Center

Dr. Pollack has been an ADAA member since 1991 and is a past ADAA President. He is a member of ADAA's Scientific Council and the Multicultural Advances Special Interest Group. Dr. Pollack is also a professor and the chairperson of the Department of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center, Director of the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress, and Director of the Road Home Program: Center for Veterans and their Families.

Past Member Recognition Awardees


Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate AwardJerilyn Ross_2010.jpg

To honor the memory and lifework of Jerilyn Ross, ADAA's cofounder and president from 1985 to 2010, this award acknowledges a professional who exemplifies excellence and outstanding advocacy for patient education and care, training, and research. The recipient is recognized and photographed at the Opening Session of the annual conference and presented with a plaque.

Eligibility Criteria

  • ADAA member
  • Mental health professional from any clinical discipline
  • Demonstrated track record of advocacy on behalf of those suffering from anxiety disorders
  • Proven highest standards of empirically supported care or clinical innovation
  • Must attend the ADAA Annual Conference

2018 Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate Awardee

Simon Rego, BoD.jpgSimon Rego, PsyD, ABPP, ACT
Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Rego has been an ADAA member since 2007 and is an ADAA clinical fellow as well as a member of the Multicultural Advances Special Interest Group. He is Chief Psychologist, Director of Psychology Training, and Director of the CBT Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center, the academic medical center and University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Rego is also an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Past Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate Awardees


Special Recognition Award - 2018

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The Public Education Committee

The focus of the Public Education Committee is to improve and expand public education and outreach about anxiety, depression and co-occurring disorders through webinars, blog posts, social media outreach and other collaborative educational projects. This year the committee, in collaboration with the Child and Adolescent SIG, has also created two helpful outreach tools  for ADAA clinical members to address a need often voiced by members: How can we inform parents and pediatricians about child anxiety?  

Members of the 2018 Public Education Committee include:

  • Debra Kissen, PhD - Co-Chair
  • Neal Sideman - Co-Chair
  • Karen Cassiday, PhD - Board Liaison
  • Jackie Bullis
  • Suma Chand, MPhil, PhD
  • Aarti Gupta, PhD
  • Sarah Knapp, MA
  • Eli Lebowitz, PhD
  • Karen Martinez, MSc, MD
  • Kathariya Mokrue, PhD
  • Catherine Pittman, PhD
  • Amy Przeworski, PhD
  • Lynne Siqueland, PhD
  • Andrea Umbach, PsyD
  • Melanie VanDyke, PhD
  • Jennice Vilhauer, PhD
  • Jenny Yip, PsyD