Master Clinician Sessions

Thursday, March 19th, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm 

Real-world solutions to real-world issues

The Master Clinician series will educate, inspire, and challenge you to solve problems and achieve breakthroughs. Master clinician sessions are interactive, experiential, and provide in-depth training to maximize outcomes. Click here to learn more. 

Opening Session and Keynote Address

Resilience in Science and Practice: Pathways to the Future
Ann S. Masten, PhD

Thursday, March 19th, 4:45 - 6:00 pm
Directly followed by the Welcome Reception and Partner Solutions Hall Grand Opening

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Rogers Behavioral Health Address - Building a More Resilient Mental Health Workforce

Burnout and dissatisfaction in the medical workforce lead to poorer patient care and increased staff turnover. This brief presentation will uncover the problem of burnout in the mental health workforce and describe the steps a large national behavioral health system is undertaking to build resilience in their employees with a goal of decreasing burnout and staff turnover.


Jerry Halverson, MD, FACPsych, DFAPA, serves as chief medical officer for Rogers Behavioral Health, where he is responsible for the quality of the care provided throughout the organization. He has initiated innovative models of psychiatric care measurement and standardization to ensure that all Rogers patients receive the best care. Dr. Halverson is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been honored with numerous clinical and leadership awards. He has lectured throughout the country to academic, legislative, and community audiences, serves on the APA's Council on Health Systems Finance, and is also Chair of the AMA Section Council on Psychiatry.

Welcome Reception and Partner Solutions Hall Grand Opening supported by Rogers Behavioral Health.

23rd Annual Scientific Research Symposium

Friday, March 20th, 8:30 am - 11:30 am 

Presenters (In Order of Individual Talk)\

“Neuroimmune Mechanisms of Stress Resilience from a Preclinical Perspective” - Scott Russo, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

“Translational Approaches to Understanding Stress Resilience” - Tallie Baram, MD, PhD, Danette Shepard Professor of Neurological Sciences, Director, Conte Center@UCI, University of California, Irvine

“The Neural Mechanisms of Resilience during Human Development”  - Nim Tottenham, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Columbia University 

“Resilience and Psychotherapy-Training Resilience and Enhancing Extinction” - Michelle G. Craske, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Director, Anxiety & Depression Research Center; UCLA Department of Psychology and Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences

Meet the presenters and learn more.

The Scientific Research Symposium is presented by ADAA's Scientific Council  which includes member leaders in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, and neuroscience. 

6th Annual Clinical Practice Symposium - The Nuts and Bolts of Working with PTSD, Depression, and Micro-Aggressions with Minority Clients Through the Lenses of CBT, ACT & FAP

Friday, March 20th, 12:30 - 2:30 pm


This year the 6th annual clinical symposium features a panel of expert clinicians demonstrating key assessments and interventions with an adult LGBTQ client struggling with complex trauma, depression and history of micro-aggressions.

Our panel of experts will demonstrate “hands on” interventions to assess and deliver interventions based on different theoretical models: Functional Analytical Psychotherapy (FAP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in a culturally sensitive manner.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate culturally sensitive assessment and interventions when working with LGBTQ clients affected by trauma, depression, and micro-aggressions.
  • Apply different treatment interventions for an adult client struggling with complex trauma, depression and history of micro-aggressions.
  • Distinguish the similarities and differences between Functional Analytical Psychotherapy (FAP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) when working with trauma.

Matthew Skinta, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
San Francisco, CA

Janina Scarlet, PhD
Center for Stress and Anxiety Management
San Diego, CA

Jillian Shipherd, PhD
Clinical Research Psychologist
Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System

Thank you to the ADAA 2020 Clinical Practice Symposium Committee:

Patricia E. Zurita Ona, PsyD - Committee Chair
East Bay Behavioral Therapy Center
Walnut Creek, CA

  • Eric Goodman, PhD, Coastal Center for Anxiety Treatment, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Jil Stoddard, The Center for Stress and Anxiety Management, San Diego, CA
  • David Yusko, PsyD, The Center for Anxiety & Behavior Therapy, Bryn Mawr, PA

Meet the presenters and learn more here.

Jerilyn Ross Lecture 

The State of the Art of Toxic Stress and Resilience Research: Implications for Best Practices with Vulnerable Populations

Friday, March 20th. 3:15pm - 4:45pm

In this lecture, the broad range of negative sequelae associated with adverse childhood experiences will be reviewed, and emerging data on the mechanisms by which adverse childhood experiences ‘get under the skin’ to confer risk for deleterious mental and physical health outcomes discussed. Key factors for promoting resilience and recovery will then be delineated.

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Jerilyn Ross Lecture and the Science Spotlights are supported by VistaGen Therapeutics.

Trending Topic: Cannabis 

Thursday, March 19, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Cannabis, Anxiety, and Depression: Cause for Pause or Peace of Mind?
presented by: Staci Gruber, PhD

During this presentation, Dr. Gruber will summarize the complex the relationship between cannabis use and anxiety and depression, and will discuss how important differences between recreational users and medical cannabis (MC) patients may impact this relationship. She will present recent findings from the cannabis Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery (MIND) program, including data from the first longitudinal study of MC patients, which reflect changes on measures of cognitive function, clinical state, quality of life, conventional medication use, and neuroimaging variables after initiation of MC treatment. She will also highlight preliminary data from the first clinical trial of a plant-derived, full-spectrum, high-cannabidiol (CBD) product for the treatment of anxiety. Finally, she will explain potential reasons for the changes observed in these studies and highlight areas in need of future research.

Medical Marijuana: The Evidence and Promises of CBD
presented by Diana Martinez, MD

Dr. Martinez will summarize the literature on cannabis for medical disorders, with a focus on placebo controlled, prospective studies. This will include research on cannabis plant extract, delta (9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (and congeners), and cannabidiol. She will also review the observational studies showing the risks of recreational cannabis use in medically ill patients. A brief discussion on the use of cannabis plant extract in neuropathy and pain will also be included.

Learn more here.

Science Spotlights

Targeting Biological Mechanisms of Resilience to Identify New Therapeutics for Depression and PTSD

Saturday, March 21, 8:30 am to 9:30 am

This year we will be highlighting cutting edge, topical, research with our Science Spotlights. Science Spotlights feature invited speakers who are conducting paradigm shifting research that will help shape new directions in understanding and treating depression and anxiety disorders.

Dr. James Murrough is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Director of the Depression and Anxiety Center for Discovery and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 

Saturday, March 21, 9:30 am to 10:30 am
A Walk Through the Lifecycle of the Memory Engram

Dr. Daniella Schiller is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Friedman Brain Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where she directs the affective neuroscience laboratory. 

Main Stage Event - Celebrating ADAA's 40th Anniversary!

Saturday, March 21st, 7:00 pm

Join us on Saturday evening at 7:00 pm to celebrate ADAA's 40th Anniversary! This fun and festive celebration will honor long-time members, recognize this year’s member award recipients and toast to another 40 years!  Enjoy local cuisine, great music and grab your dancing shoes (or boots), and be sure to take photos with your friends at the photo booth to commemorate the evening! We’ll see you there!