Membership Committee

The membership committee builds and promotes ADAA membership and works to increase retention of current members. The committee creates new recruitment materials and outreach plans to promote the value of ADAA membership and works to encourage a diverse membership. Committee members participate in conference activities and cultivate member engagement throughout the year. The committee embraces new members with creative ideas - please join us in building ADAA membership.


Membership Committee Chair

Brian Schmaus, PhD
Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago

Dr. Brian Schmaus is a clinical psychologist at the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago.  He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  Dr. Schmaus has received training from leading experts in the fields of anxiety and related disorders.  He uses empirically supported treatments and tailors every treatment plan to the specific clinical needs of the patient. Dr. Schmaus has extensive experience working with anxious patients on the Autism Spectrum, and he has given several presentations at national conferences on the topic.  He has also presented on anxiety and anxiety related disorders and has authored publications in peer-reviewed journals. 

Membership Committee Members

Kristy Allen, PhD
Nicholas Carleton, PhD
Ashley Clausen, PhD
Kathleen Delaney, PhD PMH-NP
Heather Greenawalt, LCSW-R
Johanna Kaplan, PhD
Gopalkumar Rakesh, MD
Stephanie Woodrow, LCPC NCC


Annual Report - 2020

The impact of COVID-19 and the cancellation of the 2020 ADAA Conference in San Antonio limited some of the typical activities of the Membership Committee.

Our membership committee has 9 current members and we have actively been working on increasing our membership.  We aim for a balance of researchers and clinicians. 

One of our main accomplishments of 2020 was our continued efforts to send personalized emails to all new members and those whose memberships have recently lapsed.  We are continuing to work on getting more active on Social Link. Another success was the adjustment for the ADAA Virtual Conference for 2021.  We are exploring virtual opportunities to talk with new members at the upcoming conference.

One of main goals for 2021 is to create a mentorship program.  This has been an ongoing effort for over 2-years involving coordination with other committees for guidance.


Read the ADAA Committee Guidelines.

Interested in joining the ADAA Membership Committee? Please email ADAA.

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