Multicultural Advances SIG


The Multicultural Advances SIG encourages collaboration, communication, education, research, mentoring, and networking focused on multicultural issues within anxiety, depression, and related disorders. This SIG aims to facilitate increased attention on topics and issues concerning diversity and multiculturalism within ADAA and in the field in general, and encourages discussion, collaboration, and research among researchers, clinicians, and stakeholders interested in meeting the mental health needs of diverse underserved communities.

Read the article "An Increase in Anxiety and Other Emotions Is Completely Natural After the 2016 Presidential Election"

ADAA has also launched a Spanish-language online peer-to-peer support community as part of our ongoing efforts to provide enhanced resources for our Hispanic community.  

To access ADAA's public resources related to Diversity & Inclusion please click here

If you’re interested in joining this SIG, please login to your member account and choose Groups from the green menu bar at the top of your screen or contact ADAA.

Please view the ADAA SIG Guidelines for responsibilities and expectations. 

SIG Co-Chairs:

  • Natalie Arbid, PhD, Harbor UCLA Medical Center
  • Heidi Montoya, PhD, University of Washington Medical Center

Board Liaison:
Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP, Emory University School of Medicine 

2020-2021 Annual Report


  • SIG Champion award established and awarded
    • 2020 Awarded to Lizabeth Roemer
    • 2019  Awarded to Heidi Montoya Perez
    • 2018 awarded to Jen Martinez
    • 2017 awarded to Sarah Hayes and Carmela Alcantara 
    • 2016 awarded to Liz Roemer
    • 2015 awarded to Alies Muskin

The SIG Champion is chosen by SIG co-chairs on an annual basis. Co-chairs identify a SIG member who has gone over and above to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion within the ADAA organization.

We created a new outreach and scheduling process to increase the volume of multicultural content on the ADAA website.

We launched several identity-related webinars and identity-related blog posts including:

  • Anxiety and Depression Treatment for Immigrant, Refugee, and Asylee Clients presented by Dr. Rachel Singer
  • Treating Anxiety and Depression in Gender Diverse Populations presented by Dr. Lauren P. Wadsworth
  • Addressing Racism to Reduce Mental Health Inequities presented by Dr. Briana Woods-Jaeger

ADAA has also launched a Spanish-language online peer-to-peer support community as part of our ongoing efforts to provide enhanced resources for our Hispanic community. 

Plans for 2021

Over the past year, the SIG has come together virtually via regular meetings to process recent identity-related world events, network, build community, and share ideas and resources to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the organization. We will continue this practice through the following year, as we missed connecting in person during the conference. We will continue to survey members of our SIG to understand ways we can support each other remotely. We hope to partner with ADAA to create a mentoring program, publish community resources, and hope to increase collaboration across members within the SIG.