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Lynnette A. Averill, PhD

Lynnette A. Averill, PhD

Member Since 2017

Dr. Averill is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston. She received her PhD from the University of Utah and completed a Fulbright fellowship at the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (now Phoenix Australia), internship in clinical psychology at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX, and postdoctoral fellowship at the NCPTSD-CND and Yale’s Department of Psychiatry.  Dr. Averill has expertise in translational clinical neuroscience with emphasis on pharmacoimaging trials of rapid-acting glutamate-based drugs evaluating behavioral and neural alterations in suicidal thoughts and behaviors in trauma- and stress-related psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Averill and ADAA

I first became involved with ADAA in 2015 when my colleague suggested the meeting to me. I presented some of my research and found all of the conversations to be invigorating – leaving with a host of new perspectives, novel ideas for future work, and connections for potential collaborations. The following year I had the honor of participating in the CDLP Award Program and found this to be an outstanding experience, gaining direct feedback on my research and career trajectory from leaders in the field and also networking with peers. The CDLP experience also facilitated my receipt of some pilot data for a grant submission and my selection for a leadership role in the Genetics and Neuroscience Special Interest Group (GAN SIG), which has been great fun.”

“I really appreciate the broad and diverse membership, the nice blend of presentations at the annual conference, and the community engagement and opportunities for continued learning and development between annual meetings. ADAA does a very nice of blending clinical practice, research, policy/advocacy and doesn’t shy away from ‘hard’ or potentially controversial topics. I’d also give a shout out to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) who have a nice footprint at the ADAA annual meetings and always host a lunch for past and present awardees, which has been a great way to connect with people doing highly relevant and diverse work.”

As a clinician and investigator, I have benefited greatly from the nice blend of learning and educational /CME opportunities, both at the annual meetings and the webinars throughout the year. Being involved with the Genetics and Neuroscience SIG has been helpful in connecting not only with my co-chairs who I consider friends and colleagues, but also with the broader community of ADAA who have overlapping interests. The CDLP was a fantastic experience and really a solid catalyst in my career trajectory (I highly recommend early career researchers and clinicians look into this opportunity). I’ve also benefited from the ‘Find a Therapist Directory’ both in getting some referrals for my own (very small) private practice as well as helping to find potential providers for others through the resource.” 

I recently relocated to Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. I completed my internship here in 2012-13 and it is exciting to be back! This position included a faculty promotion and the opportunity to continue a close collaboration with my friend, colleague, and Co-Director of Emerge Research Program (and co-chair for the 2022 Annual Conference). I am excited about our work exploring novel treatment approaches for stress- and trauma-related conditions including suicidality. Recently, I have been working with Texas Legislators on a bill that would support the study of select psychedelic medicines for the treatment stress- and trauma-related conditions (PTSD and suicidality ), expanding the promising work already established in this area. I’m excited to continue exploring novel approaches with potential to provide rapid, robust, and enduring positive effects in chronic stress pathology through better understanding the mechanisms of how these therapeutics work, what clinically-relevant/useful biomarkers may exist, and ultimately how we (as a field) can not only save lives, but help people to create lives they truly want to live.”

Chadi G. Abdallah, MD

Chadi G. Abdallah, MD

Member Since 2014

Dr. Chadi Abdallah is an Associate Professor and Beth K. and Stuart Yudofsky Chair in the Neuropsychiatry of Military Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine. He is also the Academic Director of for the Advanced Technology Core Labs, Core for Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CAMRI) at Baylor. Dr. Abdallah received his MD from Lebanese University and completed his Residency at SUND Downstate, a Research Fellowship at Yale University, and Postdoctoral Training at Cornell University.  

Dr. Abdallah has expertise in antidepressants clinical trials, translational clinical neuroscience, multimodal neuroimaging, and the development of rapid acting antidepressant for the treatment of depression, PTSD and other stress-related psychiatric disorders. He employs broad range of pharmacological challenges, neuroimaging modalities, and network neuroscience approaches to study the neurobiology of depression and other psychiatric disorders and the mechanisms underlying treatment response and resistance. His research program focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying trauma, depression, and chronic stress, with emphasis on the role of synaptic connectivity and neuroenergetics.

Dr. Abdallah and ADAA

"ADAA has very impressed by the excellent mix of clinical and research presentations, as well as by the professional diversity of attendees. Since then, I have been attending and/or presenting at the annual meeting almost every year. I enjoy the informative email updates and the participation in the special groups [offered by ADAA]. But my favorite is of course the annual conference.

As a researcher, my involvement with ADAA helps me make new friends and acquaintances within the field and got me exposed to broad spectrum of research and clinical knowledge.

I recently moved to Baylor College of Medicine, where I serve as director of the Core for Advanced MRI (CAMRI) and co-director of the Emerge Research Program. So far, I love the warmer weather in Houston!  I am looking forward to expanding the impact of CAMRI on the local imaging research and to continue and advance the research work that we started at Yale. I am especially excited about our work to establish clinically useful biomarkers of trauma and chronic stress.”

Mary Karapetian Alvord, PhD

mary alvord

Member Since 1995

Mary K. Alvord, PhD, is a psychologist with more than 35 years of clinical experience and is director of Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC in Maryland. She is the past president (2013) of APA Division 46, Society of Media Psychology and Technology and has been active in promoting telehealth in her group practice since 2005.  She is co-author of Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens, Resilience-Builder Program, and digital recordings on relaxation and wellness."

Dr. Alvord and ADAA

"Although I have been an ADAA member for more than 20 years, I have become most involved in the past 6 years. My draw in recent years has been the complementary blend of evidence-based science and clinical practice. Bridging the gap between science and practice isn’t just a good name for a symposium, it’s a necessity! Regularly attending the annual conferences, presenting and participating in webinars, and most recently co-hosting the Twitter chat on #HolidayDepression has provided another professional home. I have been an APA Public Education Coordinator for over a decade. The mission is to disseminate accurate information about mental health to the public, promote mental health, and reduce stigma. ADAA is true to that mission, which I highly value. Professionally, I enjoy access to the expertise of others through the webinars and talks. I especially enjoy the master clinician workshops that provide more in-depth learning from experts. In addition to the professional stimulation and learning new information that I can apply, I enjoy the camaraderie of ADAA members. And the staff are great too, adding a welcoming note to all!"

Dominique Apollon, M.Ed, LPC

Dominique Apollon, M.Ed, LPC

Member Since 2018

Dominique Apollon, M.Ed, LPC, is a clinical mental health therapist working at NVision You, a Chicago-based private practice in the Loop. Dominique is a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and serves on their public education committee. Dominique also serves on the steering committee of the Social Isolation and Pets Consortium, initiated and supported by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and Mars Petcare.

Dominique applies evidence-based treatments, including mindfulness-based techniques, for clients who experience anxiety, depression, OCD, and other stress-related disorders. She strives to help her clients discover what it means to live intuitively, embrace their vulnerabilities and learn to challenge and face uncertainty with more confidence.

Dominique and ADAA

"I became involved with ADAA in 2018 and have been an active member of the Public Education Committee since. I chose to become a member of ADAA because of how resourceful and current they are with mental health topics.

I enjoy being a part of an organization that is constantly striving to be the best mental health resource worldwide. ADAA is genuine and thoughtful in its approach to provide helpful tips, resources and evidence-based research. I have personally enjoyed being able to write blogs and assist in hosting and presenting webinars as an effort to educate others.  

Being a member of ADAA benefits my work because I am constantly able to access helpful information to help me learn and grow as a mental health professional. I am grateful to be able to share ADAA as a resource to clients, friends and family and feel proud to say I am a member and advocate. 

I am thrilled to share that my most recent accomplishment allows me to give back to the mental health community! I started Shrink Designs, which is a newly launched chicago-based company that works with therapists, psychologists and all healthcare workers on all things design. Shrink Designs' mission is to assist in cultivating a space to help with work/life balance for healthcare professionals while giving back a percentage of their proceeds to different mental health organizations worldwide. 

received her Masters from DePaul University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her clinical experiences include working at a non-profit helping kids, teens, adolescents and adults experiencing trauma. Prior to working at NVisionYou, Dominique worked in private practice specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, OCD, specific phobias, trichotillomania and other stress-related disorders. Dominique is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is board certified. Dominique is also on the public education committee for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America where she aims to improve and expand public education and outreach about anxiety, depression, and co-occurring disorders through website content, webinars, blog posts, social media outreach, and other collaborative educational projects."

Gordon J.G. Asmundson, PhD, R.D., Psych FRSC

Member Since 2000

Dr. Asmundson is a Registered Doctoral Psychologist and Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Regina. He received his doctorate in Psychology from the University of Manitoba in 1991, completed postdoctoral training from 1991-1993, and in 2005-2006 trained as a Beck Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. I am also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders and Clinical Psychology Review, past Editor-in-Chief of Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Examples of career awards include Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada and investiture in the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. I have published more than 340 peer-reviewed papers, 70 book chapters, and nine books.

Dr. Asmundson and ADAA

"I attended my first ADAA conference in 1992 while doing my postdoctoral training with Murray Stein and John Walker. They suggested that I would enjoy the learning opportunities and collaborative atmosphere of the meeting and organization. They were right. I have been a member at involved with ADAA in several capacities since that first conference attendance. My ADAA membership has a number of perks but, for me, the annual conference is the highlight. I am proud to say that I have attended the conference very year now for 28 years. The excellent research and clinical content, combined with a very welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for all attendees, is second to none."

Amanda Baker, PhD

Member Since 2010

Dr. Amanda Baker is a research and clinical psychologist at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Baker received her Ph.D. from Boston University and completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Baker is an active member of several professional societies such as the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. 

Dr. Baker's clinical and research interests involve mediators and moderators of the etiology of and cognitive behavioral treatments for anxiety. She recently completed a two-year grant from Harvard Catalyst/The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center/National Institutes of Health to study intra-individual networks of panic disorder in hopes of being able to personalize CBT treatments in the future. She was recently awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. She has been trained in a variety of evidence-based assessment methods and cognitive behavioral therapies for anxiety, mood, OC-spectrum and traumatic stress disorders. Dr. Baker was previously awarded a Livingston Fellowship for Young Investigators from Harvard Medical School to conduct research on anxiety sensitivity and suicidality in OC-spectrum and anxiety disorders. She has numerous published peer-reviewed papers and chapters on these topics. 

Dr. Baker and ADAA

 “I joined ADAA in grad school in 2010 as the organization is extremely well aligned with my clinical and research interests. I am continually impressed by the multidisciplinary approaches used and presented by ADAA researchers and clinicians. The annual conferences are a highlight for me! I first went to the conference in 2010 and have been every year since. I have gotten involved in a number of ADAA activities, committees, and award programs outside of general membership which have been invaluable to me. One specific example comes from the CDLP program which I participated in in 2016 and helped me to refine a grant proposal which was subsequently funded!”

Dr. Amanda Baker is a research and clinical psychologist and Clinical Director at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School where she has worked since 2013. Dr. Baker received her Ph.D. from Boston University in 2013 and completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Baker is an active member of Anxiety and Depression Association of America where she is vice-chair of the Early Career Special Interest Group. Dr. Baker's clinical and research interests focus on the development, validation, and dissemination of empirically based psychosocial treatments for anxiety and related disorders. She has a current NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Foundation examining the use of ecological momentary assessment and wearable psychophysiological assessment to develop intra-individual networks of panic disorder and assess change in CBT."

Bryan Balvaneda

Member Since 2015

Bryan Balvaneda is an advanced doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts Boston in Boston, MA. He is interested in studying the interpersonal context of clinical processes and providing alternative mental health service delivery models for reaching underserved populations. Bryan Balvaneda es un estudiante avanzado de psicología clínica en la Universidad de Massachusetts Boston. Bryan se identifica como un hombre Latino, y está dedicado a servir a la comunidad Latina con servicios en Español, así como trabajando con otras comunidades desventajadas.

Bryan and ADAA

"I was introduced to ADAA upon entering graduate school through the suggestion of my advisor, Sarah Hayes-Skelton. She described ADAA as having a more intimate, connected community of professionals and pre-professionals, and that the conference often provided more opportunities for integrating research into clinical practice. These two factors sounded like a great fit for my career goals, and I have felt that ADAA would be a great professional home for me since my first conference in 2015 .  

As an ADAA member, I've enjoyed the intimate network of community members that allows me to easily connect to others and become aware of opportunities. Often, ADAA members and leadership have presented me with opportunities to become involved with ADAA initiatives that align with my interests and career goals, without me even needing to reach out!  

I have always returned from an ADAA conference with clear ideas and skills for improving my clinical practice, and as a trainee that has been always invaluable. Moving beyond my formal graduate training, I foresee these opportunities to improve my practice continuing given the great work I have consistently seen from ADAA members. In addition, the opportunities to frequently and easily communicate with and interact with ADAA leadership has enabled me to visualize a role in organizational leadership that I had not imagined before.

Recently I was awarded the Distinguished Student Practice Award by APA Division 12 and it has been a great honor to be recognized for my work in outreach and supporting underserved communities. I also matched for internship at the University of California, Riverside and am excited to return to an area I call home and serve my community!"

Dave Carbonell, PhD

David Carbonell, PhD

Member Since 2003

David Carbonell, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in treating anxiety. He is the author of four self- help books:  Panic Attacks Workbook, The Worry Trick, Fear of Flying Workbook, and Outsmart Your Anxious Brain: Ten Simple Ways to Beat the Worry Trick. 

Dr. Carbonell is the “coach” of a popular self-help site where you can find his books: https://www.anxietycoach.com. He has taught workshops on the treatment of anxiety disorders to more than 10,000 therapists in the U.S. and abroad.  He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from DePaul University in Chicago in 1985 and has maintained a practice devoted to the treatment of anxiety disorders in Chicago since 1990. In his spare time, he is the founding member of The Therapy Players, an improvisational comedy troupe of professional psychotherapists in the Chicago area.

Dr. Carbonell and ADAA

"I was a newly licensed psychologist in 1987, in my first job in a Chicago suburb, and volunteered to facilitate a local anxiety self-help group. That was my introduction to everything about anxiety disorders that I hadn’t learned in graduate school. What an education it was! I first learned of ADAA there (it was the Phobia Society of America at that time). Eager to learn more, I attended my first conference probably 1987 or ’88, in San Francisco, and was really dazzled by my first Reid Wilson workshop, among others. The conferences for me, and the educational resources for clients and consumers. And I’ve met some great people.”

“In the beginning, it gave me a clinical focus when it was quite rare to specialize in anxiety disorder treatment, and that has really defined my career.”

Dave Carbonell, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in treating anxiety. He is the author of four self- help books: Panic Attacks Workbook, The Worry Trick, Fear of Flying Workbook, and Outsmart Your Anxious Brain: 10 Simple Ways to Beat the Worry Trick. He is the “coach” of the popular self-help site, anxietycoach.com, and has taught workshops on the treatment of anxiety disorders to more than 10,000 therapists in the U.S. and abroad.  He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from DePaul University in Chicago in 1985 and has maintained a practice devoted to the treatment of anxiety disorders in Chicago since 1990. In his spare time, he is the founding member of The Therapy Players, an improvisational comedy troupe of professional psychotherapists in the Chicago area."

R. Nicholas Carleton, PhD, R.D. Psych

R. Nicholas Carleton, PhD, R.D. Psych

Member Since 2008

R. Nicholas Carleton, Ph.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychology, a registered doctoral clinical psychologist in Saskatchewan, and is currently serving as the Scientific Director for the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and encyclopaedia entries exploring the fundamental bases of anxiety and related disorders. He has completed more than 360 national and international conference presentations. He also serves as an active member of several national and international professional associations. Dr. Carleton has received several prestigious awards, including a 5-year Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Salary Award, and operating grants. He has also received an Outstanding Young Alumnus Crowning Achievement Award, a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Brain Star Award, a Canadian Association for Graduate Studies Distinguished Dissertation Award in Engineering, Medical Sciences, and Natural Sciences, and a Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal. Dr. Carleton is actively involved in clinical and experimental research, with his interests including the biopsychosocial measurement, assessment, and treatments of trauma, anxiety, and somatic disorders, focusing on transdiagnostics, fundamental cognitions (i.e., lower-order factors such as intolerance of uncertainty), and shared emergent properties (i.e., higher-order factors such as extraversion). He is currently serving as the principal investigator on the Longitudinal Study of Operational Stress Injuries (OSIs) for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He enjoys teaching and supervision of undergraduate and graduate students, and maintains a small private practice for military and public safety personnel who have anxiety and related disorders, particularly posttraumatic stress.

Dr. Carleton and ADAA

"I joined ADAA in 2004 as a new Master's student enrolled in the University of Regina graduate psychology program. The ADAA conference that year was held in Miami and would involve several firsts for me; specifically, my first conference attendance, my first poster presentations (I was fortunate enough to have two accepted), and my first time in Miami. Every aspect of the conference was spectacular and, for a nascent student, the experience was enthralling, but surreal. I was able to attend numerous symposia, many being presented by researchers I had read about and cited who suddenly became tangibly larger than life. I was able to interact with a tremendous number of like-minded researchers who were as excited about anxiety-related research as myself, as well as more welcoming and inclusive than I would have ever imagined. The entire experience was engaging and invigorating, and from that point on I was hooked — I have attended the ADAA conference every year since and the experience has been consistently excellent! I now have the privilege of giving back to an organization that has been such a salient and supportive part of my own professional growth. My own graduate students regularly attend the ADAA conference with me, which then make this terrific organization part of their own professional adventure. I look forward to many more years of growing together and I hope everyone reading continues to join us. I am certain we can all collaborate to continue building on the successes we have seen in improving mental health."

Karen Cassiday, PhD, ACT

Karen Cassiday PhD

Member Since 2004

Karen Cassiday, PhD, ADAA Past President's areas of interest are anxiety disorders in children and teens, social anxiety disorder, treatment-refractory OCD, and working with children and teens who suffer from both developmental concerns and anxiety disorders. Her research has focused on information processing in posttraumatic stress disorder and cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders in children, teens, and adults.

Dr. Karen Cassiday is a lively, sought-after speaker and commentator on national media such as Nightline, The Today Show, Animal Planet, The Joy Behar Show, Huffington Post, public radio and many more. She is a TEDx speaker who shared her personal experience as a mother overcoming her own anxious perfectionism in the middle of Walt Disney World! She is the host of the Moms Without Worry radio show. She served as the President of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and is the founder of the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago, the longest-running clinic to first use modern exposure-based treatment for anxiety disorders in the Chicago region. She won the Anxiety and Depression Association of America’s prestigious Clinician of Distinction Award and is a Clinical Fellow. She is also a Diplomate and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, served as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Chicago OCD Foundation/Beyond OCD, and has been listed on numerous Who’s Who lists.  She has published numerous scientific articles and articles on parenting and managing anxiety. Dr. Cassiday is dedicated to helping mothers overcome the cultural pressure to be perfect and to raise perfect kids. She enjoys using her expertise from over thirty years in the field to help families overcome the dilemmas of parenting in a high-stress digital world. Her goal is to help all mothers embrace the messy hilarity of parenting with unshakable self-confidence so they can raise kids who thrive!

Dr. Cassiday and ADAA

"My graduate school advisor, Rich McNally, suggested ADAA would be a great place to join as a student so I could present my research and network with other like-minded people who were really interested in researching and treating anxiety disorders.”

“ADAA has given me many things I needed at different stages of my career that were either unavailable or hard to find.  Early in my career, I was often the only professional who knew about evidence-based therapies for anxiety and I needed a place to be with my own kind without having to explain myself and combat skepticism. Then I needed inspiration from the ideas of scientists and other clinicians so I could improve my clinical skills. ADAA also gave me a multi-disciplinary group that mirrored my daily work life and that felt great. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to share my knowledge by giving presentation. Lastly, ADAA has given me the opportunity to serve humankind in a bigger way by sharing my leadership skills on committees, the Board and as president.”

“I have depended on my ADAA colleagues throughout my career to give me inspiration, encouragement and mentoring for my clinical dilemmas and business dilemmas. The friendly non-competitive atmosphere has made it easy to call up anyone to get their advice. I don't believe that my patients and staff would have fared as well as they have had I not been very involved with ADAA."

L. Kevin Chapman, PhD

Kevin Chapman

Member Since 2008

Dr. Kevin Chapman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice, where he engages in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and related disorders and the culturally-infused implementation of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In addition to being a Media Psychologist, Dr. Chapman is the past Program Chair for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), former Master Clinician Seminar Chair for ABCT and is the former Chair of the Facilitated Consultation Committee for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). Dr. Chapman was an Associate Professor in Psychology from the University of Louisville prior to establishing a full-time private practice in 2014.

Dr. Chapman and ADAA

"I joined ADAA in 2008 and became involved in 2010 when I discovered that ADAA is a natural outlet for my research. I soon realized after joining ADAA that a number of my colleagues not only attend ADAA's annual conference but are also actively involved in the organization's governance. I enjoy my ADAA membership for several, interrelated reasons. ADAA has increasingly valued diversity and makes issues pertaining to diversity salient throughout all facets of its educational programming. Additionally, I thoroughly enjoy my time at ADAA conferences where I can not only spend time catching up with colleagues, but also attend an exceptionally diverse program pertaining to anxiety and related concerns. Presenting at ADAA is always extremely enjoyable and the increased emphasis on technology and social media is absolutely refreshing! Additionally, ADAA is truly innovative in leveraging the intersection between consumers and mental health providers. By engaging constituents through monthly Twitter Chats (one of my favorite components), webinars, and blog posts, ADAA truly facilitates dissemination and public education." 

Ashley Clausen, PhD

Ashley Clausen, PhD

Member Since 2015

Dr. Ashley Clausen, Ph.D. is a Staff Clinical Health Psychologist at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. She completed her doctoral training at the University of Tulsa and Laureate Institute for Brain Research with an emphasis in neuropsychology and neuroimaging. Dr. Clausen completed her clinical residency at the Durham VA Health Care System and her post-doctoral fellowship at the VA VISN 6 Mental Illness, Research, Education and Clinical Center and Duke University Brain Imaging and Analysis Center. Dr. Clausen’s research has primarily focused on the neurobiology, brain function and treatment of PTSD in trauma exposed populations. Dr. Clausen has been a member of ADAA since 2012 and was a CDLP – Basic Neuroscience Track recipient in 2017. She served as the co-vice chair of the Early Career SIG in 2018 and is presently servicing as the co-chair. She is looking forward to continued engagement in the ADAA community!

Dr. Clausen and ADAA

“I joined ADAA in 2013 during my first year of graduate school. My graduate school mentor, Dr. Robin Aupperle, provided an incredible opportunity for me to attend ADAA’s annual conference in 2013. My experience at the conference highlighted the strong commitment of ADAA towards early career professionals in anxiety, depression, and trauma-focused disciplines and provided a supportive outlet for professional development. ADAA has been one of the few communities that has provided interdisciplinary opportunities combining my interests in neurobiology, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder. ADAA quickly became my professional home and I became more and more involved in the ADAA community. My involvement in ADAA has not only increased my professional network, but my own confidence and expertise as a scientist-practitioner, as well through online trainings and seminars. In 2018 I joined the Early Career SIG leadership and further expanded my appreciation for all ADAA has to offer to its community! I look forward to cutting-edge research, having really excellent and stimulating conversations with experts in the field every year at the annual conference!”

Noah B. Clyman, LCSW-R, ACT

Member Since 2014

​NYC Cognitive Therapy founder Noah Clyman has dedicated his life to helping people work past problems for happier, more fulfilled lives, with a specific focus on anxiety problems and depression. After earning a Master's degree from New York University he completed intensive post-graduate training in CBT at the Beck Institute, including ongoing case consultation and supervision with CBT founder Aaron Beck, MD and colleagues.  Noah is a certified cognitive therapy provider since 2010, after completing the rigorous certification process, which includes the close evaluation of the applicant's academic knowledge and clinical expertise before a certificate in CBT is awarded. 

In his private practice, Noah works with adults in individual and couples therapy. His practice includes clients who are dealing with anxiety and depression, addictive disorders, relationship and communication problems, and life transitions. Noah's therapeutic approach is active and practical and he likes to work collaboratively with clients. He provides support and practical feedback to help clients resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. With sensitivity and compassion, Noah works with each client to help him/her build on strengths to identify and achieve life goals. Before starting NYC Cognitive Therapy, Noah provided psychotherapy in a broad range of settings including: a psychotherapy training institute, a community mental health clinic serving clients living with HIV/AIDS, a psychiatric emergency room, and a mobile crisis team.

Noah and ADAA

"I joined ADAA in 2014 to increase professional connections and friendships, and to stay abreast on the most cutting edge treatments. Aside from making the decision to pursue post-graduate training in CBT, the act of joining ADAA has been the most important step of my professional career. I am thankful to be a part of ADAA for many reasons. (1) ADAA has one of the best annual conferences for mental health providers. (2) The conference includes workshops that target psychotherapy conceptualization and methods, with particular focus on evidence-based approaches, and I have gotten to meet many of the world-renowned educators and leaders in the field whose writings inspired my work. (3) ADAA has afforded me opportunities to teach workshops at the annual conference. For example, I had the honor of co-teaching the workshop session, " Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy: A Novel Approach to Changing Core Beliefs in CBT" with TBCT creator Dr. Irismar Reis De Oliveira, MD. (4) Conferences are held in cities that are fun to visit and explore outside of conference times. (5) unlike other conferences I have attended, the ADAA conference is not overwhelming in scale, there is always something stimulating to attend, and there are no additional fees to see your favorite presenter."

Ken Goodman, LCSW

Ken Goodman

Member Since 2009

Ken Goodman, LCSW, treats anxiety and OCD in Los Angeles. He is the author of The Anxiety Solution Series: Your Guide to Overcoming Panic, Worry, Compulsions and Fear, A Step-by-Step Self-help Audio Program, Break Free from Anxiety, a coloring, self-help book for anxiety sufferers, and the Emetophobia Manual, for those who suffer with the fear of vomit.  Ken Goodman is an ADAA board member and Clinical Fellow. Visit Ken's website.

Ken and ADAA

"Prior to joining ADAA I wrote and produced several self-help audio programs including The Anxiety Solution Series, a 12-hour audio course, Stress Free, a compilation of six guided meditations, and The Personal Growth Series, a collection of seven hypnosis sessions. Since becoming a member of  ADAA and being elected to their Board of Directors, I have completed two books: Break Free from Anxiety and The Emetophobia Manual. Although my practice in Los Angeles was focused on treating anxiety disorders, prior to joining ADAA, I did not know other therapists who shared the same specialty.  Attending my first ADAA conference in 2013 changed that. The presentations filled the gaps in my knowledge and I met and become friends with other experts in the field.  The articles I have written and the webinars and videos I have produced for the ADAA website on health anxiety, the fear of driving, and emetophobia, have helped thousands of people around the world and they have generated close to one hundred patients in my private practice.  ADAA is an organization that uniquely benefits anxiety sufferers, therapist, and researchers."

Eda Gorbis, PhD, LMFT

Member Since 2008

Dr. Eda Gorbis, PhD, LMFT is the Founder and Executive Director of the Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders in Los Angeles, California and a Clinical Assistant Professor (V) at the USC Keck School of Medicine. The Westwood Institute is often called an intensive center of 'last resort' for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), and other anxiety disorders. By integrating treatment methods with a multidisciplinary team of experts, Dr. Gorbis has brought hundreds of people with prior treatment failures to normal functioning. Her expertise was prominently featured on programs, such as "20/20," "60 Minutes," and "MTV's True Life.”  She has given over 170 conference presentations on topics related to her intensive treatment of OCD, BDD, and anxiety disorders around the world.

Dr. Gorbis and ADAA

"Back in 1994, I applied for a poster presentation for the ADAA annual conference based on my observations that there is a certain group of patients whose onset of OCD began after a certain level of trauma/PTSD. ADAA's committee accepted my presentation for a symposium which was supervised and led by one of the leading experts in the world on OCD and PTSD: Dr. Edna Foa (also an ADAA member). 

Once the poster was accepted, an unbelievable buzz went through the OCD and anxiety disorder community at UCLA. This incredible association not only accepted my paper but also found it to be important enough to be presented at the conference. Had it not been for that day at ADAA, my career could not have skyrocketed the way it did, and I would not have achieved the same levels of success. The acceptance that I felt at that conference and the sense of exuberance that rushed over me means more to me than any other peaks that I have experienced in my career. Not even the appearances on documentaries and TV shows nor the multiple awards I received could surpass the moment my supervisor passed a quiet remark that today marked the day I was accepted within the anxiety disorders community. Ever since then, I have given hundreds of presentations, and I have never missed one with the ADAA conference.

For me, ADAA was the first step in my professional journey and helped me gain the confidence to step onto other big and bright stages later in my career. I believe that ADAA can be that same stepping-stone for other young professionals. ADAA offers an incredible professional stage for anyone looking to begin their career."

Jessica Graham-LoPresti, PhD

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Member Since 2018

Dr. Jessica Graham-LoPresti is co-founder of BARE Mental Health & Wellness, LLC and an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Suffolk University.  Dr. Graham-LoPresti graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Psychology and American Studies and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has focused her career on promoting the resilience, health, and well-being of people and communities of color and has published extensively on the multi-level impact of racism on mental health as well as barriers to quality and effective mental healthcare for underserved and underrepresented communities.  In addition, Dr. Graham-LoPresti owns a clinical private practice where she helps clients cope with a range of psychological struggles including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship challenges, as well as stress associated with marginalization and oppression.

Kat Harris, PhD

Kat Harris, PhD

Member Since 2013

Kat Harris, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Co-owner of OakHeart, Center for Counseling, Mediation, and Consultation. Dr. Harris is also an Adjunct Professor and Graduate Faculty Scholar at Northern Illinois University. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree from Michigan State University and her Doctoral Degree from Northern Illinois University where she was a member of the Anxiety Disorders research lab under the mentorship of Dr. David Valentiner. She completed her Pre-Doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship at the Ann Arbor VA in association with the University of Michigan, and her Post-Doctoral Residency at the University of Michigan, Clinical Psychology Consortium under the mentorship of Sheila Rauch, PhD. Dr. Harris is an active member of the ADAA community, serving as the Vice-Chair of the Women’s Mental Health Special Interest Group. She is also a member of the OCD SIG and Social Anxiety SIG.

Dr. Harris and ADAA

"I became involved with ADAA in graduate school. My mentor, Dr. David Valentiner, encouraged me to present at the conference. I presented at ADAA for the first time in 2010 and was hooked!"

"I absolutely love attending the conferences. They are an incredible way of connecting with colleagues. The presentations are always excellent and help me keep up with the latest innovations and research. I feel reinvigorated every time I go and plan to continue going annually as long as I can."

"There are many ways being an ADAA member benefits my work. I own a practice called Oakheart, Center for Counseling, Meditation, and Consultation. I treat primarily individuals with OCD and anxiety disorders on an outpatient basis. I also supervise students and mentor licensed professionals who have an interest in specializing in exposure-based interventions for OCD and anxiety. Therefore, as a practice owner, clinician, supervisor and mentor, it is critical that I continue my education. ADAA provides opportunities for continued education in so many ways! Between the conference, special interest groups, webinars, and journal access, I am able to feel confident in my ability to treat OCD and Anxiety and teach others to do so as well."

"As a practice owner and practicing psychologist, being a member also benefits me by allowing me to list myself and my specialized staff on the “Find a Therapist” directory. Being a member also allows me to contribute and share via blog posts. I refer community members and my clients to the resources available on the ADAA website frequently."

"Last, it has allowed me to volunteer my time in a field that I am passionate about. I am currently a vice-chair of the Women’s Specialty Interest group at ADAA. I have enjoyed building relationships with my colleagues and working to better serve women in mental health."

"Two years ago I opened a private practice with 3 amazing colleagues and friends. We now have 14 employees, 4 students, and 2 locations! I am thrilled to offer evidence-based cognitive behavioral treatment to those with OCD and Anxiety and to have a team of specialists by my side, including one of my co-owners Vanessa Osmer, M.A. We believe in providing high-quality evidence based treatment and I am able to do so with the help of communities like ADAA. I am a proud member!"

Arash Javanbakht, MD

Arash Javanbakht, MD

Member Since 2016

Arash Javanbakht, MD., is the director of the Stress, Trauma, and Anxiety Research Clinic (STARC; https://www.starclab.org) at Wayne State University. Dr Javanbakht and his work have been featured on the National Geographic, The Atlantic, CNN, Aljazeera, NPR, Washington Post, Smithsonian, PBS, American Psychiatric Association, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and tens of other media. His clinical and research work is mainly focused on anxiety and trauma related disorders, and PTSD. He often helps civilians and first responders with PTSD. His clinic utilizes pharmacotherapy (medication), psychotherapy, exercise, and lifestyle modification to help patients achieve their full capacity for a fulfilling life. Several research studies at the STARC examine the impact of exposure to war trauma in adults and children Syrian and Iraqi refugees, and biological and psychological factors of risk and resilience, and use of art, dance and movement therapies in helping refugee families. STARC also works on utilization of augmented reality and telemedicine for vivo treatment for anxiety disorders and PTSD.

Dr. Javanbakht and ADAA

 “I was introduced to ADAA through my mentor Dr James Abelson, a longtime member, during my residency. The reason was my passion for research and also clinical work in anxiety and trauma.”

“I love the friendly environment and seeing the same nice faces each year. Also, the balanced combination of basic science and clinical research, and clinical expertise. As a clinician researcher, there are not a lot of venues where I could get such exposure to both my clinical and basic science research passions.”

“I love the ADAA annual meetings and look very much forward to them for the above reasons. I have met brilliant researchers and clinicians at the ADAA, and some have turned to great clinical and research collaborators, and good friends. I also check the website and webinars. Also, as I write for the media a lot, ADAA has kindly been sharing my work with those interested.”

“I recently received the news from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development that an R01 application to follow a cohort of traumatized Syrian refugee children in the US and their parents, to examine the illness course, and its epigenetic, autonomic, and environmental correlates. Drs. Tanja Jovanovic, Nicole Nugent, Alicia Smith, and David Rosenberg are the great collaborators on this project. I have also been using augmented reality combined with telemedicine for treatment of phobias with great success in a pilot study of fear of spiders. This data was presented at the ADAA last year in a symposium. We are advancing to fear of dogs and humans. I also often write public education pieces for the media, which can be seen on my lab website, and ADAA generously shares those with the members. https://www.starclab.org/media."

Tanja Jovanovic, PhD - ADAA Board Member

Member Since 2009

Tanja Jovanovic, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences and the David and Patricia Barron Chair for PTSD Neurobiology at Wayne State University. Dr. Jovanovic's research program focuses on the interaction of traumatic experiences, neurophysiology, neuroendocrinology, and genetics in stress-related disorders in adults and children in high-risk populations. She directs the Detroit Trauma Project (www.detroittraumaproject.com), which investigates the impact that urban trauma exposure has on the brain. Her research employs psychophysiological (e.g. fear-potentiated startle, skin conductance response, heart-rate variability) and brain imaging methods (e.g. MRI, fMRI) to investigate biomarkers of risk for trauma-related psychopathology, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her laboratory developed novel human fear conditioning, fear inhibition, and extinction paradigms for PTSD patients. Dr. Jovanovic is the lead investigator on several federally funded grants from the National Institutes of Health and has an independent investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and served on national and international grant review panels.  https://psychiatry.med.wayne.edu/profile/gr561. Dr. Jovanovic is an ADAA Board Member and a co-chair of the ADAA CDLP Program.

Dr. Jovanovic and ADAA

"I first became involved in 2008, when my mentors Kerry Ressler and Barbara Rothbaum, who were very active in ADAA, encouraged me to apply for the Travel Award.  I was fortunate to get the award in 2009, and have been coming to the ADAA conference every year since then.  I have found ADAA to be a wonderful place to network with clinicians and researchers—it is small enough to be able to get to know most members, but also bring in new mentees to the field of anxiety. It is an excellent place to learn and grow a career.  Over time I became more and more involved with ADAA and in 2015 Dr. Ressler and I were co-chairs of the conference program. I have now become more involved in mentoring trainees—after several years of being a mentor on the Career Development Leadership Program (CDLP) by ADAA, I am now one of the co-chairs of this program—this allows me to provide the kinds of career opportunities that ADAA gave me more than a decade ago. Now I bring my own mentees every year and have several receive travel awards!"

"I consider ADAA to be my scientific “home”, the membership and the community aspects of this organization have always provided a strong base for communicating my research and learning about the best approaches to studying and treating anxiety. In recent years, ADAA has also become the “home” for my lab, with many students, postdocs, research assistants, and junior faculty attending and presenting at the conference every year. I truly enjoy meeting up with outstanding colleagues in the field and being able to introduce them to my mentees. Because ADAA members are so supportive of early career clinicians and researchers it provides a unique opportunity for networking and new collaborations."

"My research is focused on trauma exposure and how it changes the brain in a way that makes individuals vulnerable for depression, anxiety, and PTSD. As an ADAA member, I have a platform in which to present my research to the community that is most invested in the same population, whether from a clinical or research perspective.  Though the conference and webinars, I am also able to learn the most up-to-date developments in trauma research."

"Last year, I moved my lab from Emory to Wayne State University in Detroit to build a program to better understand urban trauma exposure, especially during development. It has been an exciting time, and even in a short time, we have found Detroit families very interested in our research program. Detroit has been especially impacted by COVID-19, and our communities of color have been disproportionately affected.  My lab has been reaching out to our participants to survey and offer resources to those most affected by the pandemic."

Debra Kissen, PhD, MHSA

Debra Kissen, PhD, MHSA

Member Since 2010

Dr. Debra Kissen is CEO of Light On Anxiety CBT Treatment Center. Dr. Kissen specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Kissen is the author of the Panic Workbook for Teens, Rewire Your Anxious Brains for Teens: Using CBT, Neuroscience, and Mindfulness to Help You End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry (The Instant Help Solutions Series) and the soon to be released Break Free from Intrusive Thoughts: An Evidence-Based Guide for Managing Fear and Finding Peace. Dr. Kissen also has a special interest in the principles of mindfulness and their application for anxiety disorders. Dr. Kissen has presented her research on CBT and mindfulness-based treatments for anxiety and related disorders at regional and national conferences. Dr. Kissen is the Co-Chair of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Public Education Committee. Dr. Kissen was the recipient of the 2020 Gratitude for Giving Spirit Award  and the 2018 Anxiety Depression Association of America Member of Distinction Award. 

Dr. Kissen often serves as a media psychologist and is available for press inquiries and strives to further the dissemination of empirically supported treatment (EST) information by offering user friendly quotes and simple to understand, practical tips and solutions to help mental health consumers move past stress and anxiety.

Dr. Kissen and ADAA

"I was lucky enough to do my early practicums under the leadership and guidance of Dr. Karen Cassiday who is now president of ADAA. I learned from Dr. Cassiday that time spent with ADAA is one of the best professional investments that I could make. Through continuing education, professional connections and additional contact with mental health consumers, ADAA is truly my professional home. I have always had a passion for enhancing dissemination of empirically supported treatment protocols to mental health consumers. The public education committee offers a wonderful opportunity to create innovative programming to reach mental health consumers where they are, not just in the treatment room. I hope the future of mental health care delivery will allow for many more opportunities to expand access to mental health care through public education initiatives such as those spearheaded at ADAA."

Krystal Lewis, PhD - ADAA Board Member

Member Since 2011

Krystal Lewis, PhD is a clinical psychologist with the Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience (SDAN) at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In addition, she is a member of the Stigma Scientific Interest Group (SIG) and the Anti-Racism Task Force at NIH. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for pediatric anxiety and has interest in identifying mechanisms of treatment for anxiety disorders in youth. Dr. Lewis has experience in delivering evidence-based therapies and collaborating with schools, families, and providers to disseminate scientific information which helps inform clinical practice and promote implementation of evidence-based treatments.

Dr. Lewis has been an active member of ADAA since 2011. She was selected for the competitive Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program (CDLP) in 2015 and is an ADAA Clinical Fellow. She has also held leadership positions within ADAA, previously serving as co-chair of the Early Career Professionals and Student SIG and currently serving as co-chair of the Child and Adolescent SIG and was named to the ADAA Board of Directors in 2021.

Dr. Lewis and ADAA

“My graduate school advisor, Thomas H. Ollendick, encouraged his students to join ADAA and doing so was such a great decision. ADAA has been my professional home since 2008 and during that time I have presented posters and talks at the annual conferences, participated in the Career Development Leadership program (CDLP), co-chaired Special Interests Groups (SIG), mentored with the CDLP, and volunteered to help with several other endeavors. ADAA is an amazing organization and a provides great opportunities for young professionals to volunteer, network, and experience immense professional growth. I’m excited to continue working with ADAA as my own professional goals align nicely with the organizations mission.

I really enjoy the collaboration with professionals around the country. ADAA provides an opportunity to learn about research by attending talks at the conference, participating in webinars, and reading about new insights via email or social media. I especially enjoy the relationships that have developed from participating with the different SIGs. The Child and Adolescent SIG has monthly peer consultation calls which allows us to engage with specialists within our organization and obtain clinical consultation for challenging, unique cases. It’s a space for clinicians at all stages of development to talk with one another, share insightful tips and tools, and be part of a community of providers who are passionate about providing the best clinical care to children and adolescents.

Being an active ADAA member contributes to my work in a variety of ways. I have at hand a group of professionals whom I can call on when I need clinical advice, researchers who I can collaborate with on projects or involve in SIG meetings to present their work, and a professional home where I feel most comfortable. I encourage students and trainees to join this organization which will contribute to their professional growth and maintain their excitement about their work.”

Jessica Maples-Keller, PhD

Jessica Maples-Keller, PhD

Member Since 2015

"I attended my first ADAA conference during graduate school in 2013, at the suggestion of my wonderful mentors Drs. Barbara Rothbaum and Kerry Ressler. Attending my first ADAA conference, I was grateful for the suggestion because I felt that I found my professional home. Within our field, many often note the importance of basic science informing applied science, and research informing practice and vice versa, but these can be difficult bridges to construct—however, ADAA does a great job at both of these goals. I love attending conferences and feel that the dialogue between these areas is very strong. At every conference, I've learned cutting edge information that informs my research as well as my clinical practice. I also really enjoy the sense of community and connecting with colleagues who work in similar areas. I look forward to continuing to be involved in ADAA in the future!"

Dr. Maples-Keller was the 2017 Donald F. Klein Early Career Investigator Award recipient.

Julia Martin Burch, PhD

Julia Martin Burch, PhD

Member Since 2016

Julia Martin Burch, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who works with children, teens, and parents in the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program. She specializes in evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavior therapy and exposure and response prevention therapy, for youth anxiety and obsessive compulsive and related disorders. Dr. Martin Burch is also a member of the McLean School Consultation Service which trains school-based mental health staff around Massachusetts in the use of scientifically proven mental health treatments. She is interested in disseminating to the lay public scientifically proven practices for child anxiety, including writing blogs focused on child anxiety for Harvard Health and the American Psychological Association. To accompany child-oriented educational picture books, she also writes “Notes to Parents and Caregivers,” which include proven strategies to support anxious children.

Dr. Burch and ADAA

“A supervisor encouraged me to join ADAA in 2016 because of the excellent learning and networking opportunities for students and early career psychologists. I joined on her recommendation and soon after became part of the Child and Adolescent SIG leadership team and attended my first conference. I was blown away by the quality of the conference programming - I often wanted to attend three or four workshops per time slot - and left with many new evidence-based clinical insights and ideas. Since then, ADAA has become my favorite professional organization by far, due to the exceptional annual conference, professional development and networking opportunities, and the robust SIG programming. There are also so many ways to engage with the organization, such as the CDLP mentoring program or writing blogs for the lay public. I now encourage my own supervisees to join ADAA to build their professional networks and participate in the best conference around.”

Karen G. Martínez, MD, MSc

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Member Since 2012

Karen G. Martinez, MD, MSc is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  She is an assistant professor at the University of Puerto Rico where she directs the Center for the Study and Treatment of Fear and Anxiety. As the director of this Center, she leads an interdisciplinary team in the development of research and treatment protocols aimed at improving the assessment and treatment of anxiety in Puerto Ricans.  This Center consists of an interdisciplinary group of psychiatrists, neuroscientists, psychologists and occupational therapists studying the role of physiological fear on anxiety disorders and cultural adaptation of treatments for anxiety disorders.  She is also the principal investigator and director of the NIH funded Hispanic Clinical and Translational Research Education and Career Development Program at the University of Puerto Rico. She completed a Post-doctoral Master’s in Clinical Research in 2006 and has then continued to receive institutional, NIH and Susan G. Komen Foundation support for her research.  Her multiple awards recognize her research work including the Career Development Award from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), and a Minority Faculty Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP).  She is an active member of several professional organizations, such as the ADAA where she has spearheaded multiple projects in order to increase outreach to diverse population including being the chair of the Women's Mental Health Special Interest Group.  

Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD

Member Since 2015

Elizabeth McIngvale, Ph.D. was diagnosed with OCD at age 12. She underwent both inpatient and outpatient therapy, eventually achieving success in her personal journey. Making a difference in the lives of those with OCD has become Elizabeth’s life goal.

Current activities:

  • Director of the McLean Houston OCD Program, one of the leading OCD treatment centers in the world
  • Creator of OCDChallenge.org, a self-help website for OCD
  • Founder of the Peace of Mind Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to improving access to care and treatment for OCD
  • Board member of IOCDF, the International OCD Foundation. Elizabeth was the first-ever national spokesperson for the IOCDF.

Dr. McIngvale and ADAA

"I have been involved in ADAA as early as graduate school. From conferences, resources to information, ADAA has been an incredible resource to me and our field. I enjoy the community and opportunity to be connected to a national organization with the goal in mind of providing effective care for individuals with an anxiety disorder. ADAA benefits the work that we do in every way from providing research and presentation opportunities, being a part of a community working towards the same goal and allowing us to be in the know about upcoming research and treatment for patients with anxiety and related disorders. I have recently been named the director of the newly formed McLean OCD Institute of Houston (houstonocdprogram.org), previously known as the Houston OCD Program. I am honored to be able to lead a group of amazing clinicians and staff to make a positive impact in lives of those with OCD and anxiety in Houston and across the globe. Thank you to ADAA for all that you do and will continue to do for providers and patients."

Douglas Mennin, PhD

Member Since 2004

Dr. Douglas Mennin has developed an active program of research in clinical trials and basic research into the nature of chronic and recurring bouts of anxiety and mood disorders, particularly worry, stress, and depression. He has conducted numerous studies of the basic psychological and physiological mechanisms of generalized anxiety and depression and regularly conducts psychotherapy outcome and mechanism research. Specifically, he has been developing an emotion regulation-based approach to treatment that integrates basic affect science and neuroscience and delineates a number of cognitive, physiological, and neural mechanisms that may help explain how the therapy is effective. Along with colleagues at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and in Denmark, he has also recently adapted this approach to treat distressed caregivers of patients with cancer.  Read more about Dr. Mennin

Dr. Mennin and ADAA

"I joined ADAA over 20 years ago after attending the conference my first year in grad school. I remember being struck at how much ADAA cared about understanding anxiety and helping those suffering about it. Their mission was clear and it seemed they wanted to do something to make a real difference. This initial observation is what I have observed time and again from ADAA. I have continued to be impressed over these many years. As the Chair of the Scientific Council, I am excited to actively contribute to that multi-pronged mission and aid the organization in elucidating the science of anxiety and depression as well as providing my services to help ADAA get the word out to the public and improve the lives of those suffering from these conditions." 

 

Jamie Micco, PhD, ABPP

Jamie Micco, PhD, ABPP

Member Since 2015

Jamie Micco, Ph.D. is Co-Founder of The Concord Center in Concord, MA, and Lecturer of Psychology (Part-Time) at Harvard Medical School. She is Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, and mood disorders. She has first-authored or co-authored peer-reviewed publications on topics related to child/adolescent anxiety and depression, CBT, and information-processing biases. She is also the author of “The Worry Workbook for Teens" (New Harbinger). An active member of ADAA, Dr. Micco currently serves as Chair of its Professional Education Committee.

Dr. Micco and ADAA

“My first ADAA conference was in 2001 as a first-year graduate student. This was when it was still acceptable to present a student research poster on construction paper! Since then, I have attended many more ADAA conferences because of their perfect balance of in-depth clinical content, cutting edge research presentations, and networking opportunities. I served five years on the Conference Committee, and I am now Chair of the Professional Education Committee, promoting the dissemination of new research and empirically supported treatments on a year-round basis.

Though I always enjoy the annual conference, my ADAA membership also provides me with top quality, low cost clinical training through our webinars — and new this year, our online mental health forum! Being a member of ADAA has given me the opportunity to connect with colleagues whose work intersects with mine. This has led to some rewarding collaborations. For example, without ADAA, I would not have met Patricia Zurita-Ona, PsyD—my conversations with her led to us developing and presenting clinical workshops comparing and contrasting different approaches to the treatment of youth anxiety and OCD.

I’m happy to announce the opening of my new group practice: The Concord Center. Located outside of Boston, MA, we provide CBT and DBT for people with anxiety, OCD, depression, mood disorders, and more. Check us out at www.concordcbt.com.

Angela Neal-Barnett, PhD

Member Since 2007

Dr. Angela Neal-Barnett is a national award-winning psychologist, professor, and leading expert on anxiety disorders among Black Americans. The first African American woman to be tenured and promoted to the rank of Full Professor in Kent State University’s Department of Psychological Sciences and in the College of Arts and Sciences, she directs the Program for Research on Anxiety Disorders among African Americans (PRADAA. Dr. Neal-Barnett’s current work focuses on Sisters Offering Support (SOS) sister circles for anxiety across the lifespan and the role of race and stress in Black infant mortality.

Dr. Neal-Barnett is the recipient of numerous federal, state, and foundation funding including grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Science Foundation, Women’s Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, Ohio Commission on Minority Health, Sisters of Charity Foundation and the Mount Sinai HealthCare Foundation. She is the architect and developer of the Build Your Own Theme Song© App; mobile technology that assists middle school Black girls in reducing anxiety and the author of Soothe Your Nerves: The Black Woman’s Guide to Understanding and Overcoming Anxiety, Panic and Fear (Fireside/Simon and Schuster). An international workshop presenter and speaker, Dr. Neal-Barnett’s work bridges the gap between academia and the real world. She has published in numerous psychological journals including Journal of the National Medical AssociationBulletin of the Menninger ClinicClinical Psychology Science and Practice, Journal of Anxiety Disorders and the Journal of Affective Disorders. Her work has been featured on CNN, NBC, NPR, PBS, Fox News, The Blend, SIRUSXM Doctor’s Radio, BET, and the Harvard Business Review Podcast Series, as well as in O, The Oprah Magazine, Health Magazine, Working Mother, Essence, and the New York Times.

Dr. Neal-Barnett and ADAA

"I became involved with ADAA almost 25 years ago. I was an anxiety disorders researcher and membership afforded me the opportunity to interact with other anxiety disorder researchers in what was at the time, a small, intimate setting. 

When I was young, poor, and untenured I always enjoyed the copious amount of hot hors d'oeuvre served during the ADAA annual conference poster sessions. Today ADAA's commitment to the public interest and multiculturalism keeps me involved. My ADAA membership also offers great opportunities to share my research on anxiety and Black Americans across different platforms (academic journals, blogs, social media, webinars, etc.) and reach people outside of academia.

ADAA membership has opened many doors for me and the students and staff of the Program for Research on Anxiety Disorders among African Americans. I have access to state-of-the-art research and methods. Through the Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program (CDLP) I've been involve in leadership in the association.  Many of my current collaborators I met through ADAA. Early on, I never considered integrating a biological component into the work, now because of the collaborations, I can't imagine during a study without collecting hair cortisol or telomere data.  ADAA's embracing of the practice, scientific, and consumer side has allowed me to bring my community collaborators to the annual conference as presenters and to share their insights and views. The grad students and staff in the Program for Research on Anxiety Disorders among African Americans have had access to opportunities and experienced professional growth that I do not believe would be available elsewhere.

​I am incredibly honored to be ADAA’s 2020 recipient of the Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate Award. I remember meeting her as a young professional and her commitment to helping people reclaim their lives from anxiety disorders. This summer my book Soothe Your Nerves (Simon & Schuster) was recently named a book for these turbulent times by both self.com and essence.com (Essence magazine). Soothe Your Nerves also serves as the cornerstone of our ongoing community-based participatory research intervention on reducing Black maternal morbidity and infant mortality. This research is affecting policy both within the state of Ohio and nationally.  I became an anxiety disorders researcher because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of Black Americans. To see how the research is being used is gratifying and humbling."

Martin Paulus, PhD, Scientific Council Chair

Martin Paulus, PhD, Scientific Council Co-Chair

Member Since 2008

Dr. Paulus is the Scientific Director and President of the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) in Tulsa, OK. Dr. Martin Paulus joined the Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) in Tulsa, Oklahoma as the Scientific Director and President in May 2014. Prior to this transition, he had been a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the Director of Telemental Health at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Health Care System (VASDHS). Dr. Paulus had been at UCSD since arriving as a postdoctoral fellow in 1986 and has been funded continuously by the NIH since 1997. LIBR focuses on using neuroscience approaches to develop better assessments for diagnosis or prognosis of mental health problems and to develop neuroscience based novel interventions. Dr. Paulus' research focuses on pragmatic academic psychiatry, i.e. how to use neuroscience-based measurements to generate individual level predictions that can be useful for clinicians. Moreover, Dr. Paulus is interested in whether computational approaches can be useful to better develop explanatory basis for psychiatric disorders that can be submitted to rigorous scientific examination. In particular, Dr. Paulus is interested whether individuals with increased levels of anxiety have difficulty differentiating random fluctuations from probabilistic but useful information. Dr. Paulus is the co-chair of the ADAA Scientific Council and ex-officio board member.

Dr. Paulus and ADAA

"Murray Stein told me a long time ago 'I will make you into an anxiety researcher' and I think he succeeded and I am very happy about it too. My first ADAA meeting was in Saint Louis in 2007 and I have been coming every year ever since. ADAA is a natural home for high quality research in mood and anxiety disorders and provides the unique opportunity to connect with clinicians and those affected by mood and anxiety disorders." 

Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP - ADAA Board Member

Member Since 2002

Sheila A.M. Rauch, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine. She led design and now serves as Deputy Director of the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program and Director of Mental Health Research and Program Evaluation at the VA Atlanta Healthcare System. Dr. Rauch has been developing programs, conducting research and providing PTSD and Anxiety Disorders treatment for over 20 years. Her research focuses on examination of mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of PTSD and improving access to effective interventions. She has led several PTSD treatment outcome and mechanisms trials funded through VA/DOD and other sources and has been training providers in PTSD treatment since 2000 including working with a team to establish a PTSD training network in Japan following the triple disaster in 2011. She has published scholarly articles, chapters, and books on anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) focusing on neurobiology and factors involved in the development, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety disorders, psychosocial factors in medical settings, and the relation between physical health and anxiety. She is an author of the new Prolonged Exposure manual to be released by Oxford University Press in August of 2019.  Dr. Rauch has been involved in the modification and adaptation of proven psychotherapeutic interventions for anxiety disorders for various populations and settings, including primary care. She is a fellow of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT), was granted membership in the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Scientific Council of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. 

 Dr. Rauch and ADAA

"I joined ADAA in my first year as a professional psychologist as the organization was a good fit for my budding academic medical career. ADAA was the exceptional organization that included mental health professional from all types of practice as well as patients and their families.  The goal to push science, practice, and recovery was wholly in line with my perspective.  The Scientific preconference had a very good reputation for providing the highest quality of scientific research on anxiety disorders and the quality spilled over into the conference.

The multidisciplinary atmosphere of the organization that provides space and value to all scientific practice to support those suffering with mental health issues.

ADAA helps me to get out of my comfort zone to see what is happening in the larger mental health field. As a clinical researcher, I can easily get stuck in my perspective and people who practice in the same way as me. ADAA gives me connections to very different type of providers and practices while staying evidence based.”

Simon Rego, PsyD, ABPP, ACT

Member Since 2007

Dr. Rego is the 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 in the Bronx, New York. He is also an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, one of the nation's premier institutions for medical education, basic research and clinical investigation. Simon Rego is an ADAA Clinical Fellow.

Dr. Rego and ADAA

“I have been an active member of the ADAA since joining in 2007! I started getting involved by presenting a poster at the annual conference in Savannah, Georgia in 2008 and don’t think I’ve missed a conference since joining! I love the mission, focus, and multidisciplinary membership of ADAA. It’s also just the right size to be comprehensive in what it can offer, while still being nimble enough to address emerging issues in the field and meet the needs of its members.

There’s a real sense of community –and not just at the conference. It creates opportunities to connect throughout the year with colleagues with research and clinical backgrounds, at all levels of training, and across various disciplines.

Over the years, I’ve been able to participate in the association as a poster presenter, as well as both a panelist and chair of several clinical roundtables and workshops. I’ve also been able to get involved in the association’s governance, first as a committee member, then as a committee chair, and finally, as a member of the Board of Directors! More recently, I was honored to have been selected to lead a master clinician session at the 2020 conference in San Antonio, TX. Following this, I, along with my esteemed colleague here at Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Jonathan Alpert, will be co-chairing the 2021 conference in Boston, MA! All of this has helped my work in terms of making connections for collaborations, strengthening my CV for academic promotion, and helping with patient referrals for my practice.

It really is an organization with something for everyone. It is especially welcoming of more junior members and emphasizes integrating diverse perspectives. We are all going to work with patients with anxiety and depression during the course of our careers, so I can’t imagine why someone in our field would not want to join! What better way to stay on top of current developments?”

Laura Rhodes-Levin, MS, LMFT

Laura Rhodes-Levin, MS, LMFT

Member Since 2019

Laura Rhodes-Levin, LMFT, is a licensed therapist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety, depression, and trauma. She holds a Master of Science in Counseling and is known for her unique approach in the understanding of anxiety and anxiety disorders.

Laura is the Found of The Missing Peace - Center for Anxiety, a facility that offers a variety of modalities, including Psycho Therapy, Neurofeedback, Art Therapy, Olfactory Anxiety Reduction, Group Therapy, Movement, and more to help ease the nervous system and restore the brain, body, and mind to a place of calmness and relaxation.

In the past, she has received many honors for her work including a Recognition Award for Going Above and Beyond in the Assistance of Rehabilitation Programs for the National Council of Jewish Women, and the National Council of Jewish Women has bestowed her with the Unsung Hero Award by the City of West Hollywood, as well. 

Laura has served as an expert on psychological issues on several outlets, and has been seen on KTLA, Good Day LA, FoxNews, KCAL 9, KCBS, KABC, and more.

Laura and ADAA

"I first became involved with ADAA in 2016. I was so thrilled to know that there was an organization that focused solely on mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. Mental health is such an important issue to not only our physical health, but to our birth given right to happy and purposeful lives! Around the time I joined ADAA, I founded The Missing Peace-Center for Anxiety in Los Angeles California, an intensive outpatient program that focuses on anxiety depression and trauma. Becoming a part of this organization gives me the chance to help people locally, as well as nationally.

A couple of years ago I was granted the opportunity to become co-chair of the SIG for integrative health at the ADAA. I love the work that we are doing! While medications are helpful in many situations, our SIG is demonstrating efficacy for other more holistic modalities that, we who are out here in the field working with patients directly, get to see real the  improvements in levels of anxiety and depression through these modalities.

Getting to have connections with fellow colleagues in my field has numerous benefits. For example, I have added modalities to my practice that I had never even heard of based on the results and collaborations I have heard about from other members of ADAA.

I believe my center is the only one of its kind on the west coast. I am so proud of the team that I brought together and of the tear-jerking work that has helped free our patients from the grips of anxiety, depression and trauma. I have been lucky enough to appear on many local and national television newscasts because of the progress within my center. Each person that we see get better is an accomplishment that could bring a person joy for a lifetime!"

Nina Rifkind, LCSW, ACS

Nina Rifkind

Member Since 2014

Nina Rifkind, LCSW, ACS, Owner, Wellspring Counseling, Denville, NJ. Nina Rifkind is a licensed clinical social worker, practicing in Morris County NJ for almost 20 years. She specializes in treating Anxiety Disorders and OCD, in people of all ages, particularly connecting with adolescents and young adults. Bringing the most current, evidenced based treatment to her clients is a priority. 

Nina and ADAA

"I originally joined ADAA and attended my first conferences in the mid 1990’s. I rededicated myself to the organization several years ago, when I went full time with my private practice. It was important for me to have a community that would facilitate professional growth and provide me with a network of expertise to draw on and contribute to.

ADAA has satisfied those expectations and done much more. What I’ve enjoyed most is the sense of comradery and partnership among members and the ADAA staff. When I participate in Special Interest Group meetings, I know I will be learning, whether I present a case or not. Others’ willingness to share their experience and knowledge as well as their most challenging clinical issues, is always validating and gives me the support I need, as an independent practitioner. The annual conferences are by far, the best place I’ve found for highly specialized trainings and a nice way to connect with everyone I meet on a virtual basis throughout the year.

Being an active member of ADAA, attending SIGs, conferences, and webinars has benefited my work in immeasurable ways. I have the confidence to take on some of the most challenging cases and help those who may not have many options for effective treatment. I’m proud to help promote evidence-based treatment and offer it with the expertise that ADAA has helped me build and sustain, with ongoing developments in research and clinical practice. I believe my involvement in ADAA, has in large part, led to referrals from some of the most well-respected residential programs around the country.

When I’m asked by colleagues how to effectively treat OCD or help kids and adolescents with debilitating anxiety, I encourage them to join ADAA and take advantage of access to the most current research, trainings and consultations. To me, participation is key, to gain and maintain the skills to be an effective, specialized clinician and the best possible resource for your patients.

I am currently a member of the OCD SIG and Professional Education Committee."

Andrew Rosen, PhD, ABPP, FAACP

Member Since 2003

Dr. Andrew Rosen is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He is also a Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and a Diplomate and Fellow in the American Academy of Clinical Psychology (FAACP). He is an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the Florida Psychological Association (FPA), and the Adelphi Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He has previously served as president of both the Palm Beach County Psychological Society and the Anxiety Disorders Association of Florida. Dr. Rosen founded the Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders in Delray Beach, Florida, where he continues to serve as Director and to work as a board-certified, licensed psychologist providing in-person and telehealth treatment options. 

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Dr. Rosen and ADAA

“I became involved with ADAA when it was still the Phobia Society of America around 1990. I met Jerilyn Ross then and in the early 1990s we initiated a plan to have statewide chapters…in that case the Anxiety Disorders Association of Florida. This proved to not be a practical pathway and was phased out. I attended most of the annual conferences and really enjoyed the learning and the culture of the association as more and more professionals around the country developed a dedication to understanding anxiety and later mood disorders. Before the 1990 period there was little attention paid to these diagnostic entities. I have enjoyed presenting at many conferences and participating in the planning of presentations and a few of the conferences in Florida. Being an ADAA member has benefited me as a psychologist as a person and it has added to the recognition that our Center here in Florida has. Recently, I have become a Co-Chair for the Social Anxiety SIG of ADAA and look forward to continuing its development in offering education to interested members. Although we are all disappointed that our meeting in San Antonio could not be, I look forward to providing help to the many, many people who are and will be hurting from COVID and resuming at next year’s meeting.”

Brian Schmaus, PhD

Brian Schmaus, PhD

Member Since 2009

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. He teaches patients how to manage their worries and fears so they can learn how to tolerate uncertainty. Dr. Schmaus is the chair of the ADAA Membership Committee.

Dr. Schmaus and ADAA

ADAA “helps me stay connected with the latest research and clinical practice for treating anxiety and related disorders. I first joined ADAA in 2008 and attended my first conference that year. It was towards the end of my graduate school training that I first learned of ADAA. One of my supervisors encouraged me to join ADAA and attend the annual conference. I enjoy being involved in a community where I get to meet and connect with a great number of people with similar clinical interests.”

 

Holly Scott, MBA, MS, LPC

Member Since 2017

Holly Scott, MBA, MS, LPC is the founder of Uptown Dallas Counseling where she specializes in treating anxiety disorders. She serves on the board of the National Social Anxiety Center where she works with other therapists to broaden the quality and availability of Social Anxiety treatments. She is a Diplomate in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and has received extensive post-graduate training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from The Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy, New York Institute of Cognitive Therapy, Icahn School of Medicine, and the National Cancer Institute.

Holly and ADAA

"I joined ADAA in 2018. I have a special interest in treating Social Anxiety and joined the Board of the National Society Anxiety Center (NSAC) in January 2018. The members of this board are all active ADAA members and several of them were presenting training sessions on Social Anxiety at the 2018 ADAA Conference. Based on their strong recommendations, I joined ADAA and attended the annual Conference. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn from experts in the field. Since joining ADAA, I have been able to learn and collaborate with fellow clinicians in the following ways:

  • Live & Recorded Webinars for CE credit
  • Mass General Hospital Psychiatry Webinars
  • Annual Conference Clinical Sessions, Research Symposium, & Exhibits
  • Social Anxiety Special Interest Group
  • Co-hosting an Hour of ADAA Twitter Q&A
  • Working toward Clinical Fellow status

This membership allows me to feel confident that I am maintaining a high level of training on the latest evidence-based practices to treat Anxiety and Depression."

Neal Sideman, Public Education Committee Co-Chair

Neal Sideman, Public Education Committee Co-Chair

Member Since 2007

Neal Sideman recovered from disabling panic disorder & agoraphobia in 1998. For the last 19 years, he has served as a self-help advocate, and an internationally-known coach and teacher for people recovering from panic disorder and agoraphobia. Neal's website, paniccure.com, has reached over 400,000 people. Since 1999, Neal has provided support, guidance and coaching to over 3,000 people working for their recovery from panic disorder, agoraphobia and social anxiety disorder.  Neal is the co-chair of the Public Education Committee.

Neal and ADAA

ADAA was essential to Neal's recovery. In 1997, he came across Jerilyn Ross' book "Triumph Over Fear." He contacted ADAA, and found his amazing CBT therapist as a result. After completing his recovery work, Neal joined ADAA. He attended his first ADAA conference in San Diego, in 1999. The following year, the journal of the ADAA, The ADAA Reporter, published Neal's essay: "How I Achieved My Cure of Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia: An Open Letter to Those on the Healing Path." Neal started giving presentations at ADAA conferences in 2005. In 2011, Neal was invited to participate in the newly-formed ADAA Public Education Committee, under Sally Winston's leadership. Sally initiated the public education webinars the following year, and Neal began hosting and then helping to organize the webinar series. Neal is excited to continue contributing to ADAA's mission! 

Sanne van Rooij, PhD

Sanne van Rooij, PhD

Member Since 2017

Dr. Sanne van Rooij is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Neuroscience from Utrecht University (the Netherlands) in 2015. Dr. van Rooij's research aims to identify neurobiological predictors for PTSD development and treatment response and the investigation of novel brain-based treatments. As part of her PhD training with Drs. Kahn and Geuze, she performed a pre- and post-treatment neuroimaging study on war veterans with PTSD. She identified predictors for poor treatment outcome, such as a smaller hippocampus and increased amygdala activation. As a postdoctoral fellow with Drs. Ressler and Jovanovic, she studied the role of the hippocampus in the development of PTSD in acutely and chronically traumatized civilians and children. She is an active member of the Neuroimaging Group of the PTSD psychiatric consortium. Dr. van Rooij collaborates with Emory's Department of Neurosurgery to assess the effect of amygdala ablation and direct amygdala stimulation on PTSD symptoms and biomarkers. She has been an active member of ADAA since 2015.

Dr. van Rooij and ADAA

"I became an ADAA member in 2015 when I started as a postdoc at the Grady Trauma Project with Tanja Jovanovic and Kerry Ressler, who co-chaired the conference that year in Miami (the one with the great waterfront dance party). The thing I enjoy the most about ADAA is the community, all the members I have met in the last 5 years. ADAA has also provided me many new opportunities for research and collaboration. I have really enjoyed co-chairing the Genetics & Neuroscience SIG 2017-2019 with Sahib Khalsa. It was a great way to get to know the ADAA organization better and learn more about the conference and what people are most interested in."

Gerald Tarlow, PhD

Gerald Tarlow, PhD

Member Since 1993

Gerald Tarlow, PhD received his doctorates in Clinical Psychology from the University of Montana in 1974. Since 1978 he has been on the faculty of UCLA in the Department of Psychiatry where he is currently an Honorary Clinical Professor. He was the Director of Psychological Services at the UCLA OCD Program from 1994 to 2006. Dr. Tarlow served as Director of the OCD Program at Psychological Care and Healing Center from 2017-2018 and is currently the Head Consultant for the OCD and Anxiety Clinic at the center. In 1986 he established the Center For Anxiety Management, an outpatient private practice specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Dr. Tarlow was awarded a Diplomate in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in 2001. He is currently one of the faculty for the Behavior Therapy Training Institute of the International OCD Foundation. Dr. Tarlow is the author of the Clinical Handbook of Behavior Therapy for Adult Psychological Disorders and the Clinical Handbook of Behavior Therapy for Adult Medical Disorders.

Dr. Tarlow and ADAA

"I originally joined ADAA in the 1980s.  Since I obtained my Ph.D. in clinical psychology I have specialized in treating anxiety disorders. ADAA is a place where I can share my professional interests and continue to learn about the treatment of anxiety disorders. Since 2016 I have been a Clinical Fellow in the organization.

There are so many positive aspects about the organization. Some of my favorites include:  the level of presentations at the conferences, the continuing education presentations online, the Depression and Anxiety journal, the resources that are made available to the community and the Find-a-Therapist Directory.

Being a member of ADAA allows me to stay current on research and treatment of anxiety disorders.  If I need a referral outside of Los Angeles I can always find specialists through the Find-a-Therapist Directory.  I also enjoy the discussions and articles within the member community.

In the past year I have started a new website www.therapycartoons.com where I post my original cartoons related to mental health and therapy.  I am also in the process of completing a self-help book on the topic of treating mental compulsions for individuals diagnosed with OCD."

Lauren P. Wadsworth, PhD

Member Since 2013

Dr. Lauren P. Wadsworth’s clinical practice and research primarily focus on transdiagnostic features of anxiety disorders, with additional specialties treating anxiety in LGBTQ+ populations and providing ERP for OCD. Lauren’s clinical interests include providing evidenced based treatments (primarily CBT, ERP, and Acceptance-based strategies) to individuals with anxiety and depressive disorders in outpatient settings. Lauren’s clinical and research work are both largely informed by a commitment to continuously striving to increase her cultural humility as a clinician and researcher.

Dr. Wadsworth and ADAA

"I became a member of ADAA my first year of graduate school (2012). My mentor, Dr. Sarah Hayes-Skelton, highly recommended the annual conference as a way to gain additional training and insights on treating anxiety and researching mechanisms of anxiety development and treatment. Since then, I have attended the conference yearly.

I enjoy the conference as a way to connect with other anxiety researchers and clinicians. I appreciate that the conference has historically felt more focused on clinical work and is smaller/more intimate than other conferences I have attended. I also appreciate that ADAA has explicitly committed to increasing the percentage of multiculturally informed presentations and roundtables. Most recently, I have valued serving as a co-chair of the Multicultural Advances Special Interest Group with Dr. Briana Woods-Jaeger.
ADAA has been invaluable in supporting my professional networking, especially with peers/colleagues who hold similar values regarding cultural humility.  

I am so excited to have finally reached my goal of starting an OCD Clinic in my home city of Rochester NY. The city of Rochester and surrounding rural towns have been historically underserved, especially in regards to Evidence Based Treatments for OCD and Anxiety Disorders. After launching Genesee Valley Psychology in July of 2019 we have grown to 12 clinicians- serving over 250 patients with individual therapy, an OCD Intensive Outpatient Program, and numerous OCD/DBT/CBT groups. We are excited to have our first Postdoctoral Fellows and new practicum students joining us in the Fall. I am also excited to be co-authoring "Did that just happen?! Beyond "Diversity"--Creating Sustainable Inclusive Organizations" a forthcoming book (with Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker) on cultural humility in the workplace from Beacon Press."

Stephanie Woodrow, LCPC, NCC

Stephanie Woodrow, LCPC, NCC

Member Since 2016

Stephanie Woodrow, LCPC, NCC has a private practice in the Washington, D.C. area specializing in the treatment of adults with anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and related disorders. Stephanie has participated in an advanced forum through the IOCDF’s Behavior Therapy Training Institute and was named an Emerging Leader by ADAA. She previously served as chair of ADAA’s Early Career Professionals and Students SIG and is the Vice Chair of the OCD and Related Disorders as well as serving on the Membership Committee.

Stephanie and ADAA

“When I decided to become a therapist, I knew I wanted to specialize in treating anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  My work in graduate school reflected these interests and joining the ADAA community as I transitioned to a trainee was a natural fit. At my first ADAA conference, I participated in the CDLP Program and was matched with Ruth Lippin, LCSW, JD as my mentor, Ruth was not only supportive but excited for me and she introduced me to Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C and Kimberly Morrow, LCSW. This trio quickly became my “Three Wise Women,” and their passion for training clinicians, and specifically masters-level clinicians, excited me and inspired me to become more involved with ADAA. I applied for a position on the Early Career Professionals and Students SIG and was selected first as co-vice chair and then chair. I recently joined the ADAA’s Membership and Marketing Committee, where I connect my work from the Early Career SIG to the greater ADAA community. My Three Wise Women continue to support me, offering advice, suggestions, and encouragement, and I know when I see them at ADAA conferences I’ll get an injection of passion, energy, and excitement. I look forward to exploring how my involvement with ADAA expands and changes, and to continuing to collaborate with other professionals passionate about treating people with anxiety and depression.”

Briana Woods-Jaeger, PhD

Briana Woods-Jaeger, PhD

Member Since 2017

Dr. Briana Woods-Jaeger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences at Emory University and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in traumatic stress and culturally responsive interventions.  She received her PhD and MS in clinical child psychology from the University of Washington. Dr. Woods-Jaeger completed her clinical psychology internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago and then went on to complete a fellowship in public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Woods-Jaeger's research examines social and structural processes that link the experience of child trauma and adversity to mental and physical health disparities. Her work focuses on partnering with communities to identify ways to prevent adverse childhood experiences and support different systems such as education, juvenile justice, and health care in responding to the needs of trauma-exposed youth. She is currently a Principal Investigator on research projects supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focused on primary and secondary violence prevention and promoting resilience after experiencing trauma and adversity. Dr. Woods-Jaeger is co-chair of ADAA's Multicultural Advances SIG.

Dr. Woods-Jaeger and ADAA

“I became involved in ADAA in 2017 at the suggestion of colleagues who highlighted the balance between research and practice and opportunities for networking and collaboration.  My first year I was immediately struck but just how true these sentiments are and how many opportunities there are to be actively engaged. I enjoy the opportunity to be a part of a thriving network of committed and engaged researchers, clinicians, and advocates.  In particular, ADAA's interest in and commitment to diversity and multicultural issues has provided a wonderful opportunity for me to connect with others across the country committed to this important work. Being an ADAA member benefits my work by connecting me with amazing colleagues and providing a range of training and dissemination opportunities.”