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Susan Gurley, JD
Executive Director

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Growth, Engagement and Impact

The Board and staff extends a special thank you to our ADAA members ad partners for their contributions and collaboration throughout this past year. Together we have accomplished much in advancing ADAA's public and professional mission and we look forward to a very productive and successful 2018. We invite you to view our 2017 Year in Review summary to see how we have grown our reach and impact.

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Beth Salcedo 2017_0.jpgADAA Welcomes New Board President Beth Salcedo, MD

ADAA is pleased to announce that Beth Salcedo, MD has assumed the role of President of the ADAA Board of Directors (BOD) effective January 1, 2018. Dr. Salcedo will serve a two year term. Dr. Salcedo succeeds Karen L. Cassiday, PhD, who served as ADAA BOD President from 2015-2017. Dr. Cassiday will now serve as Immediate Past Board Chair.  Read more. 

2017 has been a very busy year for ADAA

The San Francisco Annual Conference in April was a very successful highlight. With a record number of attendees (over 1,300) from across the United States and around the world attending more than 170 innovative sessions, listening to engaging keynotes and participating in special symposia, ADAA shone an important spotlight on behavioral medicine and its application to anxiety and depressive disorders. The 2018 Annual Conference will be held in DC this coming April and will focus on treatment-resistant anxiety and depression: challenges and opportunities. We look forward to another engaging 4 days of learning, sharing and connecting. Read ADAA's 2017 Board Year-End Reflections here.


2 minute mind check logo_0.jpgADAA is delighted to be collaborating with NAMI-SF, WeWork and Meru Health on the 2-Minute Mind Check – a San Francisco Bay Area community initiative focused on breaking the stigma around depression. Joining together we can help employees in the San Francisco Bay Area (a region of our country where productivity is prioritized and asking for help is viewed as a failing) determine where they stand on the depression scale and encourage those that are struggling to speak openly about their challenges, seek help and access the many free resources that our organizations provide.  Learn more about this collaboration.


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Estamos emocionados a introducir el inicio de la comunidad de ADAA’s HealthUnlocked en Español! Este anónimo miembro-a-miembro grupo de apoyo para ansiedad y depresión servirá como un espacio seguro y de apoyo para que gente pueda compartir información y experiencias, y para unirse con otra gente sufriendo de ansiedad, depresión, o trastornos relacionados. Suscríbase hoy a la Comunidad HealthUnlocked en Español!


Hope and Grace Fund Grant Awarded to ADAA

ADAA is delighted to announce that we have received a grant from the hope & grace fund, a project of New Venture Fund in partnership with philosophy, inc.” The grant allows ADAA to launch an exciting new initiative “Turning a Laser-Focus on Women’s Issues in the Treatment of Anxiety, Depression and Related Disorders.” 

Through this new project, ADAA will form a Women’s Special Interest Group to design women-focused programming for mental health professionals. It will also develop programming for its 2018 annual conference that focuses on evidence-based gender research and treatment options for women. Finally, ADAA will create women-focused webinars and outreach to educate the public about mental health treatment options for women and to decrease the stigma of mental illness. This project will educate at least 100 clinical researchers and clinicians on female-focused mental health research and treatment trends, while also disseminating educational information about mental health to more than a million women of all ages. Through this initiative, ADAA will reduce the stigma of mental illness, connect women to specialized treatment, and foster dialogue between women’s mental health researchers, clinicians, patients, and the public at large. Interested in learning more about how can become involved in this exciting new project? Please contact Lise Bram.

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ADAA is delighted to announce that we have recently added Spanish language translations of some of our consumer brochures and infographics. ADAA ha lanzado nuevos recursos para personas que hablan el español y profesionales que trabajan con la comunidad latina. I invite you to visit our Recursos en Españoll website page to learn more. If you are an ADAA member and would be interested in hosting a Spanish language webinar, or writing a blog post, please let us know. We are continuing to translate website content, brochures and more and will also be offering a number of Spanish language free consumer webinars in late 2017. 

DA Cover June 2017Cropped_1_1.jpg On behalf of the ADAA board and staff, I would like to thank Dr. Peter Roy-Byrne, ADAA’s Depression and Anxiety Journal’s departing editor-in-chief. Peter has been the Journal’s editor since 2008. Under Peter’s leadership and guidance the Journal has thrived and now ranks 19 of 140 in psychiatry journals with an impact factor of 5.004. ADAA is deeply grateful to Peter for his commitment, vision and stewardship. A special thank you also to Myrna Weissman, deputy editor, for her many years of dedication to the Journal. ADAA would also like to recognize ADAA member Murray B. Stein, MD, MPH who will take over as the Journal’s editor-in-chief as of July 1, 2017. We wish him all the best in his new role.

Meet ADAA's New Honorary Board Member - Michael Gleason

Michael Gleason Board Member_0_1.jpgMichael Gleason is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Consumer Brands, LLC, an innovative technology and online media company based in Southern California. The company’s subsidiary, Healthcare Brands, LLC, is the publisher of a network of healthcare websites including

Read more about Michael.

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ADAA is delighted announce a new partnership with Anxiety UK. Anxiety UK is a national registered charity formed in 1970 by someone living with agoraphobia for those affected by anxiety disorders. They are a user lead organization run by people with the experience of living with anxiety or anxiety-based depression, supported by a high-profile medical advisory panel.

Anxiety UK works to relieve and support those living with anxiety and anxiety-based depression by providing information, support and understanding via an extensive range of services, including 1:1 therapy. 

ADAA believes that by working together, both Anxiety UK and ADAA have the potential to achieve far more than we could alone as partnership enhances the common mission of both organizations to help individuals and their families who are affected by anxiety and depression, as well as support the professionals who provide direct services. Through this association both organizations will benefit from an open channel of communication, sharing experiences and knowledge of best practice, while opening new avenues of mutual possibility.  Read more

Thrive at NIMH 2017 2_0.jpgADAA Pedestal Foods Partnership - Project Thrive

Under the leadership of President Karen Cassiday, ADAA has created an evidence-based protocol for Pedestal Foods to train their staff and create experiences in the dining areas that promote student mental wellness. This initiative — Project Thrive — rooted in positive psychology, will help create moments of joy for students and offer resources for those in need of support. Project Thrive is being piloted at a high school in Nashville, Tennessee.  Read more.

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There are countless organizations that serve as a professional home for mental health researchers and practitioners. So what makes ADAA unique? In addition to our focus on anxiety disorders and depression, ADAA also provides free resources and education to tens of thousands of people worldwide who struggle with these disorders.
ADAA members vary widely in experience level, from students to MDs and PhDs. For those still honing their skills, whether undergraduate students, graduate students, clinical trainees, or postdoctoral fellows/residents, ADAA provides ample opportunity to network with colleagues and even find a mentor. For the more experienced clinicians and researchers, ADAA offers a variety of resources to help keep abreast of the latest and most cutting edge research in the mental health field. Read more.