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ADAA's professional members play a key role in providing resources and treatment and research information (through ADAA's website, e-newsletters, and social media platforms) to those struggling with anxiety, depression and related disorders. ADAA highlights its members in our Insights bi-weekly newsletter as well as our monthly consumer-focused e-newsletter, Triumph. Learn more about the work our members do, how they came to ADAA, and what they value most about being a part of the ADAA community.

Nina Rifkind, LCSW, ACS, ACT

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.

Nina Rifkind is the owner of Wellspring Counseling, LLC located in Denville, New Jersey, specializing in evidence-based treatment of OCD and Anxiety Disorders in children, adolescents, and adults.

Julia Martin Burch, PhD

“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.”

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.

Brian Schmaus, PhD

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.” 

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. 

Gordon Asmundson PhD R.D. Psych FRSC

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. 

Holly Scott, MBA, MS, LPC

Holly Scott headshot_0.jpegI 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.

Ken Goodman, LCSW

ADAA_Ken-Goodman-websize-1.jpgPrior 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.  Although my practice in Los Angeles was focused on treating anxiety disorders and OCD, I did not know other therapists who shared the same specialty.  Attending my first ADAA conference in 2013 changed that. The presentations from other experts filled the gaps in my knowledge and I met Kimberly Morrow, another LCSW. I joined her Membership Committee and we gave a presentation together two years later at the conference in Miami. Since then I have given talks at three other conferences, ran the Dine Around program for new conference attendees, and met many wonderful people who I now consider friends. The articles I wrote and the webinar I did for the ADAA website have not only reached thousands of people, they have generated several patients for my private practice. I recently completed writing Break Free from Anxiety and I am working on my next book. As member of ADAA's Public Education Committee, I plan on hosting upcoming webinars and writing more blogs for the ADAA website.  

Mary Alvord, PhD

Mary Alvord_0.jpgAlthough 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!

Rachel Aredia, LCPC, NCC

headshot-rachel-aredia-1000px_0.jpg"I joined the ADAA earlier this year when Dr. Kissen recommended it to me as I was starting out in full time private practice. After looking at the resources available and networking opportunities, I decided to join. The ADAA is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to anxiety, depression and other related topics and I felt that this would help support me in enhancing my knowledge base for my clients. I also loved that they provided webinars and CEU’s at a reasonable cost for professionals as well as providing webinars to the public. One of my missions in the mental health community is to help break the stigma that surrounds mental health diagnosis and getting treated for them in the public, whether it be talk therapy and medication therapy or one or the other. I felt that given the ADAA provides webinars and resources to the public aligns with that mission. I am also so grateful for the opportunities the ADAA has given me in publishing one of my blogs. The community is so supportive and encouraging. I am very much looking forward to the opportunities, future CEU’s, and conferences the ADAA provides.”

Michelle Lozano, AMFT

Michelle Lozano Headshot_0.jpg "I became involved with ADAA right around this time last year. I chose membership with ADAA because of how thorough and expansive the information and resources they share are. If you are looking for something related to anxiety and depression, you'll find it with ADAA. I joined the Public Education Committee only a month or two ago. Disseminating digestible, important mental health information is one of the main reasons I entered this field, so I try and partake in as many of these opportunities as I can balance. ADAA makes this easy, and I'm grateful to have this experience. I've enjoyed working with Tonic on the Coping newsletter the most, though its early in my membership so I'm excited to see what's next.  It's also a cool feeling to have my friends and family know what it is I do, since therapists don't always have this luxury due to confidentiality. I'm especially excited for my first ADAA national conference in March."  

Kevin Chapman, PhD


"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." 

Douglas Mennin, PhD, Scientific Council Chair 

Doug Mennin_0.jpg"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." 

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

Martin Paulus, PhD, Scientific Council Co-Chair 

Martin-Paulus_0.jpg"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." 

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.

Jessica Maples-Keller, PhD

Jessica_Maples-Keller.pngI 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! 

Congratulations to Dr. Maples-Keller — the 2017 Donald F. Klein Early Career Investigator Award recipient! 

R. Nicholas Carleton, Ph.D., R.D. Psych

Cropped_Nick_Website_2017_nick_pic_0.pngI 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. 

Noah B. Clayman, LCSW-R, ACT 

Noah Clyman_0.jpgI 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.

Neal Sideman, Public Education Committee Co-Chair

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,, 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. 

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! 

Debra-Kissen_headshot_0 (1)_0.jpgDebra Kissen, PhD, MHSA, Public Education Committee Co-Chair

Dr. Kissen is the Clinical Director of the Light On Anxiety 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 and is an active contributor to the Huffington Post and shares information on empirically supported treatment for anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Kissen has completed advanced training in CBT for Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), including skin picking, hair pulling and nail biting. Dr. Kissen also has a special interest in the principles of mindfulness and their application for anxiety disorders. 

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. 

Karen Martinez, MD, MSc

Karen.jpgKaren 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, Dr. Martinez 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. Dr. Martinez 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 co-chair of the Multicultural Special Interest Group. 

Jessica Graham-LoPresi, PhD

Graham.jpgJessica Graham-LoPresti, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Salem State University. 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 in Boston, MA. Graham-LoPresti received and American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship during her predoctoral training and completed her predoctoral internship training at the VA Boston Healthcare System in Boston, MA. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the National Center for PTSD, Women's Health Sciences Division in Boston, MA. Dr. Graham-LoPresti's clinical and research interests include barriers to care underserved and marginalized populations as well as the impact of racism on stress and anxiety for individuals of color. Dr. Graham-LoPresti serves as the co-chair for the multicultural special interest group through the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. 

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