Engaging members in our work is an essential element for sustaining and positioning the organization for ongoing success.

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The ADAA Board of Directors has defined these committees:

Click here to download ADAA's Organizational Chart.

If you are interested in learning more about these committees and how you can be involved, please contact Helen Heymann, ADAA Senior Education Program Manager.

Annual Conference Committee 2018

Sanjay J. Mathew, MD, Chair
Carmela Alcántara, Conference Coordinator

Members who have attended at least one ADAA conference and are willing to recruit broadly, organize content, and increase attendance. The time commitment is three to six hours every month, especially August through December, including required monthly one-hour calls. Committee members review submissions, make final selections for high-quality educational content, and organize special sessions. Subcommittees include Practice, Research, Posters, Master Clinicians, Career Development, and Depression.

Learn more about the ADAA 2018 Annual Conference.

CDLP Committee

The Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program (CDLP) is an intensive mentoring and professional development opportunity for early career clinicians and researchers.This interactive learning experience which takes place at the ADAA annual conference, challenges thinking and encourages creative discourse about anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders in a diverse, multidisciplinary community of professionals involved in practice and research. The CDLP program is another step in ADAA's commitment to recognize and promote outstanding talent. Participants are grouped among three tracks: Basic Neuroscience, Clinical Research, and Practice.

  • Paul Holtzheimer, MD, MSCR - Chair/Board Liaison
  • Kimberly Morrow, LCSW  -  Chair Practice 
  • Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD- Chair Basic Neuroscience
  • Ed Craighead, PhD / Chair Clinical Research

Professional Education Committee

  • Elizabeth Dupont Spencer, LCSW-C, Chair
  • Luana Marques, PhD Board Liaison


This committee promotes the investigation and implementation of empirically supported treatments and best practices across disciplines and career levels through the development of a cohesive ADAA professional education plan.

Public Education Committee

  • Debra Kissen, PhD and Neal Sideman, Co-Chairs
  • Karen Cassiday, PhD, Board Liaison

The purpose of the Public Education Committee is to improve and expand public education and outreach about anxiety and mood disorders, OCD, and PTSD through webinars (Self-Help Strategies: Webinars to Calm Anxious Minds), social and other media, and collaborations. Only members in good standing are eligible to serve on this committee.

Membership Committee

  • Brian Schmaus, PhD, Chair

The purpose of this committee is to build and promote ADAA membership, as well as increase retention of current members. The committee strategizes on developing new recruitment materials and outreach plans to promote the value of ADAA membership. Committee members participate in conference activities and cultivate member engagement throughout the year. 

Scientific Council

  • Douglas Mennin, PhD, Chair
  • Martin Paulus, MD, Vice-Chair

ADAA’s SC is comprised of mid- and senior-level basic and clinical researchers committed to the organization. The SC contributes scientific expertise and mentorship, actively grows membership and encourages participation among colleagues, students and fellows, and volunteers to participate in projects that maintain ADAA’s leading edge in research, dissemination, and treatment.

Applicants must be current ADAA members at the rank or equivalent of associate professor or higher. Candidates should be active in ADAA, present at the conference, and participate in review and other committees. Individuals may apply or be nominated to serve a four-year term. To accomplish ADAA’s mission, it is critical that members of the Scientific Council participate and are visible at the conference by presenting and mentoring as well as encouraging colleagues to join and attend the conference, publish in Depression & Anxiety, and respond to queries for expert input on relevant issues about research needs, funding and priorities. 

SC members are expected to meet the following minimum responsibilities and renewal on the Council will be evaluated based on participation:

  • Maintain annual professional membership throughout term
  • Participate in the Scientific Council meeting held at the conference at least twice during four-year term
  • Attend one ADAA Annual Conference at least twice during four-year term
  • Write an annual professional blog post or host one professional webinar 
  • Make an annual gift (of any size) to ADAA by the end of the calendar year
  • Advance ADAA’s scientific mission through active service.  Individuals can meet this annual commitment in several ways (minimum of two):
    • Review research submissions for the Annual Conference (late September)
    • Review poster submissions for the Annual Conference (late November/early December)
    • Serve on the Scientific Research Symposium subcommittee
    • Serve as a mentor for CDLP award winners at the conference
    • Participate in a SC initiatives such as development of scientific content for the ADAA website (i.e. blog posts, trends in clinical practice, response statements for the media)
    • Chair a Standing Committee, Special Interest Group or Conference Sub-Committee

Current Scientific Council Members

Read the ADAA Committee Guidelines.

If you are interested in learning more about these committees and how you can be involved, please contact Helen Heymann, ADAA Senior Education Program Manager.