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


Read the committee guidelines.

The ADAA Board of Directors has defined these committees:

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.

Mental Health Apps Review

Mark Powers, PhD; Noam Soreni, MD, Co-Chairs
Michael Van Ameringen, MD, Board Liaison

Technology incorporated into mental health treatment in the form of apps can be effective tools that make therapy more accessible, efficient, and portable for those with anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, PTSD, and other related disorders — as well as for those who provide treatment. This committee enlists the help of ADAA members to review apps. See app reviews. 

Professional Education

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

Debra Kissen, PhD; 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.


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

Naomi Simon, MD, MSc, Chair
Douglas Mennin, PhD, Vice Chair

This ADAA Scientific Council (SC) is comprised of mid- and senior-level basic and clinical researchers committed to the organization. The purpose of the SC is to contribute scientific expertise and mentorship, actively grow membership and encourage participation among colleagues, students and fellows, and volunteer to participate in projects that maintain ADAA’s leading edge in research, dissemination, treatment and advocacy.

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

See the current members of the Scientific Council.

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.