2015SIGMeeting.jpgSpecial interest groups (SIGs) serve as a vibrant forum for ADAA members with a common interest, such as a particular disorder, treatment, or population. The goal is to encourage collaboration, communication, education, research, mentoring, and networking focused on anxiety and mood disorders, OCD, and PTSD. 

Please contact the SIG chairs below for additional information. 

If you're interested in joining, please contact Helen Heymann, ADAA Senior Education Program Manager for more information. 


SIGs meet virtually and in person at the annual conference. SIG members are encouraged to propose conference symposia and workshops, topics for public or professional education webinars, or web content.

Peer Consultations

Many SIGs hold monthly online peer consultation groups. The goal is to provide a safe and confidential forum for SIG members to discuss cases, collaborate, and share resources. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from your colleagues and build an online community of like-minded therapists.

Peer consultation is a member benefit offered at no cost.


SIGs are ADAA committees and are expected to act in support of the organization’s mission and follow the committee guidelines. SIGs may not act as spokespersons for the organization. SIG members and officers must be ADAA members in good standing; failure to renew membership will result in immediate removal from group activities and office.


  • Provide a description of the group’s purpose and scope of activities to be approved by the Board of Directors before any business is conducted.
  • Elect a chair and vice chair to serve one year renewable terms.
  • Meet and update a plan of action annually.
  • Recruit members and maintain a core network of 15 members.
  • Accept as members any ADAA member (professional or student category) who is interested in the topic.
  • Elect up to two co-chairs and two co-vice chairs.
  • Produce an annual summary of action, activities, and active members in February for Board of Directors to review.