ADAA is the only multidisciplinary professional organization in mental health that engages the world’s leading experts who focus on anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders. ADAA strives to improve patient care by promoting implementation of evidence-based treatments and best practices across disciplines through trainings, continuing education and accelerating dissemination of research into practice. ADAA promotes scientific innovation and engages a diverse network of basic and clinical anxiety and depression researchers with diverse backgrounds in medicine, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing, neuroscience, genetics, epidemiology, and other disciplines to advance science and new treatments and to one day prevent and cure these disorders.
ADAA is pleased to announce the launch of its new online member-only community portal. This portal replaces our standard listserv and features a platform for announcements, discussions and more. Within this community there are sub-communities for Special Interest Groups, ADAA Conference news and a Job Opportunity page. To login, go to https://community.adaa.org/#/home and use your ADAA Membership email and login password.
You can now download the ADAA Community app for Androids or iPhones. Visit the app store and search for ADAA Community.
Guidelines and general instructions are posted in the community. If you do not know your password, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to connecting and collaborating!
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. Read more.
Meet Noah B. Clyman, LCSW-R, ACT
Director: NYC Cognitive Therapy
ADAA Member Since 2014
I 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 apart 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, 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.
Meet Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton, Phd., R.D. Psych.
Department of Psychology, University of Regina
ADAA Member Since 2004
I 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, FL, 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.
Meet Jennifer Maples-Keller, PhD, Atlanta, Georgia
ADAA Member Since 2015
I attended by 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!
Meet Shirley Babior, LCSW, LMFT, MSW - San Diego, CA
ADAA Member Since 1984
"I joined ADAA when it was known as The Phobia Society of America. From that first meeting where I became a Regional Governor, I knew that I had found a home where therapists and those seeking help with anxiety disorders would be able to learn from each other. From the beginning, I hoped that researchers would also become involved, but I never imagined the current amount of participation! Although I had been traditionally trained, I began to read and utilize CBT in my practice as an effective, evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders. At the same time, ADAA, as the organization became known, through their Journal, conference, and website, has offered me a chance to keep up with the latest research and clinical innovations in the field.
ADAA’s mission of offering an inter-disciplinary home to researchers, clinicians and those seeking help for anxiety and related disorders and depression continues to expand. Their webinars and peer support groups always enrich my practice interventions. People who seek treatment are so much better informed about their mental health issues than in the past, which is very encouraging."
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