The focus of the Public Education Committee is to improve and expand public education and outreach about anxiety, depression and co-occurring disorders through website content, webinars, blog posts, social media outreach and other collaborative educational projects. Currently, more than 35 million people visit the ADAA website annually to access free resources and support.

This year the committee, in collaboration with the Child and Adolescent SIG, has created two helpful outreach tools to address a need often voiced by ADAA clinical members: How can we inform parents and pediatricians about child anxiety? We are always looking for new and innovative ways to disseminate high quality information to mental health consumers.  Our committee values fresh ideas and trying out new communication strategies. 


  • Debra Kissen, PhD, MHSA, Light on Anxiety Treatment Center of Chicago 
  • Neal Sideman,  

Board Liaison

  • Karen Cassiday, PhD, The Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago 

Committee Members

  • Dominique Apollon, M.Ed, Light on Anxiety CBT Treatment Center
  • Rachel Aredia, LCPC NCC, Light on Anxiety CBT Treatment Center
  • Richa Bhatia, MD, Harvard Medical School 
  • Jackie Bullis, PhD, McLean Hospital
  • Suma Chand, MPhil, PhD, Saint Louis University  
  • Ken Goodman, LCSW, Anxiety Treatment of the Valley 
  • Aarti Gupta, PhD, TherapyNest
  • Sarah Knapp, MA, University of California, San Diego 
  • Elie Lebowitz, PhD
  • Michelle Lozano, AMFT, Light On Anxiety CBT Treatment Center 
  • Karen Martinez, MSc, MD, University of Puerto Rico 
  • Kathariya Mokrue, PhD, York College - CUNY
  • Sarah Peterman, LCSW, Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Washington
  • Catherine Pittman, PhD, Saint Mary's College 
  • Amy Przeworski, PhD, Case Western Reserve University  
  • Lynne Siqueland, PhD, Children's and Adult Center for OCD & Anxiety 
  • Andrea Umbach, PsyD, Southeast Psych 
  • Melanie VanDyke, PhD, St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Jenny Yip, PsyD, Renewed Freedom Center for Rapid Anxiety Relief  
  • Michael Ziffra, MD, Northwestern University 

Read the ADAA Committee Guidelines.

If you are interested in learning more about this committee and how you can be involved, please contact Lise Bram, ADAA Deputy Executive Director.