The focus of the Public Education Committee is to improve and expand public education and outreach about anxiety, depression and co-occurring disorders through webinars, blog posts, social media outreach and other collaborative educational projects. 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
  • Neal Sideman

Board Liaison

  • Karen Cassiday, PhD

Committee Members

  • Dominique Apollon, M.Ed
  • Richa Bhatia, MD
  • Jackie Bullis, PhD
  • Suma Chand, MPhil, PhD 
  • Ken Goodman, LCSW
  • Aarti Gupta, PhD
  • Sarah Knapp, MA
  • Michelle Lozano, AMFT 
  • Karen Martinez, MSc, MD 
  • Kathariya Mokrue, PhD 
  • Catherine Pittman, PhD 
  • Amy Przeworski, PhD 
  • Lynne Siqueland, PhD
  • Andrea Umbach, PsyD 
  • Melanie VanDyke, PhD 
  • Jenny Yip, PsyD 
  • Michael Ziffra, MD

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.