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 38 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

  • Ken Goodman, LCSW,  Private Practice, Los Angeles, CA 

Committee Members

  • Dominique Apollon, M.Ed, Holistic Psychotherapy Services, Chicago
  • Rachel Aredia, LCPC NCC, Light on Anxiety CBT Treatment Center
  • Richa Bhatia, MD, Harvard Medical School 
  • Sarah Bloch-Elkouby, PhD, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital
  • Jackie Bullis, PhD, McLean Hospital
  • Suma Chand, MPhil, PhD, Saint Louis University  
  • Ken Goodman, LCSW, Anxiety Treatment of the Valley, ADAA Board Member
  • Paul Greene, PhD, Manhattan Center for CBT
  • Aarti Gupta, PhD, TherapyNest
  • Mbemba Jabbi, University of Texas at Austin
  • Eli Lebowitz, PhD, Yale University Child Study Center
  • Michelle Lozano, MFT
  • Karen Martinez, MSc, MD, University of Puerto Rico 
  • Kathariya Mokrue, PhD, York College - CUNY
  • Sarah Peterman, MSW, LCSW, Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago
  • Catherine Pittman, PhD, Saint Mary's College   
  • 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.