The Child and Adolescent SIG creates a place for clinicians and researchers to discuss, debate, and address issues relevant to the understanding and treatment of childhood anxiety and mood disorders. The group promotes networking between clinicians and researchers and helps combat isolation for therapists in private practice. The SIG offers opportunities for learning and connection between the annual conferences through online communication and continuing education.  

If you’re interested in joining this SIG, please login to your member account and choose Groups under My Membership on the right hand navigation. Have a question about the member platform? Please contact Lisa Patterson, ADAA Membership Director. 

Please view the ADAA SIG Guidelines for responsibilities and expectations. 

SIG Co-Chairs

  • Krystal Lewis, PhD, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Ruth Lippin, LCSW, JD, Alighieri Care Management 

SIG Vice-Chairs

  • Liza Bonin, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine 
  • Julia Burch, PhD, McLean Hospital 

Board Liaison: 
Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP, Emory University School of Medicine 

Just Announced!

Emily Bilek_0.jpgCongratulations Emily Bilek, PhD, winner of the Child and Adolescent SIG Student/Early Career Award! Emily will present her work on “Piloting a Self-distancing Augmentation to Exposure Therapy” at the Child and Adolescent SIG meeting on Friday, March 29, at the 2019 ADAA Conference in Chicago, IL.! We hope to see you there.


2017-2018 Annual Report

  1. The Child and Adolescent SIG continues to have monthly peer video consultations, which have variable attendance and often attract new members. We are exploring the possibility of having topic focused consultations following a professional development webinar to discuss the clinical relevance for providers. An important goal for our SIG is to bridge the gap between research and practice and ensure that we are highlighting the relevance and applicability of current research. Although our SIG is largely private practice clinicians, we want to maintain a balance between clinical and research priorities. 
  2. The SIG continues to collaborate with members of the Public Education Committee to focus on the pediatrician outreach project. The project addresses the fact that anxious children often have somatic symptoms resulting in visits to the pediatrician. Resources for identification and dissemination are being created to share with pediatricians for use in their offices and practices. A brochure that pediatricians can display with an ADAA logo as well as a PowerPoint presentation that ADAA members can use to educate pediatricians will be shown at the annual conference.
  3. In the Fall 2017, the SIG sent out a survey to its members to determine how else we could meet the needs of our SIG membership. We gathered professional demographic information on our members, including years in the field and job title and location (academic, private practice, etc.), as well as information on barriers to consultation involvement and additional programming they would like to see incorporated by the SIG. 
  4. At the 2018 Conference, we will host a Brown Bag Lunch, where we will review the survey results and discuss ideas for future projects. Additionally, we will share clinical pearls of wisdom with the group. We plan to continue recruitment at the SIG evening happy hour by wearing our SIG t-shirts which have a courageous image on the front and the words “Ask us how you can join the ADAA Child and Adolescent SIG!” on the back. The leadership will also make themselves available for a “dine-a-round” dinner for all attendees interested in our SIG.   

At the 2017 Conference, the SIG hosted a Brown Bag Lunch with the theme metaphors and activities to help children fight their fears. The SIG also participated in the Friday evening all-SIGs reception. The SIG made special t-shirts with a fight fear/be courageous image on the front and the words, “Ask us how you can join the ADAA Child and Adolescent SIG!”ChildAdolescentSIG2017Tshirt_0.jpg