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 from the green menu bar at the top of your screen. Have a question about the member platform? Please contact Vickie Spielman, ADAA Associate Director of Membership and Marketing.

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 


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.



2018-2019 Annual Report

The Child and Adolescent SIG continues to have monthly peer video consultations. Recently, we partnered with the OCD SIG and did a successful webinar with Dr. Eli Leibowitz on family accommodations. One of our goals is to continue collaborating with other SIGs to bring more of these types of webinars.  Also, 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.   

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 have been 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 is now on the website. Additionally, a webinar will take place in the next month highlighting our work and discussing creative ways to partner with pediatricians.

In the fall of 2018, the SIG hosted an award competition for students, trainees, and early career clinicians. Applicants were invited to submit a presentation for the annual Child & Adolescent SIG meeting at the 2019 ADAA Annual Conference. Submissions were to reflect the application of evidence-based practices to the assessment and/or treatment of a youth(s) with anxiety and/or depressive disorders. We received very strong submissions and ultimately selected Emily Bilek, PhD (Piloting a self-distancing augmentation to exposure therapy) for our first annual ADAA Child and Adolescent Early Career SIG Award. We plan to continue to host this award each year. 

The SIG will host, during one of our online peer consultations, Child and Adolescent Early Career SIG Award runner up, Emily Becker-Haimes. She will present her Exposure Toolkit. The content of this toolkit is well aligned with ADAA’s mission to make high quality evidence-based practices accessible.  It provides well organized guidance and practical strategies for effective implementation of exposures for anxiety disordered youth.  We anticipate this toolkit will be of interest to early career professionals, provide a useful resource for more experienced yet busy clinicians, and serve as a highly valuable tool for professionals involved in clinical training.

At the 2019 Conference, we will host a Brown Bag Lunch, where our award winner will present her work. We will then ask each table to spend 10-15 minutes to discuss what brings them joy in their work. Finally, new attendees and online consultation members will be acknowledged. We plan to continue recruitment at the SIG evening happy hour by once again wearing our highly sought-after 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 SIG plans to continue collaborating with other SIGs across ADAA, including the OCD and Multicultural Advances SIG. We would like to have a speaker from the Multicultural Advances SIG on our consultation call to discuss clinical issues pertinent to transgender youth, children of immigrants, refugee kids, and other marginalized groups.