The Early Career Professionals and Students SIG unites students and early career professionals interested in the clinical treatment and research of anxiety and depression. The group develops ADAA conference activities organized around topics specifically relevant to students and early career professionals, and offers an initial avenue for students and early career professionals to become more involved in ADAA by encouraging new and continuing ADAA membership.

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:

  • Ashley Clausen, PhD - Duke University/Durham VAMC - Co-Chair
  • Krystal Lewis, PhD - National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Mental Health - Co-Chair

SIG Vice Chairs:

  • Alex Bettis, PhD
  • Amanda W. Baker, PhD
  • Chair Emeritus: Stephanie Woodrow, LCPC, NCC

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

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  • Currently organizing a brief interview series with four senior professionals spanning academia, industry, and clinical career paths. Interviews are designed to provide information to early career professionals regarding the variety of career paths available to mental health professionals. Secondly, these interviews are designed to show early career professionals the flexibility and diversity of the mental health field.
  • Planning the 2020 Early Career Professionals and Students Luncheon with the IGNITE format and theme of “Resiliency as Early Career Professionals”.
  • Planning a networking meeting up for all Early Career SIG members at the 2020 Annual ADAA Conference. In addition to our annual conference lunch, we wanted to provide a more informal outlet for SIG members to network, learn more about the SIG, as well as learn more about ADAA.
  • Continued to connect early career professionals with open post-doctoral and staff positions advertised by ADAA members. 
  • Developing a marketing plan for Early Career Professionals and Students who are not current members of ADAA to provide them with knowledge and engage them with ADAA using SocialLink, word-of-mouth and advertising for upcoming events (e.g., brief interview series).

Plans for the Future:


  • Planning to recruit new co-vice chairs for the 2021 conference.
  • Work closely with the membership committee to examine the interest of ADAA members to provide and engage in mentorship. 
  • Collaborate with other ADAA SIGs to promote cross-SIG networking including seminars targeting early career professionals hosted by other SIG groups such as the Child and Adolescent SIG or Neuroscience and Genetics SIG.