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 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 Chair:

  • Stephanie Woodrow, LGPC, NCC, The Maryland Anxiety Center 

SIG Vice-Chairs:

  • Ashley Clausen, MA, Duke University
  • Krystal Lewis, PhD

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

2017-2018 Annual Report


  • Created a series of three blog posts related to crafting a great job application.

  • Planned an Early Career round table "Demystifying the Process of Applying for Postdoctoral Fellowships" for the 2018 conference.

  • In the process of planning the 2018 Early Career Conference Luncheon: developed topic/theme for this year's IGNITE format ("Transforming Early Career Challenges into Opportunities"), recruiting speakers for luncheon, developing "ice breaker" table questions to facilitate small group discussion during the luncheon, and recruiting table hosts with assistance from Helen Heymann

  • In the process of executing the 2018 Early Career Buddy Program: we will identify new conference attendees and returning attendees; solicit interest in buddy program; match interested conference attendees; encourage them to meet up and provide a list of potential SIG and conference related activities that would be ideal meeting settings.

Plans for the Future:

  • Webinar for Spring 2018 with the theme "The Importance of Specializing, and how to do so."

  • Planning to recruit new co-vice chairs for the 2019 conference

  • Create additional blog posts relevant to early career members