The Multicultural Advances SIG encourages collaboration, communication, education, research, mentoring, and networking focused on multicultural issues within anxiety, depression, and related disorders. This SIG aims to facilitate increased attention on topics and issues concerning diversity and multiculturalism within ADAA and in the field in general, and encourages discussion, collaboration, and research among researchers, clinicians, and stakeholders interested in meeting the mental health needs of diverse underserved communities.

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ADAA has also launched a Spanish-language online peer-to-peer support community as part of our ongoing efforts to provide enhanced resources for our Hispanic community.  

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 or contact Kesha Patel. 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:

  • Jessica Rose Graham, PhD, Salem State University 
  • Karen G. Martinez, MD, MSC, University of Puerto Rico 

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

2017-2018 Annual Report


  • SIG Champion award established and awarded
    • 2015 awarded to Alies Muskin
    • 2016 awarded to Liz Roemer
    • 2017 awarded to Sarah Hayes and Carmela Alcantara 
  • Community Social Hour was now part of an all SIG Social Hour at Annual Meeting 
  • Total Presentation of Multicultural Theme Topics at 2017 Conference
    • 1 Master Clinician Topics
    •  4 symposiums 
    • 1 roundtable 
    • 17 posters 
    • We coordinated a roundtable on the impact of discrimination, hate crimes and bigotry in clinical contexts which was highly praised by attendees in the Annual Meeting evaluations
    • We hosted the first SIG drop-in hour where members could discuss multicultural issues in their clinical work or research 
  • We have been using the ADAA online community to communicate with SIG members 
  • We completed multiple conference calls and email communication to coordinate 2018 Annual Meeting submissions 
  • We have collaborated with the Public Education Committee and the consumer online community to increase access to Spanish resources
    • Co-chair Karen G. Martínez hosted a Spanish webinar on how to access mental health services 
  • Coordinated a professional webinar on working with immigrant populations with SIG member Heidy Montoya

Plans for the future

  • More member involvement/more senior faculty/member involvement
  • Continue collaborating with
  • Coordinate at least one professional webinar on multicultural/diversity issues
  • Coordinate at least one public education webinar on multicultural/diversity issues