About the Women's Mental Health SIG

The Women’s Mental Health SIG was launched in December 2017 and creates a place for clinicians and researchers to discuss, debate, and address issues relevant to the understanding and treatment of women suffering from anxiety and depression and related disorders. The SIG develops specific education presentations at the ADAA annual conference, such as workshops, roundtables, and poster sessions to increase the understanding and overall awareness of how the treatment of women suffering from anxiety and depression may be different than others in the population. The SIG will also create a series of women-focused webinars and blog posts. In addition, the SIG will help educate the public about mental health treatment options for women to help decrease the stigma of mental illness.

This new SIG allows ADAA to focus on women’s mental health issues through Conference sessions and ongoing professional education webinars throughout the year. The webinars will be accompanied by blog posts for the professional and public communities.

The SIG will also encourage young researchers to become involved in evidence-based gender research and treatment options for women. 

The Women’s Mental Health SIG Conference Program met at the #ADAA2018 Conference and held a panel discussion on addressing culture and treatment with women of diverse cultural backgrounds. 

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 Astrid Masfar. 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

  • Karen Cassiday, PhD, The Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago
  • Beth Salcedo, MD, The Ross Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

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

Women's Mental Health Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting Summary

The Women’s Mental Health SIG meeting was held at the #ADAA2018 Conference in Washington, D.C. at 12:00 PM on Saturday, April 7th. The Women's Mental Health SIG featured a panel discussion on anxiety in Latinos, anxiety in African-American women, and LGBTQ+ women followed by an update on the Hope & Grace project and a discussion on how to further define the scope of the Women’s Mental Health SIG.

Current Projects: 

  • Enhance the girls and women’s resources on the ADAA website 
  • Launched our brand new bi-monthly women-focused e-newsletter, She Triumphs, which highlights women-focused blog posts, webinars, personal stories from girls/women and other helpful mental health resources
  • Held 4 women-focused conference sessions on postpartum anxiety, depression and OCD as well as a symposium that discussed the need for culturally relevant treatments for Black adolescent girls.

Plans for the Future

  • Organize video conference calls with all SIG members 
  • Host an open-forum discussion about how to further improve girls and women’s mental health
  • Increase consumer and professional webinars and blog posts on women-focused topics such as: 
    • Perimenopause-related Depression
    • Caregiving and Depression
    • Postpartum Anxiety and Depression 
    • Anxiety and Depression in Older Women