The Women’s Mental Health SIG launched in December 2017.

The Women’s Mental Health SIG 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 Women’s Mental Health SIG Conference Program meeting (April 2018) will feature a panel discussion on addressing culture and treatment with women of diverse cultural backgrounds.

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

If you're interested in joining, please contact Helen Heymann, ADAA Senior Education Program Manager for more information. 

SIG Co-Chairs

  • Karen Cassiday, PhD
  • Beth Salcedo, MD