Limited Number of Accepted Presentations: To accommodate the great number of those who wish to present at the conference, ADAA will limit the number for any individual to two accepted oral session presentations (symposia, roundtables, workshops, individual oral) or four poster presentations. (Note: Nonpresenting co-authors do not count toward the individual participation limitation.) Please review the guidelines for session presenters and poster presenters. 
Abstract and Educational Objectives: Every submission must include a session abstract and three educational objectives; these are required for peer review and compliance with sponsor guidelines for CE and CME credits. The educational objectives are statements that clearly describe what an attendee will learn, know, or be able to do as a result of the proposed program. The objectives should focus on the learner and be written with action verbs that describe measurable behaviors.
To write objectives that comply with CE and CME guidelines, only use verbs such as analyze, apply, assess, create, compare, demonstrate, describe, discuss, explain, plan, predict, use, or utilize.
Incomplete/Complete Submissions: An electronic confirmation will be sent when the application is complete. Authors will be contacted if submissions are incomplete or did not follow the submission guidelines, but they will be given an opportunity to complete them prior to the deadline. Incomplete submissions will be rejected immediately. All presenters will receive notification about acceptance by e-mail and are expected to respond to e-mail confirmations by the deadlines specified. It is your responsibility to make sure your browser is set to accept the e-mails.
Please review the online submission process before you begin, and be prepared to upload documents at the time of submission.
All abstracts are peer-reviewed and ranked on the basis of quality, merit, and the criteria listed below. If accepted, presenters may be asked to incorporate changes recommended by reviewers.
Criteria for Review
All presenters, including posters, must register by January 30, 2013, at the appropriate rate.
Presenters are required to include the content of this standard disclosure slide in their visual presentations, even if you have nothing to disclose.
Attendees appreciate receiving copies of slides and other materials about your presentation. ADAA encourages you to consider this and suggests the following options:
As a provider of continuing education credits, ADAA complies with all policies and guidelines from the AACME, American Psychological Association, National Association of Social Workers, and National Board of Certified Counselors. All sessions at the ADAA conference offer CME and CE credit except the New Research Poster Sessions. The AACME has clarified that employees of commercial interests (pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical-device companies) cannot participate as presenters, moderators, abstract authors (whether presenting or not), or in other roles that influence content for a session that is certified for CME credit. Authors employed by commercial interests can submit an abstract for a New Research Poster Session and present it if accepted following peer review.
All presenters must complete conflict of interest and disclosure statements even if you have nothing to disclose.
This activity is being planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Blackwell Futura Media Services and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Blackwell Futura Media Services is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
To qualify the conference for continuing medical education (CME) credit for physicians in attendance, ADAA must comply with policies set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). All presenters and authors (including non-presenting authors of oral submissions) must complete online disclosure and conflict of interest forms. All CME providers are required to implement mechanisms to identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the education activity being delivered to learners. Any presenter who has a commercial interest and is presenting material related to it is considered to have a conflict of interest and is subject to restrictions.
The annual conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is designed to meet the educational needs of member and nonmember clinicians and researchers by providing training, dissemination of evidence-based treatments, and translation of the latest research.
Anxiety disorders and depression are common and disabling. Anxiety disorders comprise a diagnostic category that includes generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder, and phobias. Lifetime prevalence estimates for all anxiety disorders and major depression are 28.8 percent and 16.6 percent, respectively. Mental illnesses account for more than half as many disability days as all physical illnesses, with anxiety and depressive disorders being the major causes of disability. More than 40 million adults have one or more anxiety disorder, and 19 million adults have depression; anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in children.
Research has long documented the high comorbidity between anxiety disorders and depression; the latest data continues to highlight the importance of understanding the overlap between these disorders, not only with respect to their etiology, but also in terms of treatment course. In 50 percent of diagnoses, individuals have comorbid anxiety and depression. Additionally, anxiety and depression are the primary illnesses associated with suicide. To continue leading the field, ADAA has broadened its mission and vision to encompass anxiety and depressive disorders.
The desired results for the conference are that attendees are aware of the latest developments in preclinical and clinical research, are able to translate this knowledge to clinical practice, apply evidence-based research to practice, discuss real-world clinical experiences to influence research, and develop new skills and techniques to improve diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders. It is also expected that researchers and clinicians will discuss how specific diagnoses manifest in the clinic and the reality of implementation of evidence-based and novel treatments in real world settings. Additionally, participants will evaluate and discuss how to use new technologies and social media in research and clinical practice, thus advancing the dissemination and implementation of empirically based and novel treatments.
Attendees are professionals, trainees, residents, and students committed to the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and cure of anxiety disorders, including OCD and PTSD, depression, and stress-related disorders in children and adults. The audience includes physicians, psychologists, social workers, therapists, counselors, nurses, clinical researchers, and basic neuroscientists from the United States and other countries. Attendees include ADAA members and nonmembers. ADAA anticipates attendance of more than one thousand clinicians, researchers, students, tra