Awards Program

Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program

Established in 2014, the Career Development Leadership Program is an intensive mentoring and professional development opportunity for early career clinicians and researchers.

An interactive learning experience, the program challenges thinking and encourages creative discourse about anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, and depression in a diverse, multidisciplinary community of professionals involved in practice and research. This highly participatory program features outstanding leaders in the field, who will initiate stimulating discussions that shape new ideas and ways of thinking about the future.

Recognizing Research

A critical part of the ADAA mission is to support research in the areas of anxiety, stress, and related disorders. Open to graduate students and early career professionals, the Career Development Travel Awards and the Donald F. Klein Early Career Investigator Award further that goal.

Travel Awards

Awards are given to help early career professionals with a research interest in anxiety  disorders and depression such as basic and clinical neurobiology and psychopharmacology, clinical psychology, genetics, neuroimaging, epidemiology, and public health, as well as other areas.

  • We are pleased to announce a partnership between ADAA and the Andrew Kukes Foundation for Social Anxiety to support early career professionals. AKFSA will sponsor two Career Development Travel Awards focusing on social anxiety disorder.

Learn more details, including how to apply.

Donald F. Klein Early Career Investigator Award

This award is given to an early career investigator for the best original research paper on neurobiology, psychopharmacology, psychosocial treatments, or experimental psychopathology of anxiety disorders and depression.

Learn more details, including how to apply.

New Research Poster Award Winners

Award recipients

Recognizing Training

Clinician Trainee Award

This award offers an interactive learning experience to post-degree clinician trainees who have excelled in their performance in a clinical training setting. ADAA will give up to four awards, providing trainees the opportunity to attend the annual conference, meet with a senior clinician mentor there, and become involved with the organization.

Learn more details, including how to apply.

Recognizing ADAA Members

The ADAA Awards Program expanded in 2011 to recognize member participation and commitment to the association and to the community through Member Recognition Awards: ADAA Member of Distinction and Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate Award, and the Clinician Outreach Award.

ADAA Member of Distinction Award

This award recognizes a mid-career clinician or researcher who advances the mission of ADAA through significant service and commitment to the organization and its membership.

The recipient will be recognized and photographed at the Opening Session of the annual conference and be presented with a plaque.
In addition, the recipient will be invited for the following:

  • Interview or podcast for the ADAA website about the value of ADAA membership
  • Participate on next year’s award-selection committee  

Eligibility Criteria

  • ADAA member for 10 years or more
  • Record of service through participation in the organization's committees, task forces or boards, mentoring, special initiatives, or involvement in the annual conference.

Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate Award

To honor the memory and lifework of Jerilyn Ross, cofounder of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and president from 1985 to 2010, this award will acknowledge a professional who exemplifies excellence and outstanding advocacy for patient education and care, training, and research.

The recipient will be recognized and photographed at the Opening Session of the annual conference and receive complimentary registration, travel, and hotel accommodations for two nights at the annual conference.
In addition, the recipient will be invited for the following:

  • Record a podcast for the ADAA website about the importance of advocacy and the role of clinician advocates in improving care and ending stigma
  • Participate on next year’s award-selection committee  

Eligibility Criteria 

  • ADAA member
  • Mental health professional from any clinical discipline
  • Demonstrated track record of advocacy on behalf of those suffering from anxiety disorders
  • Proven highest standards of empirically supported care or clinical innovation
  • Must attend the ADAA Annual Conference

Clinician Outreach Award

This award acknowledged clinician members of ADAA who fulfilled the public education and outreach mission of the association. It recognized a clinician or groups of clinicians who informed the general public or served those suffering from a specific anxiety disorder.

Activities must be novel, innovative, or related to expanding the delivery of information or clinical services. Examples of a project, service, or innovation include opening the first program in a region without mental health services for anxiety disorders; volunteering to help combat veterans overcome PTSD; conducting free mental health screenings for anxious children at a local shelter.