Special Interest Groups

Special interest groups (SIGs) provide a forum within ADAA for the involvement of members with a common interest in a particular disorder, treatment, or research. The goal is to encourage collaboration, communication, education, research, mentoring, and networking focused on anxiety, depression, and related disorders. 

Special Interest Groups

  • Child and Adolescent Anxiety — siqueland [at] pobox [dot] com (Lynn Siqueland, PhD,) chair
  • Early Career Professionals and Students — aupperler [at] umkc [dot] edu (Robin Aupperle, PhD; )alison [dot] menatti [at] gmail [dot] com (Alison Menatti, MS;) and jacqueline [dot] a [dot] clauss [at] vanderbilt [dot] edu (Jacqueline Clauss)
  • Genetics and Neuroscience — jhettema [at] vcu [dot] edu (John Hettema, MD, PhD, )and kressle [at] emory [dot] edu (Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD, )co-chairs
  • Multicultural —ca2543 [at] columbia [dot] edu ( Carmela Alcantara, PhD,) and sarah [dot] hayes [at] umb [dot] edu (Sarah Hayes-Skelton, PhD,) co-chairs
  • PTSD — sherauch [at] med [dot] umich [dot] edu (Sheila Rauch, PhD,) chair
  • Technology — michelle [dot] nicole [dot] burns [at] gmail [dot] com (Michelle Nicole Burns, PhD,) and heideklumpp [at] yahoo [dot] com (Heide Klumpp, PhD,) co-chairs

ADAA encourages SIGs to meet virtually and in person at the annual conference. SIGs are encouraged to propose symposia and workshops for the conference and consider activities that may be completed in addition to the conference, e.g. a video on anxiety disorders presented to social work education programs, online webinar for public or professional education, or web content.

SIGs are ADAA committees and are expected to act in support of the organization’s mission and follow the committee guidelines. SIGs may not act as spokespersons for the organization. SIG members and officers must be ADAA members in good standing;  failure to renew membership will result in immediate removal from group activities and office.

Expectations of SIGs

  • Provide a description of the group’s purpose and scope of activities to be approved by the Board of Directors before any business is conducted.
  • Elect a chair and vice chair to serve one year renewable terms.
  • Meet and update a plan of action annually.
  • Recruit members and maintain a core network of 15 members.
  • Accept as members any professional or student member of ADAA who is interested in the topic.
  • Elect a chair and co-chair, each to serve a one-year term.
  • Produce an annual summary of action, activities, and active members in February for Board of Directors to review.

Financial Support
General support: ADAA will provide support for SIG activities such as maintenance of listservs, e-communications and surveys sent via ADAA’s current vendors, and publicity of meetings at the annual conference.

Innovation grants: ADAA will sponsor up to four competitive grants to support innovative projects.

Examples include programs that bring experts from affiliated fields who would not otherwise participate with ADAA; unique collaborations engaging researchers and clinicians on a specific topic; develop a product for ADAA, such as a webinar or downloadable application for public education. Find out more.

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