Recipients of the Jerilyn Ross 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 acknowledges a professional who exemplifies excellence and outstanding advocacy for patient education and care, training, and research.


Reid Wilson, PhD

Reid Wilson, PhD
Director, Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Reid Wilson's commitment to ADAA is exemplary. A member since the early 1980s, Dr. Wilson worked closely with Jerilyn Ross. He served on the Board of Directors for 12 years, and was chair of the annual meeting several times.

He works tirelessly to promote treatment for anxiety disorders. His website,, has been visited by millions. He is the author of several books, including Stop Obsessing, with Edna Foa, and most recently Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents, with Lynn Lyons. His book Facing Panic, read by thousands, was donated to ADAA to sell to help support the organization’s patient-education efforts. Dr. Wilson travels around the world training clinicians to provide effective evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders. His work has improved many lives, and it honors the legacy of Jerilyn Ross.


Sally Winston, PsyD
Anxiety & Stress Disorders Institute of Maryland

An early practitioner of integrative cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders, Dr. Winston has worked tirelessly in the interest of disseminating this approach for treating anxiety and related disorders. Her involvement in ADAA dates to 1981, and she was among the earliest clinicians to adopt evidence-informed care for anxiety and stress disorders. She provides clinical services, teaches and supervises other clinicians, and advocates on behalf of patients with debilitating anxiety disorders.

A tireless clinician, Dr. Winston takes on tasks and responsibilities on behalf of ADAA and for the greater good of all.