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.

2017

Richard Heimberg_0.jpgRichard Heimberg, PhD
Temple University

Richard G. Heimberg received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1977. He is the Thaddeus L. Bolton Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple University. Dr. Heimberg is well known for his efforts to develop cognitive-behavioral treatments for social anxiety disorder and examine their efficacy in comparison to (or in combination with) medication treatments. He and his colleagues have also conducted research on the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. Most recently, Dr. Heimberg and colleagues at the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry have been working on a program for the treatment of patients with anxiety about going to the dentist. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Dr. Heimberg has published 11 books and more than 400 articles and chapters on social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, dental anxiety, and related topics. He was recently listed among the top 1% of cited authors in his field according to Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators, a statistical compilation of publications and citations.

2016

terry keane.jpgTerence M. Keane, PhD
VA Boston Healthcare System, National Center for PTSD

As the Director of the Behavioral Science Division, National Center for PTSD, Terence M. Keane, PhD, has worked quietly behind the scenes to develop a world-class delivery network to our nation’s veterans. Using innovative, creative, and practical solutions, Terry has improved access to care, reduced stigma, and advocated on behalf of veterans. He has been the author and inspiration for much of the science, intervention, and administration that has led to many developments in the care that veterans receive for PTSD and related problems. Thanks to his wisdom, persistence and good humor, he has inspired and trained countless clinicians, scientists, and administrators during challenging times brought on by war, terrorism, and political changes. He served for many years on the ADAA Board, including as president, and he currently leads our distinguished Senior Leadership Council composed of luminaries in the field.

2015

David Barlow, PhD
Boston University

David Barlow joined ADAA in 1989, and he served on the Board of Directors and the Scientific Council in the 1990s. He is the founder and director emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders and a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Boston University.
Dr. Barlow's clinical research focuses on understanding the nature of anxiety and depression and developing new treatments for emotional disorders. He has published hundreds of articles and chapters and numerous books in the area of the nature and treatment of emotional disorders. As a pioneer and leader in the field for many years, he honors Jerilyn Ross’s legacy.

2014

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, www.anxieties.com, 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.

2011

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.