This award recognizes midcareer and senior clinicians and researchers who advance the mission of ADAA through significant service and commitment to the organization and its membership.

Congratulations to the award winners:


Elizabeth Dupont Spencer 2017_0_0.jpgElizabeth DuPont Spencer, LCSW-C
DuPont Associates, PA

Ms. Dupont Spencer is a licensed clinical social worker and supervisor. Trained as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, with a specialty in the anxiety and mood disorders, she has been in private practice for over twenty years, working with children, adolescents and adults. She is well known for her clinical work on special topics such as food phobia in children, and anxiety in emerging adults, focusing on the impact on both the individual and the family. For ten years Ms. Dupont Spencer was the co-owner of DuPont Clinical Research, a company that conducted FDA-approved clinical research studies on new medicines for anxiety and depression. She is a career-long member of both the National Association of Social Workers and of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, from which she received the 2012 Clinician Outreach Award. A graduate of Columbia University in New York City, and the University of Maryland at Baltimore's School of Social Work, Ms. Dupont Spencer completed her clinical training at the National Institutes of Health and the Catholic University of America. She is a popular speaker at community, national and international meetings and the co-author of two books, The Anxiety Cure and The Anxiety Cure for Kids.


MurrayStein2017_0.jpgMurray B Stein MD, MPH, FRCPC
University of California, San Diego

Murray B Stein MD, MPH, FRCPC is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine & Public Health and Vice Chair for Clinical Research in Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Stein’s research interests include the epidemiology, neurobiology, and treatment of anxiety and traumatic stressor-related disorders especially social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder. He has written or co-written over 500 peer-reviewed scientific articles on these topics, including in journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, JAMA, American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and JAMA Psychiatry. He is co-editor, with Martin Antony Ph.D., of the Oxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders (2009). His federally funded research has included studies of interventions for anxiety disorders in primary care, pharmacological approaches to treatment-resistant anxiety disorders, and functional neuroimaging and genomic research in anxiety and trauma-related disorders. He is Principal Investigator and Director of the Department of Defense-funded (2008-2016) INjury and TRaumatic STress (INTRuST) Consortium, which studies treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. He is also Co-Principal Investigator (with Robert Ursano MD) of Army STARRS, an NIMH-funded project (2009-2015) investigating risk factors for suicide and other deployment-related disorders; this project currently continues (2016-2019) as a longitudinal study (STARRS-LS).


RosenbaumJerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD, is one of the world's foremost authorities on mood and anxiety disorders, with a special emphasis on pharmacotherapy of those conditions. Despite competing commitments, he has held numerous ADAA leadership since he joined in 1988. Jerry’s stabilizing leadership and guidance has helped support the organization’s continued growth. He has been a mentor and role model to countless clinicians and researchers, as well as a passionate advocate of evidenced-based practice dissemination to advance the care of anxious and depressed individuals.

LynneLynne Siqueland, PhD
Children's and Adult Center for OCD & Anxiety

A psychologist at the Children's and Adult Center for OCD & Anxiety and an active ADAA member since 2001, Lynne Siqueland, PhD, has been specializing in treating anxiety disorders in children and adolescents for more than 20 years. She was a founding chair of the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Special Interest Group (SIG), and she continues to contribute to the SIG’s online peer consultation. She regularly makes presentations for our growing professional webinar series, and she has recently joined the Public Education Committee.


Kimberly Morrow, LCSW
Private Practice

Kimberly Morrow, LCSW, is the current chair of the ADAA Recruitment and Retention Committee and the past chair of the Award Committee. She is dedicated to helping people who suffer with anxiety, and she is passionate about teaching professionals how to treat anxiety disorders successfully. Kimberly and two colleagues developed a video for ADAA to train master’s level graduate students on that topic, and the video is visible on our website. A member since 2000, Kimberly received an ADAA clinician outreach award in 2012.

Daniel S. Pine, MD
National Institute of Mental Health

A renowned expert on mood and anxiety disorders, Daniel S. Pine, MD, joined ADAA in 1996 after having received an early young investigator award. He chaired the Scientific Council in 2012–13, the conference in 2010, and the Scientific Research
Symposium in 2005. Danny is also an editor of the ADAA publication The Primer on Anxiety Disorders: Translational Perspectives on Diagnosis and Treatment (Oxford University Press, 2015). Today he works as the Chief of the Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Intramural Research Program.


Bob AckermanRobert Ackerman, MSW
Anxiety Disorders Treatment in Brooklyn

One of the original members of ADAA, Robert Ackerman, MSW, is a social worker in Brooklyn, New York. Bob has introduced several generations of attendees to ADAA. He created the Anxiety Disorders Rounds session over 15 years ago, and he still organizes experts to present cases at the conference. Bob’s longstanding active support of ADAA is exemplary.


Peter Roy-ByrnePeter Roy-Byrne, MD
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine

Chief of Psychiatry, Harborview Medical Center

Director, Harborview Center for Healthcare Improvement for Addictions, Mental Illness, and Medically Vulnerable Populations

As the editor of Depression and Anxiety, Peter Roy-Byrne, MD, has made it a labor of love and his mission to improve the journal. Today the journal ranks 22/135 in psychiatry and in psychology 8/114 (Clinical); 9/75 (Psychology). Actively involved with ADAA since 1995, Peter has served as a mentor and as conference chair in 2005.


Alec Pollard, PhDC. Alec Pollard, PhD
Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute Anxiety Disorders Center
St. Louis University

A member of ADAA for 30 years, Alec Pollard has served in many vital capacities beyond providing excellent presentations at the annual conference. He has been on the Conference Committee and chaired the 2007 annual conference, which was held in St. Louis. He also served as chair of the Clinical Advisory Board and the Publications Committee. He was a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, and he has reviewed conference submissions. He encourages greater participation in ADAA by mentoring and welcoming many young members.

Risa Weisberg, PhDRisa Weisberg, PhD
Brown University

Representing the future of ADAA's growing leadership, Risa Weisberg has served on the Conference Committee, as the 2009 conference chair, and on the Strategic Planning Committee. She is the current conference coordinator, a position created by the Board of Directors in 2011 to help improve and grow the meeting. She has made a number of excellent presentations at the annual meetings, and she encourages many peers and young mental health professionals to join and participate in ADAA.


James AbelsonJames Abelson, MD, PhD
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

An ADAA member for more than 20 years, Dr. Abelson has attended and presented at many conferences, along with his students. He has reviewed submissions and encouraged his students to attend and become ADAA members. He has served on the Scientific Council and chaired the 2008 Scientific Research Symposium Emotional Regulation and the Expanding Neurocircuitry of Anxiety.

Dr. Abelson works diligently on the Career Development Trainee Awards, in which he pairs trainees with mentors, as well as on the Donald Klein Early Career Investigator Award. He fully recognizes the importance of mentoring and the role of senior members in introducing and investing in the next generation.


Naomi Simon, MD (Researcher)
Massachusetts General Hospital
Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders

A member of ADAA since 1998, Dr. Simon was co-chair of the 2006 Annual Conference and is now the chair of the new standing committee on professional education. She has served on the Scientific Council and numerous other committees, including the Strategic Planning and Annual Conference Committees. Dr. Simon has also helped organize task forces for conferences on Women and Anxiety Disorders and on Anxiety in Primary Care.

She presents her research every year at the ADAA Annual Conference and has served as a mentor for many recipients of the Career Development Travel Awards.
Karen Cassiday, PhDKaren Cassiday, PhD (Clinician)
Anxiety & Agoraphobia Treatment Center

As the chair of the new standing committee on membership, Dr. Cassiday is working to define new categories of membership and special interest groups, as well as enhancing opportunities for members in other ways.

Since becoming an ADAA member in 1991, she has served on the Strategic Planning Committee and Clinical Advisory Board, including serving as chair. Now a member of the ADAA Board of Directors, she works with the organization to respond to the media on a broad range of topics. Dr. Cassiday has also gained her own celebrity status as an expert on animal hoarding for Animal Planet.

In addition to presenting every year at the ADAA Annual Conference, she has encouraged many early career clinicians to become more involved with ADAA.