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Board of Directors Update

ADAA is excited to welcome two new Board members, Sheila Rauch, PhD and Vasiliki Michopoulos, MD.  Dr. Rauch and Dr. Michopoulos’ commitment and expertise will help grow ADAA’s reach and impact. We look forward to working together.

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Sheila Rauch, PhD, Clinical Director of the Emory University Veterans Program, Associate Professor at Emory University School of Medicine and Director of Mental Health Research Program Evaluation at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.


 Dr. Rauch has been providing PTSD and Anxiety Disorders treatment for over 20 years.  She is currently Principal Investigator of two PTSD treatment outcome and mechanisms trials including a DOD funded, multi-site PTSD treatment trial comparing prolonged exposure and sertraline and a VA/DOD collaboratively funded trial examining biomarkers in active duty military service members completing psychotherapy. Read more.

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Vasiliki (Vas) Michopoulos, MD is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Emory University and a Research Associate at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center.  


Dr. Michopoulos’ translational research is focused on understanding how adverse social experience, including chronic stress and trauma exposure, results in a number of adverse mental outcomes and co-morbid physical health diseases and conditions.   Read more.

ADAA wishes Simon A. Rego, PsyD, ABPP, ACT and Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP all the best all the best as they end their Board tenure. Their contributions to ADAA’s outreach, fundraising and educational programming has made an enormous impact and we are very thankful and grateful for their dedication and support.  ADAA looks forward to their continued engagement and collaboration.

January's Featured Board Member Profile - Peter Roy-Byrne, MD

Dr. Peter Roy-Byrne is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine.  He is recognized for his expertise in translating science to clinical practice and stays at the leading edge of research by editing three academically-oriented publications: Depression and Anxiety, Journal Watch Psychiatry, and UpToDate Psychiatry.  Read more.

New! Telemental Health ADAA Member Listing

Online therapy, also known as telemental health, is a growing field.  ADAA is pleased to offer a listing of our member clinicians who provide telemental health services. Providers are listed by state and their specialty areas. This is a new listing (as of January, 2017) and we will be adding new names on a daily basis so please check back frequently.

Project Thrive

Posted January 17, 2017

Under the leadership of President Karen Cassiday, ADAA has created an evidence-based protocol for Pedestal Foods to train their staff and create experiences in the dining areas that promote student mental wellness. This initiative — Project Thrive — rooted in positive psychology, will help create moments of joy for students and offer resources for those in need of support. Project Thrive is being piloted at Father Ryan High School in Nashville, Tennessee.  Read more.


Why Join ADAA?

Susan Gurley, ADAA Executive Director
Posted December 15, 2016

There are countless organizations that serve as a professional home for mental health researchers and practitioners. So what makes ADAA unique? In addition to our focus on anxiety disorders and depression, ADAA also provides free resources and education to tens of thousands of people worldwide who struggle with these disorders.
ADAA members vary widely in experience level, from students to MDs and PhDs. For those still honing their skills, whether undergraduate students, graduate students, clinical trainees, or postdoctoral fellows/residents, ADAA provides ample opportunity to network with colleagues and even find a mentor. For the more experienced clinicians and researchers, ADAA offers a variety of resources to help keep abreast of the latest and most cutting edge research in the mental health field. Read more.