Engaging members in our work is an essential element for sustaining and positioning the organization for ongoing success.


Read the committee guidelines.

The ADAA Board of Directors has defined these committees:

Annual Conference Committee 2017

Gordon J.G. Asmundson, PhD, Chair
Carmela Alcántara, Conference Coordinator

Members who have attended at least one ADAA conference and are willing to recruit broadly, organize content, and increase attendance. The time commitment is three to six hours every month, especially August through December, including required monthly one-hour calls. Committee members review submissions, make final selections for high-quality educational content, and organize special sessions. Subcommittees include Practice, Research, Posters, Master Clinicians, Career Development, and Depression.

Mental Health Apps Review

Mark Powers, PhD; Noam Soreni, MD, Co-Chairs
Michael Van Ameringen, MD, Board Liaison

Technology incorporated into mental health treatment in the form of apps can be effective tools that make therapy more accessible, efficient, and portable for those with anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, PTSD, and other related disorders — as well as for those who provide treatment. This committee enlists the help of ADAA members to review apps. See app reviews. 

Professional Education

Elizabeth Dupont Spencer, LCSW-C, Chair
Beth Salcedo, MD, Board Liaison

This committee promotes the investigation and implementation of empirically supported treatments and best practices across disciplines and career levels through the development of a cohesive ADAA professional education plan.

Public Education

Debra Kissen, PhD; Neal Sideman, Co-Chairs
Simon Rego, PsyD, Board Liaison

The purpose of the Public Education Committee is to improve and expand public education and outreach about anxiety and mood disorders, OCD, and PTSD through webinars (Self-Help Strategies: Webinars to Calm Anxious Minds), social and other media, and collaborations. Only members in good standing are eligible to serve on this committee.


Brian Schmaus, PhD, Chair

The purpose of this committee is to build and promote ADAA membership, as well as increase retention of current members. The committee strategizes on developing new recruitment materials and outreach plans to promote the value of ADAA membership. Committee members participate in conference activities and cultivate member engagement throughout the year. 

Scientific Council

Naomi Simon, MD, MSc, Chair
Douglas Mennin, PhD, Vice Chair

Comprised of mid- and senior-level basic and clinical researchers, the Scientific Council contributes scientific expertise and mentorship, actively grows membership, and encourages participation in ADAA among colleagues, students, and fellows. Committee members are committed to the organization and participate in projects that maintain ADAA’s leading edge in research, dissemination, treatment, and advocacy. See the current members of the Scientific Council.