Special interest groups (SIGs) serve as a vibrant forum for ADAA members with a common interest, such as a particular disorder, treatment, or population. The goal is to encourage collaboration, communication, education, research, mentoring, and networking focused on anxiety and mood disorders, OCD, and PTSD.
Please contact the SIG chairs below for more additional information.
- Child and Adolescent Anxiety — Ruth Lippin, LCSW, JD, Krystal Lewis, PhD, and Liza Bonin, PhD
- Early Career Professionals and Students — Emily Bilek, MS, and Jessica Bomyea, PhD
- Genetics and Neuroscience — John Hettema, MD, PhD, and Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD
- Multicultural — Carmela Alcantara, PhD, and Sarah Hayes-Skelton, PhD
- OCD and Related Disorders — Phillip Seibell, MD, and Megan Hughes-Feltenberger, PhD
- PTSD — Cassidy Gutner, PhD, and David Yusko, PsyD
- Selective Mutism — Elisa Shipon-Blum, DO, and Aimee Kotrba, PhD
SIGs meet virtually and in person at the annual conference. SIG members are encouraged to propose conference symposia and workshops, topics for public or professional education webinars, or web content.
SIGs are ADAA committees and are expected to act in support of the organization’s mission and follow the committee guidelines. SIGs may not act as spokespersons for the organization. SIG members and officers must be ADAA members in good standing; failure to renew membership will result in immediate removal from group activities and office.
- Provide a description of the group’s purpose and scope of activities to be approved by the Board of Directors before any business is conducted.
- Elect a chair and vice chair to serve one year renewable terms.
- Meet and update a plan of action annually.
- Recruit members and maintain a core network of 15 members.
- Accept as members any professional or student member of ADAA who is interested in the topic.
- Elect up to two co-chairs and two co-vice chairs.
- Produce an annual summary of action, activities, and active members in February for Board of Directors to review.