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, Liza Bonin, PhD and Julia Martin-Burch.
- Early Career Professionals and Students — Emily Bilek, PhD, Jessica Bomyea, PhD, Jeremy Peterman, MA, and Shari Steinman Haxel, PhD
- Genetics and Neuroscience — John Hettema, MD, PhD, and Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD
- Multicultural — Karen G. Martinez, MD, MSc, and Jessica R. Graham, PhD
- Read the article "An Increase in Anxiety and Other Emotions Is Completely Natural After the 2016 Presidential Election"
- 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
- Social Anxiety - Lauren Neaman, PsyD, ACT, and Noah Clyman, LCSW-R, ACT
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.
Many SIGs hold monthly online peer consultation groups. The goal is to provide a safe and confidential forum for SIG members to discuss cases, collaborate, and share resources. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from your colleagues and build an online community of like-minded therapists.
Peer consultation is a member benefit offered at no cost.
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.