Membership Committee

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The membership committee builds and promotes ADAA membership and works to increase retention of current members. The committee creates new recruitment materials and outreach plans to promote the value of ADAA membership and works to encourage a diverse membership. Committee members participate in conference activities and cultivate member engagement throughout the year. The committee embraces new members with creative ideas - please join us in building ADAA membership.

Interested in joining the ADAA Membership Committee? Please email ADAA.

Read the ADAA Committee Guidelines.

Membership Committee Chair

Stephanie Woodrow, LCPC, NCC
National Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center

I joined ADAA straight out of graduate school – I wanted to connect with other professionals who specialized in treating people with anxiety disorders. However, I never imagined the impact ADAA would have on my career. One year at ADAA’s conference I participated in the Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program (CDLP) and was fortunate to be paired with a fantastic mentor. She, along with others, encouraged me to become more involved in ADAA. I soon became the Co-Vice Chair of the Early Career Professionals and Students SIG, and later Chair. I was privileged to learn from many seasoned professionals while also connecting with others in the earlier stages of their careers and was honored to be an inaugural recipient of ADAA’s Emerging Leader Award. In addition to my role as Chair of the Membership Committee, I’m also Chair of the OCD and Related Disorders SIG and am active in the Social Anxiety and Women’s Mental Health SIGs. One of my favorite things about ADAA is the access that early career professionals have to leaders in the field, and the humility and helpfulness that these veterans offer in return – the career advice and guidance. I see the Membership Committee as having two goals: recruiting new members and increasing the engagement of current members. I’m always looking for new ideas, suggestions, and feedback, so I invite you to let me know what the Membership Committee can do for you to enrich your ADAA experience.

Membership Committee Members

Matthew Brown, MHS
Nicholas Carleton, PhD
Ashley Clausen, PhD
Liliana Cortes, MA, RCC
Gregory Fonzo, PhD
Heather Greenawalt, LCSW-R
Johanna Kaplan, PhD
Carmen Lynas, PhD
Ana Ortin Peralta, PhD
Gopalkumar Rakesh, MD

Annual Report — 2021

The ongoing impact of COVID-19 has limited some of the typical activities of the membership committee. Even though it had to be virtual due to the pandemic, it was great that the 2021 ADAA Annual Conference was able to occur.

We now have a diverse membership committee consisting of 12 current members and have worked hard this past year on creating our current committee.

We have been continuing to take steps towards creating a mentoring program, including surveying ADAA members. We have been exploring additional ways to increase membership and retention. We have also started to get more active with the new online community for ADAA rolled out in Jan. 2022.

One of our main goals for 2022 is to create a mentorship program. However, based on initial feedback, this may begin as a small program with the goal of increasing in years to come.