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Treatment-Resistant Anxiety and Depression: Challenges and Opportunities
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To ADAA's Current 2018 Conference Sponsors
--Platinum Sponsor: Rogers Behavioral Health
--Gold Sponsor: Beck Institute
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
Houston OCD Program
UMASS Medical School's Center for Mindfulness
Mountain Valley Treatment Center
To ADAA's Current 2018 Conference Exhibitors
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Center for Mindfulness by UMASS Medical Schools
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
Constellation Behavioral Health
Freespira (Palo Alto Health Sciences)
Greenbrook TMS Neurohealth Centers
Houston OCD Program
International OCD Foundation
Inova Genomics Laboratory (IGL)
Medical Billing Professionals
Mountain Valley Treatment Center
Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE)
Renewed Freedom Center
Resilience Treatment Center
Rogers Behavioral Health
Sheppard Pratt Health System (SPHS)
The SMart Center
Special Member Thank You
Naomi Simon, PhD
ADAA would like to thank Dr. Simon for her commitment and contributions to the Scientific Council (SC). Dr. Simon helped refine the direction and activities of the SC to improve the scientific quality of our community as Vice Chair (2014-2015) and as Chair (2016-2017).
Dr. Simon notes: "It has been an honor and privilege to serve as Vice Chair and then Chair of the Scientific Council over these past four years, a time of significant growth and change at ADAA. ADAA remains a critically important professional home for so many of us in the field of anxiety disorders and now depression research, education and clinical care, while also serving the needs of consumers through the provision of much needed reliable information about these conditions and evidence based care. I look forward to continuing to serve ADAA as a member of the Scientific Council."
The ADAA Scientific Council (SC) is comprised of mid- and senior-level basic and clinical researchers committed to the organization. The SC contributes scientific expertise and mentorship, actively grows membership and encourages participation among colleagues, students and fellows, and volunteers to participate in projects that maintain ADAA’s leading edge in research, dissemination and treatment.
Interested in learning more about the Scientific Council and how you can become involved?
Please email Douglas Mennin, Scientific Council Chair at email@example.com.
Catching Up With ADAA's Past Career Development Leadership Program (CDLP) Awardees
Meet CDLP 2015 Heather Greenawalt, LCSW-R
Behavioral Health Program Coordinator
Southern Tier Community Health Center Network Inc., Olean, NY
I was a CDLP award winner in 2015, and my mentor was (is) Kimberly Morrow.
CDLP has helped with my career by offering me the opportunity to attend a professional conference that gathers both researchers and practitioners in the same space! Read more.
Learn more about ADAA's CDLP Program.
About the OCD and Related Disorders SIG
The OCD and Related Disorders SIG promotes collaboration, education/mentoring, research and networking among ADAA members who have a specific interest in OCD and related conditions.
Meet the OCD and Related Disorders SIG Chair and Co-Chair
Megan Hughes-Feltenberger, PhD — Chair
"I first joined ADAA in 2012 and attended the conference in 2013. Since that first meeting, I was hooked. ADAA is a vibrant community of clinicians and researchers who are dedicated to advancing the field. I became involved in the OCD SIG when it began in 2016 as a Vice Chair to the Chair Dr. Phil Seibell and am delighted to be the OCD SIG Chair this year. The monthly case consultation call is a highlight of the OCD SIG's offerings. We are hosting several webinars over the year and look forward to expanding our presence on the online community in the coming months. We hope to see many of you in D.C. next year!"
Dr. Hughes is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry and the Assistant Director of Education for Psychology at Weill Cornell Medicine. She joined the Weill Cornell Medicine Department in 2011, after completing the two-year NYPH-Westchester Division clinical fellowship. Her clinical expertise focuses on CBT for anxiety disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. She is a member of the Weill Cornell Medicine Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program (POCAT) and the Youth Anxiety Center (YAC). In addition to her clinical specialty in anxiety and related disorders, she is involved with the administration of the psychology training program at New York Presbyterian Hospital--Weill Cornell Medicine.
Angela Wai Mon Chiu, PhD — Co-Chair
"I joined ADAA in 2016 to attend the annual conference as I had heard from colleagues that it is a wonderful place to get hands-on, practical clinical skills. I left my first conference thoroughly impressed. I enjoyed participating in clinical roundtables and learned many techniques and concepts that I was excited to apply right away in my own clinical work as well as in my role as a supervisor.
My work focuses on implementing evidence-based interventions in acute care settings for emerging adults with anxiety. I joined the OCD and Related Disorders SIG hoping to connect with other colleagues with interests in the treatment of anxiety disorders in youth. At my first SIG meeting, I met several experts who launched intensive outpatient OCD programs. Within one hour, I acquired new ideas about different models of treatment and also had an interesting conversation about the systemic challenges of offering exposure-based treatment. Through the web-based peer supervision and webinars throughout the year, the SIG has continued to offer outlets for me to expand my learning and to connect with other professionals."
Dr. Chiu is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in evidence-based interventions for children, adolescents and young adults suffering from anxiety and related disorders. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy as well as modular approaches to treatment. Dr. Chiu provides a variety of clinical services including diagnostic assessments, therapy and consultation. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Chiu is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Assistant Attending Psychologist at the New York-Presbyterian Partial Hospital Programs. Dr. Chiu travels nationally to train clinicians on Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC) and Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP) system.
Interested in learning more about this SIG? Please contact Helen Heymann, Senior Education Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADAA members are often reported on or quoted in the general media about a wide range of topics. Below is a sampling of recent media
02/07/2018 What Is High-Functioning Depression — and Could You Have It?, MSN, Michael E. Thase, MD
02/02/2018 The Dark Grip Of OCD, The Mental Illness Happy Hour, Jenny Yip, PsyD, ABPP
02/01/2018 Brief Intervention Yields Lasting Results for Teen Depression, Anxiety, Medscape, Jessica Schleider, MA
02/01/2018 Why You Should Stop Trying to Relax All the Time, Real Simple, Mary Alvord, PhD and Simon Rego, PsyD
01/31/2018 What You Should Know If You Love Someone with OCD, The Huffington Post, Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD
01/31/2018 A Look at How Anxiety Affects African-Americans, NBC News, Angela Neal Barnett, PhD
01/31/2018 Kids Who Face Their Fears Develop More Confidence, Tonic, Alison Alden, PhD
01/30/2018 Jordyn Woods Revealed the Heartbreaking Reason Why She Goes to the Gym Every Day, Revelist, Patricia Thornton, PhD
01/29/2018 Is There Any Good News in the Battle Against Suicide?, Miami Herald, Charles Nemeroff, MD, PhD
01/17/2018 Dr. Mary Alvord on Teen Mental Health and Suicide Prevention #SocialMediaSafetyChat, After School App, Mary Alvord, PhD
Have you published a new book or research article? Have you been quoted in a recent news article/story? Please let us know so we can share your news with your ADAA colleagues and with our public community! Simply email Lise Bram and we'll make sure to feature your news/new publication here every other week, on our social media platforms and on the ADAA Members in the News website page.
We invite you to join ADAA's LinkedIn group! With close to 5,000 professional members specializing in anxiety, depression and co-occurring disorders this closed group is a vibrant and engaging platform to share your professional news, recent articles/publications, and to collaborate and learn. Join today and "LinkIn" with your peers!
ADAA offers a variety of webinars for mental health professionals
Most ADAA professional webinars offer CE credits.
View all 2018 webinars — register today
View all ADAA On-Demand Webinars
Recent addition: Eating Disorders & Co-occurring Mental Health Conditions with Lauren Smolar, MA
And don't miss: Treating the Family: Addressing Family Accommodation in the Treatment of OCD with Jami Socha, PhD and Laura Lokers, LMSW
View ADAA's Discounted Recorded Webinar Bundles
Murray B. Stein, MD, MPHA — Editor-in-Chief. Meet the Journal Editorial Board
Depression and Anxiety, the official journal of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, is available online at no charge to ADAA members. The journal welcomes original research and synthetic review articles covering neurobiology (genetics and neuroimaging), epidemiology, experimental psychopathology, and treatment (psychotherapeutic and pharmacologic) aspects of mood and anxiety disorders, and related phenomena in humans.
Learn more about the Journal
Behavioral avoidance predicts treatment outcome with exposure and response prevention for obsessive–compulsive disorder
Michael G. Wheaton, Marina Gershkovich, Thea Gallagher, Edna B. Foa and H. Blair Simpson
Version of Record online: 2 FEB 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/da.22720
A longitudinal study of women's depression symptom profiles during and after the postpartum phase
Molly Fox, Curt A. Sandman, Elysia Poggi Davis and Laura M. Glynn
Version of Record online: 2 FEB 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/da.22719
Prenatal exposure to maternal and paternal depressive symptoms and white matter microstructure in children
Hanan El Marroun, Runyu Zou, Ryan L. Muetzel, Vincent W. Jaddoe, Frank C. Verhulst, Tonya White and Henning Tiemeier
Version of Record online: 2 FEB 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/da.22722
PTSD Consultation Program
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The New York Times
People with acne are at substantially higher risk for depression in the first years after the condition appears, a new study reports. Researchers used a British database of 134,427 men and women with acne and 1,731,608 without and followed them for 15 years. Most were under 19 at the start of the study, though they ranged in age from 7 to 50. The study is in the British Journal of Dermatology.
New research suggests higher levels of psychological distress may be associated with an increased risk of death from certain cancers. Investigators say the finding adds to evidence that psychological distress could predict certain physical conditions. The study appears in the British Medical Journal.
Reducing mental illness is one of the key ways to increase happiness worldwide, according to a study by the Global Happiness Council. The report, published Feb. 10, said that while mental illness was one of the main causes of unhappiness in the world, the net cost of treating it was actually negative.
Anxiety symptoms in cognitively healthy adults older than 60 years were significantly associated with a reduction in episodic memory at three-year follow-up, according to the results of a study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. In this prospective study, 91 cognitively healthy adults older than 60 years with anxiety symptoms were matched with participants without anxiety.
Medical News Today
A new study unravels the mechanism by which compounds found in grapes improve resilience to stress in mice and attenuate the brain changes linked with depression. Previous research has shown that so-called grape polyphenols have some efficacy in managing major depressive disorder, but the precise mechanisms behind this were unclear. The new study, published in Nature Communications, explains this mechanism.
By examining brain tissue, researchers say they've found similarities in certain mental illnesses, including autism and schizophrenia. Specifically, some similar patterns of gene expression were found in people with autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the researchers say. The study was published Feb. 8 in the journal Science.
A team of researchers has recently published an article connecting the dots to explain the impaired cellular resilience observed in bipolar disorder that in the grand scheme of things may relate to the impaired resilience presented by BD patients to respond to events, including stress.
HealthDay News via UPI
A mere five sessions of specialized therapy could help people struggling from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, new research suggests. The findings could help address time constraints that sometimes prevent people from getting the treatment they need, the researchers noted in the study published in JAMA Psychiatry.
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Emerging research suggests declines in IQ during early childhood and adolescence can lead to psychotic episodes in adulthood. Investigators theorize that declining IQ causes children and young adults to fall progressively behind their peers across a range of cognitive abilities. Researchers believe educational interventions could potentially delay the onset of mental illness.
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Only one-third of people newly diagnosed with depression start treatment quickly, and seniors and minorities are the least likely to get help in a timely fashion, a new study finds. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 240,000 people in the United States who received a new diagnosis of depression from a primary care provider between 2010 and 2013.
The drug prazosin failed to effectively alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder in military veterans, according to a trial conducted by researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Although the drug has been effective in controlling nightmares or improving sleep quality associated with PTSD, the researchers concluded it was no better than a placebo, according to results published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Patients seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder who were receiving either written exposure therapy or cognitive processing therapy had equivalent reductions in PTSD symptom severity, according to results published in JAMA Psychiatry.
A new study suggests that processing of negative emotions can be influenced by tweaking/tuning the excitability of brain cells located in the right frontal part of the brain. The study, published in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, provides support for an approach clinicians use to guide treatment in depression, but has never been verified in a lab.
I've been seeing a new guy for the past month, and while I may not be head over heels just yet, I can see it lasting a while. My question is, when should I bring up my depression? My last relationship lasted almost three years, but ultimately he ended it because he couldn't handle me at my lowest — which obviously didn't help.
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