The Early Career Professionals and Students SIG unites students and early career professionals interested in the clinical treatment and research of anxiety and depression. The group develops ADAA conference activities organized around topics specifically relevant to students and early career professionals, and offers an initial avenue for students and early career professionals to become more involved in ADAA by encouraging new and continuing ADAA membership.

If you’re interested in joining this SIG, please login to your member account and choose Groups from the green menu bar at the top of your screen. Have a question about the member platform? Please contact Vickie Spielman, ADAA Associate Director of Membership and Marketing.

Please view the ADAA SIG Guidelines for responsibilities and expectations. 

SIG Co-Chairs:

  • Amanda W. Baker, PhD
  • Alex Bettis, PhD

SIG Vice Chairs:

  • Elle Brennan, PhD
  • Gopalkumar Rakesh, MD

Chair Emeritus: Stephanie Woodrow, LCPC, NCC; Ashley Clausen, PhD; and Krystal Lewis, PhD

Board Liaison:
Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP, Emory University School of Medicine 

New Video Series - Career Spotlights - May/June 2020

This  two-part series features videos of early career professionals describing their current position and career path. In our first set of videos, you will hear from Drs. Rozenman, Berman, and O'Keefe discussing careers in research and teaching. We hope you enjoy watching!

Michelle Rozenman, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the clinical child psychology PhD program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Denver (DU). She received her PhD from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, and completed a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral T32 fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior. She subsequently held a faculty position in the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, where she conducted research and served as Associate Director of UCLA Health's Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient Program before joining the faculty at DU. Dr. Rozenman's research centers on elucidating processes that underlie anxiety and related disorders in children and adolescents in order to develop theoretically and practically efficient interventions. She is also a clinical supervisor at the DU Center for Child and Family Psychology.

Watch my interview here.

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Noah Berman, PhD completed his undergraduate degree at Bowdoin College and his MA and PhD at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, under the mentorship of Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz. He then completed his pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and was promoted to an Assistant Professor in their Department of Psychiatry. In 2017, he transitioned to his current role as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at College of the Holy Cross and Director of the Holy Cross Obsessive Compulsive Processes and Experimentation (HOPE) Laboratory. Dr. Berman has published over 50 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters on OCD, presented over 75 posters and symposia at professional conferences, and is an editorial board member of both the Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders and Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Berman treats adults with anxiety and OC-spectrum conditions within his Boston-based private practice.
Watch my interview here.

Victoria O’Keefe, PhD is an Associate Director and Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. Notably, Dr. O’Keefe is the first ever Native American tenure-track faculty in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health history. As a member of the Cherokee and Seminole Nations of Oklahoma, she is dedicated to working collaboratively with tribal communities to eliminate health inequities. Her primary research area is in developing and evaluating strengths-based suicide prevention programs that are grounded in tribal culture and implemented/sustained by Native communities. She is also interested in social, historical, and cultural determinants that relate to health status (e.g., microaggressions, historical trauma, cultural identity). 
Watch my interview here.
Connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn (@vmokeefe)

Amy Mariaskin, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and director of the Nashville OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center. She specializes in the treatment of OCD, anxiety, and related disorders across the lifespan (ages 6+). She is an active member of the International OCD Foundation and adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University. 
Watch my interview here. 
Follow Nashville OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center: Instagram (@ocdnashville) and Facebook (@ocdnashville

Amelia Aldao, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Director of Together CBT, a clinic in New York City specializing in anxiety, OCD, stress, sleep, and depression. She is a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and on the Psychiatry Faculty at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she teaches cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to graduate students and psychiatry residents, respectively. She is currently involved in the dissemination of evidence-based approaches via her YouTube channel (Therapy Corner) and her free biweekly webinars for the community. She was previously a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at The Ohio State University, where she ran a lab studying emotion regulation as a transdiagnostic process and published over 60 scientific articles (Google Scholar). She was also a Management Consultant at a “Big 3” firm, Boston Consulting Group, where she specialized in developing consumer-centric strategies for some of the world’s largest companies. 
Watch my interview here.
Connect with me on Twitter (@DrAmeliaAldao) or my website.

Meredith Charney, PhD is currently a clinical psychologist at Maine Medical Center in the Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) program; PIER is a coordinated specialty care program providing care to individuals at high risk of psychosis. Dr. Charney is relatively new to Maine; she has spent the majority of her career in clinical research programs providing evidence-based clinical care to individuals with anxiety, trauma, and grief as well as participating in numerous research studies. This includes work at the Washington DC VA Medical Center, the VA Boston Healthcare System, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. In the more recent years, Dr. Charney was a psychologist in the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders (CATSD) and the Home Base Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Charney also has a strong interest in training and mentorship and has supervised a multitude of practicum students, interns, and postdocs over the years. In her later years at CATSD, she also served as the director of psychotherapy and training.
Watch my interview here.

Webinar Series: Preparing Yourself to be a Competitive Applicant: The Ins and Outs of Curriculum Vitae, Personal Statements and Cover Letters

2019-2020 Annual Report


  • Currently organizing a brief interview series with four senior professionals spanning academia, industry, and clinical career paths. Interviews are designed to provide information to early career professionals regarding the variety of career paths available to mental health professionals. Secondly, these interviews are designed to show early career professionals the flexibility and diversity of the mental health field.
  • Planning the 2020 Early Career Professionals and Students Luncheon with the IGNITE format and theme of “Resiliency as Early Career Professionals”.
  • Planning a networking meeting up for all Early Career SIG members at the 2020 Annual ADAA Conference. In addition to our annual conference lunch, we wanted to provide a more informal outlet for SIG members to network, learn more about the SIG, as well as learn more about ADAA.
  • Continued to connect early career professionals with open post-doctoral and staff positions advertised by ADAA members. 
  • Developing a marketing plan for Early Career Professionals and Students who are not current members of ADAA to provide them with knowledge and engage them with ADAA using SocialLink, word-of-mouth and advertising for upcoming events (e.g., brief interview series).

Plans for the Future:

  • Planning to recruit new co-vice chairs for the 2021 conference.
  • Work closely with the membership committee to examine the interest of ADAA members to provide and engage in mentorship. 
  • Collaborate with other ADAA SIGs to promote cross-SIG networking including seminars targeting early career professionals hosted by other SIG groups such as the Child and Adolescent SIG or Neuroscience and Genetics SIG.