Membership Committee

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

Brian Schmaus, PhD - Member Since 2009
Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago

Brian SchmausI first attended the ADAA Annual Conference in 2008 and I have attended every year since. I find the conferences to be both informative as well as welcoming for clinicians and researchers of all levels of experience. But I have also learned ADAA has a lot to offer in addition to the conference. I have the change to get involved in my professional community through various leadership positions with ADAA including the Annual Conference Committee, Career Development Leadership Program, and currently being the chair of the Membership Committee. ADAA really has a lot to offer. As ADAA members we can help increase our public presence by hosting webinars or writing blog posts for both the public and professional communities. We can continue our professional education by participating in events hosted by others. We can also share our accomplishments with our colleagues through newsletters and the ADAA website. Although the Annual Conference is a must-attend event that I encourage everyone to attend, the benefits of being an ADAA member extends all year long. I encourage all of you to join and take advantage of those opportunities. 

Dr. Brian Schmaus is a clinical psychologist at the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago.  He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  Dr. Schmaus has received training from leading experts in the fields of anxiety and related disorders.  He uses empirically supported treatments and tailors every treatment plan to the specific clinical needs of the patient. Dr. Schmaus has extensive experience working with anxious patients on the Autism Spectrum, and he has given several presentations at national conferences on the topic.  He has also presented on anxiety and anxiety related disorders and has authored publications in peer-reviewed journals. 

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
Stephanie Woodrow, LCPC NCC - Membership Committee Vice Chair

Annual Report - 2020

The impact of COVID-19 and the cancellation of the 2020 ADAA Conference in San Antonio limited some of the typical activities of the Membership Committee.

Our membership committee has 9 current members and we have actively been working on increasing our membership.  We aim for a balance of researchers and clinicians. 

One of our main accomplishments of 2020 was our continued efforts to send personalized emails to all new members and those whose memberships have recently lapsed.  We are continuing to work on getting more active on Social Link. Another success was the adjustment for the ADAA Virtual Conference for 2021.  We are exploring virtual opportunities to talk with new members at the upcoming conference.

One of main goals for 2021 is to create a mentorship program.  This has been an ongoing effort for over 2-years involving coordination with other committees for guidance.