Professional Education Committee

The Professional Education Committee (PrEC) promotes the investigation and implementation of empirically supported treatments and best practices across disciplines and career levels through the development of a cohesive ADAA professional education program for multi-multidisciplinary professionals. 

The PrEC oversees ADAA’s professional education offerings including ADAA professional webinars. Members and nonmembers are encouraged to submit webinar proposals.mFor more information contact ADAA.

If you are interested in learning more about this committee and how you can be involved, please contact ADAARead the ADAA Committee Guidelines.

Professional Education Committee Chair

Jamie Micco, PhD, ABPP

Board Liaison

Risa Weisberg, PhD – Board Liaison

Committee Members

Liza Bonin, PhD, Texas Children’s Hospital
Joan Davidson, PhD, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy
Sarah Garnaat, PhD, Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Butler Hospital
Melissa Hunt, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Barbara Kamholz, PhD, ABPP, VA Boston Healthcare System
Fugen Neziroglu, PhD, Biobehavioral Institute
Lillian Reuman, PhD, Boston University School of Medicine
Lynne Siqueland, PhD, Children's and Adult Center for OCD & Anxiety
Jami Socha, PhD, Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center of Ann Arbor

2020-2021 Report

Prepared by: Jamie Micco, PhD, ABPP (Chair)

The Professional Education Committee (PrEC) produces peer-reviewed webinars and panel discussions, focused on a wide range of professional topics within the domains of anxiety, depression, and related disorders. The PrEC also collaborates with the Conference Committee to provide input on annual conference programming.

The PrEC currently has nine active members, in addition to Dr. Barbara Kamholz (Senior Advisor for Professional Education) and Dr. Risa Weisberg (Board Liaison). 

In 2020, the PrEC increased their production of peer-reviewed webinars by 115% as compared to 2019. Topics varied widely across the domains of anxiety, depression, and professional practice. The committee produced 28 webinars in 2020, including the second Fall Forum, which focused on Anxiety and Worry in Youth. With two keynote speakers (Dr. Mona Potter and Dr. Sandra Pimental) and a diverse expert panel, the Fall Forum was very well attended, with more than double the attendees compared to 2019 (134 registrants). 

Webinars with the highest enrollment included:

  1. Distinguishing Suicidal Ideation from Intrusive Self-Harm OCD with Mike Heady (156 registrants)  

  2. Putting the Cardi B in CBT with Sandra Pimental (129 registrants) 

  3. Written Exposure Therapy for PTSD with Denise Sloan (95 registrants)

  4. Socratic Dialogue and Collaborative Empiricism: Practical Strategies to Overcome Common Pitfalls with Scott Waltman (95 registrants)


Our plans for 2021 include:

  • Fall Forum 2021: Depression Across the Lifespan will be presented in October. We have formed a subcommittee to work on recruiting speakers and producing this event.
  • Increasing the disciplinary and cultural diversity of the PrEC. We have sent out a "Call for New Members" to SIG leadership and the membership at large to apply to be a part of PrEc. We especially hope to increase the number of MDs and licensed master's level mental health professionals. Members who are interested in joining the committee can contact Dr. Micco at [email protected]
  • Increasing our library of on demand webinars. 
  • Continuing to offer 2-3 webinars or virtual panel discussions per month throughout the year, with the exception of March (due to the ADAA conference).
  • Continuing to work on increasing the reach of our webinars beyond the ADAA membership.