Women's Mental Health

The Women’s Mental Health SIG creates a place for clinicians and researchers to discuss, debate, and address issues relevant to the understanding and treatment of women suffering from anxiety and depression and related disorders. The SIG develops specific education presentations at the ADAA annual conference, such as workshops, roundtables, and poster sessions to increase the understanding and overall awareness of how the treatment of women suffering from anxiety and depression may be different than others in the population. The SIG will also create a series of women-focused webinars and blog posts. In addition, the SIG will help educate the public about mental health treatment options for women to help decrease the stigma of mental illness.

The SIG will also encourage young researchers to become involved in evidence-based gender research and treatment options for women. 

To join the SIG, please login to your member accountContact ADAA with questions. Please view the ADAA SIG Guidelines

SIG Chair

  • Karen Martinez, MD, MSc

SIG Vice Chair

  • Sohye Kim, PhD

Board Liason:

  • Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP, Emory University School of Medicine 

2020-2021 Annual Report

SIG chair (Karen G. Martinez) and co-chairs (Katherine Harris and Sohye Kim) held several meetings to organize SIG activities. A SIG meeting was held December 4, 2020.

Future Plans

  • Online peer consultations will begin in February 2021
  • Will monitor 2021 conference topics on women's issues
  • Possible Public Education Committee webinar/blogs
  • Evaluating content on the ADAA website to ensure it is updated and resourceful
  • SIG-related submissions for the 2022 conference
  • Work with the Membership Committee's to pilot mentoring program for early career professional or new ADAA members with an interest in women's mental health