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Specialty: , Psychiatry
Dates: From Mar, 27, 2014 to Mar, 30, 2014
Location: Chicago, USA
Type: Conference
Registration Cost: From 150 to 795 USD
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  • ADAA has applied for approval from the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education credits for psychologists. ADAA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CE credits for psychologists are granted on a 1 credit per contract basis.

Social Workers, Certified Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists

  • Social Workers  ADAA has applied for approval from the National Association of Social Workers (provider #886437837) for social work continuing education contact hours.
  • National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)  ADAA has applied for approval from the National Board of Certified Counselors for counseling continuing education contact hours.

Physicians assistants and nurse practitioners – AMA PRA Category 1 Credit can only be awarded to MDs or DOs (or physicians with equivalent degrees from other countries). Nonphysicians may not be awarded AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Nonphysicians may, however, receive a certificate of attendance/participation that acknowledges the activity was designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit in order to apply their participation toward relicensure.

Event Overview
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The Anxiety and Depression Association of America Annual Conference is the premier professional meeting on the science and treatment of anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, and depression in children and adults.

The conference goal includes leveraging its broad audience to synthesize cutting-edge knowledge, accelerate dissemination, and translate scientific evidence to practice by engaging clinicians.

The ADAA Annual Conference is novel and it works actively to advance knowledge in unique ways: 1) fostering dissemination and collaboration among basic and clinical researchers; 2) encouraging researchers and clinicians to discuss practical applications in real life settings; 3) accelerating implementation of research to practice with hands-on training of empirically tested treatments; 4) involving early career investigators, residents, trainees, and graduate students in research and practice; and 5) providing opportunities for professionals to hear patient perspectives. The conference engages all of these audiences, building bridges and supporting these networks throughout the year.

About 1,000 health professionals and researchers — psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, therapists, nurses, physicians, clinical researchers, and basic neuroscientists — are expected to attend. ADAA offers CE and CME credits.
ADAA offers CE and CME credits.

ADAA accepts submissions for symposia, workshops, roundtables, and poster abstracts; all are peer reviewed. The Call for Papers provides guidelines for submission and deadlines.

Statement of Need

The annual conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America is designed to meet the educational needs of clinicians and researchers by disseminating evidence-based treatments, training to increase implementation of best practices into treatment, and translating the latest research. 

Anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, and depression are common and disabling, and they occur in children and adults. Lifetime prevalence estimates for all anxiety disorders, including OCD and PTSD, and major depression are 28.8 percent and 16.6 percent, respectively. Mental illnesses account for more than half as many disability days as all physical illnesses, with anxiety and depressive disorders being the major causes of disability. More than 40 million adults have one or more anxiety disorder, OCD, and PTSD, and 19 million adults have depression; anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in children.

Research has long documented the high comorbidity between anxiety and depressive disorders; the latest data continues to highlight the importance of understanding the overlap between these disorders, not only with respect to their etiology, but also in terms of treatment course. In 50 percent of diagnoses, individuals have comorbid anxiety and depression. Additionally, anxiety and depression are the primary illnesses associated with suicide. To continue leading the field, ADAA has broadened its mission and vision to encompass anxiety and depressive disorders. 

Capitalizing on emerging science on mediators, biomarkers, and moderators of response to intervention, the theme of this conference is personalized interventions for anxiety and depression. There are many empirically supported psychological and pharmacological treatments for anxiety and depression, but many individuals do not respond to treatment. Thus a new challenge is determining what interventions work for whom, when, and under which circumstances.

The desired results for the conference are that attendees become aware of the latest developments in preclinical and clinical research; are able to translate this knowledge to clinical practice; apply evidence-based research to practice; discuss clinical experiences to influence research; and develop new skills and techniques to improve diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders. It is also expected that researchers and clinicians will discuss how specific diagnoses manifest in the clinic and the reality of implementation of evidence-based and novel treatments in real-world settings.

Conference Educational Objectives

After participating in the 2014 annual conference, attendees should be able to…

  • Recognize advances in diagnosis and treatments for anxiety, OCD, PTSD, depression, and related disorders.
  • Apply evidence-based research, including the integration of treatment matching technologies to improve patient outcomes
  • Improve patient outcomes through the dissemination of evidence-based research and application to real-world clinical settings.
  • Identify the etiology, pathophysiology, and neural pathways of anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and depressive disorders.
  • Apply psycho- and pharmacotherapy interventions alone and in combination to develop treatment plans, predict treatment response, optimize remission, and prevent relapse.
  • Discuss and innovate research on anxiety, OCD, PTSD, depression, and related disorders.
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The 34th ADAA Annual Conference will be held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, located on Michigan Avenue and walking distance to world-class shopping, restaurants, and attractions. 

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Book your hotel reservation online or call 1-877-303-0104. Mention ADAA to receive the discounted conference rate before March 1, 2014.

Discounted Conference Rates*

  • $209/night for Single/Double (King or 2 beds)/Triple/Quad
  • $249/night for Executive King 
  • $259/night for Club Level

Included in these rates are complimentary wired Internet access in your room, complimentary wireless internet in lobby and public areas, pool access, and Fitness Center.
*Rate does not include 16.4% hotel and city tax.

Further Details:

The Chicago Marriott Downtown requires room cancellation 72 hours in advance or attendees will be charged one night's room and tax.

  • All conference attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations.
  • Children under 18 stay for free during the conference.

Why Stay at the Conference Hotel?
ADAA strongly encourages you to stay at the hotel with the discounted conference rates to gain the benefits of networking with colleagues, to be on-site for sessions, and to relax in an elegant property.

We make every effort to negotiate the best possible rates. When you stay at the conference hotel, ADAA is able to meet its contractual obligations for this meeting and ensure that we can negotiate good rates in the future.

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Submission Info

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) leads the way in bringing together a multidisciplinary community of basic and clinical researchers and clinicians with diverse backgrounds in psychiatry, psychology, social work, counseling, nursing, neuroscience, and more.

ADAA sponsors the only conference focusing exclusively on science and treatment of anxiety, including but not limited to generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias, as well as OCD, PTSD, depression, suicide risk, and comorbid disorders in children and adults. Submissions are welcome on a broad range of research and practice topics relating to these disorders.

For Clinicians and Researchers 

The conference creates an essential bridge between clinicians and researchers. The overall goal is to improve patient outcomes by advancing dissemination and implementation of research and providing experiential learning about evidence-based treatments and best practices in real-world settings.

Theme: Personalized Treatments for Anxiety and Mood Disorders

This theme focuses on personalized treatments for anxiety and mood disorders in children and adults. Capitalizing on emerging science on biomarkers, mediators, and moderators of response to intervention, the challenges of personalized treatment involve determining what interventions work for whom, when, and under what circumstances and how to share decision-making with patients. Submissions should focus on innovation in treatment and research and foster translation, dissemination, and implementation of evidence-based and novel psychosocial and pharmacological treatments.


This conference is like no other in scope and depth. You will have unsurpassed access to experts in research and clinical care, opportunities to network with colleagues from around the globe, and take away experiences that will improve your practice. Here you can talk with people who share your interests and passions. Join us in 2014.


Symposia, Clinical Workshops, Roundtables September 9, 2013
Career Development Travel Awards (posters only) November 14, 2013
Individual Oral and New Research Poster Presentations December 4, 2013
NEW Late-Breaking Research Posters* February 3, 2014

*Late-Breaking Research Posters present new, cutting-edge high-impact research. A limited number (up to 10), will be accepted based on scientific quality and novelty of research.

Five Things to Know Before Submitting an Abstract

  1. Review guidelines for submission, including sample abstracts before starting your online submission. Late and incomplete submissions are rejected. 
  2. All presenters, including poster presenters, must pay the appropriate registration fee upon acceptance. If your ADAA membership expires prior to March 31, 2014, you must renew when you register for the conference to receive the discounted rate. ADAA does not offer government or one-day registration rates.
  3. Communications will be sent via e-mail; please add to your safe-sender list. 
  4. Session chairs are responsible for completing the submission, notifying session participants of acceptance and registration requirements, and providing AV requirements. 
  5. To accommodate the large number of submissions, the conference committee may limit presenting authors to two accepted sessions and two posters only. ADAA cannot accommodate requests for presentation on specific days or times.

Types of Submissions

 Type Description    Length of Presentation Details
Symposia A group of three to five presentations and an optional discussant organized around a specific theme by a chair or two co-chairs. Submission must include session title, session abstract, and educational learning objectives; also, each presentation must include a titled abstract. (No abstract is required for a discussant.) Presentations should be original and describe relevance, need, and audience level. 90 or 120 minutes Do not include names of presenters and presentation titles or refer to a presenter by name in the abstract. 
Presenters may participate on only two accepted symposia, workshops, roundtables, or individual presentations (nonpresenting authors excluded; more than two abstracts may be submitted).
  • All presenters must complete conflict-of-interest and disclosure statements, even if you have nothing to disclose.
  • All accepted presenters must register for the conference.
Clinical Workshops

Hands-on, experiential, in-depth training, skills acquisition, and case presentations aimed to improve understanding and treatment in a particular area. Up to five presenters in one workshop. Submission must include a session title, one abstract, and educational learning objectives plus a detailed outline describing format, audience level, relevance, and need.

ADAA seeks proposals for advanced and experienced clinicians in psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.

90 or 120 minutes Do not include names of presenters and presentation titles or refer to a presenter by name in the abstract. 
Include a detailed outline describing target audience, level, and format, including statement of how participants will be engaged. 
Presenters may participate on only two accepted symposia, workshops, roundtables, or individual presentations; more than two abstracts may be submitted.
  • All presenters must complete conflict-of-interest and disclosure statements, even if you have nothing to disclose.
  • All accepted presenters must register for the conference.
Roundtables    Interactive discussion with up to four experts on a focused topic, issue, theme, or question in research or practice. Submission must include a session title, one abstract, and educational learning objectives. Abstract must provide a statement of need, target audience, level of content, and names of experts on panel. 60 minutes Individuals may participate on only two accepted symposia, workshops, roundtables, or individual presentations; more than two abstracts may be submitted.
  • All accepted presenters must register for the conference.
Individual Oral Presentations Individual presentations of research, unique case, or clinical issue. Submission must include a title, abstract and educational learning objectives. 30 minutes Individuals may participate on only two accepted symposia, workshops, roundtables, or individual presentations (nonpresenting authors excluded); more than two abstracts may be submitted.
  • All accepted presenters must register for the conference.
Research Poster Presentations

Individual presentation in a poster format sharing new research findings on topics related to anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, depression, and related topics. Submission must include a title and abstract.

  • New for 2014! Late-Breaking Research Poster Abstracts (New, cutting-edge high-impact research; up to 10 will be accepted based on scientific quality and novelty of research.)
90 minutes Abstracts must include at least preliminary analysis of data.
Individuals may present only two accepted posters (nonpresenting authors excluded); more than two abstracts may be submitted.
  • Poster presenters must be present at session.
  •  Accepted posters should include a QR code when presented
  • All accepted presenters must register for the conference.

Educational Learning Objectives

These objectives are statements that focus on the learner and clearly describe what an attendee will learn, know, or be able to do as a result of the proposed program. 

To write objectives that comply with CE and CME guidelines, use action verbs that describe measurable behaviors: analyze, apply, assess, create, compare, demonstrate, describe, discuss, explain, plan, practice, predict, recognize, summarize, use, utilize, etc. 


  • Recognize difference between acute and traumatic stress.
  • Apply novel techniques when treating patients with comorbid anxiety and depression.
  • Practice relaxation and breathing techniques.
  • Analyze demonstrations of CBT in novel settings.
  • Summarize genetic advances in our understanding of related disorders.

Do not use these words: understand, learn, know, appreciate, become aware of, or become familiar with. You will be asked to rewrite your objectives if you include these words. Do not write “Participants will learn about OCD.”

Review of Abstracts

All abstracts are peer-reviewed and ranked on the basis of quality, merit, and the criteria listed below. Presenters may be asked to incorporate changes recommended by reviewers to qualify for acceptance.

View sample abstracts.

  • 350-word maximum for all abstracts
  • Importance and scope of topic
  • Scientific merit of the topic and presentation of new research
  • Relevance to understanding underlying mechanisms and neurobiology
  • Presentation of clinical effectiveness research for anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and depression
  • Translation of research from bench to bedside
  • Relevance to the clinical management of anxiety and depressive disorders
  • Advanced level of content targeting experienced audiences in both practice and research
  • Diversity, quality, and depth of the topic as described in the abstract and/or detailed workshop outline
  • Balance and objectiveness of the topic  as presented in the abstract

Program Overview

Submissions are not limited to the conference theme and they should cover topics across the lifespan. Research should be new, relevant, and high quality. Presenters of clinical practice sessions should promote advanced skills acquisition and training and discussion of complex and refractory cases. ADAA encourages submissions presenting diverse perspectives; for example, translation of basic to clinical research or treatment involving both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.

Science and practice of personalized treatment-matching strategies for anxiety and mood disorders. Methodological advances fostering the identification of biomarkers of response, such as mixed-methods approaches, qualitative data approaches, and web-based trainings.
Acquisition of skills related to CBT, ACT, DBT, IPT, EMDR, exposure, functional analysis, and other psychotherapies. Basic research on developmental psychopathology, genetics, neuroimaging, and animal models as it pertains to anxiety, depression, and fear.
Research and application of pharmacotherapies; combination and novel treatments in children and adults. Science and practice involving the use of technology, telemedicine, and social media in treatment and/or adjunct to treatment.
Symposia that bring together those in practice and research to discuss and debate topics that result in innovations and improvement of outcomes for patients, especially those with refractory disorders. Comparative-effectiveness research highlighting the application of the findings to improve treatment in standard, primary care, and novel settings and with special populations.
Practice and research related to the relative effectiveness of manualized treatment versus targeted application of empirically supported treatment strategies. Research encouraging relevant and timely discussions about access, delivery of services, health literacy, payment, mental health parity, and legislation.
Translation of personalized evidence-based treatment to new contexts and settings, countries, and cultures designed to decrease health disparities and minimize the research-practice gap. Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments applied in everyday practice for treating complicated and treatment-resistant cases of anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, depression, anxiety and comorbid mental illnesses, and anxiety and psychosomatic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, eating disorders, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, heart disease, substance abuse, IBS, and suicide risk.

Online Submission Process

All submissions must be made through the ADAA online submission site. Operated by Oasis, this system has been optimized for current browsers Internet Explorer 7 and above (PC) and Safari 3.2 (Macintosh). Mozilla Firefox is not recommended because it is incompatible with Oasis. JavaScript must be enabled in your browser preferences for the system to function properly. 

You will be able to log in with your user name and password if you have submitted in the past. If you are new to ADAA, select “Create New Account.” You may also search via thePeople Lookup function to insert contact information about co-authors and other presenters on your session. Individuals are included in People Lookup only if they have presented previously.

A help desk is available Monday through Friday during business hours to answer your technical questions. E-mail questions about content to Jennifer Richards.

Continuing Education Guidelines

As a provider of continuing education, ADAA complies with all policies and guidelines from the AACME, American Psychological Association, National Association of Social Workers, and National Board of Certified Counselors. All sessions at the ADAA conference except New Research Poster Sessions offer CME and CE credit. 

The AACME has clarified that employees of commercial interests (pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical-device companies) cannot participate as presenters, moderators, abstract authors (whether presenting or not), or in other roles that influence content for a session that is certified for CME credit. Authors employed by commercial interests can submit an abstract for a New Research Poster Session and present it if accepted following peer review.

This activity is being planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Blackwell Futura Media Services and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Blackwell Futura Media Services is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

To qualify the conference for continuing medical education (CME) credit for physicians in attendance, ADAA must comply with policies set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). All presenters and authors (including non-presenting authors of oral submissions) must complete online disclosure and conflict of interest forms. All CME providers are required to implement mechanisms to identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the education activity being delivered to learners. Any presenter who has a commercial interest and is presenting material related to it is considered to have a conflict of interest and is subject to restrictions.

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