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The 2011 APA Convention in Washington, DC: Change and Innovation in Addictions Treatment, Research, and Policy
Jen Read and Amy Rubin 2011 APA Convention Program Co- Chairs

Get ready! The 2011 APA Convention will be held in Washington D.C. from August 4th–7th. We’ve got a fantastic program scheduled for this year, featuring SoAP (Division 50)-sponsored symposia and poster presentations that will be of broad interest to SoAP clinicians, policy makers, research scientists, and students. A diverse
range of addictive behaviors will be covered, including alcohol, marijuana, nicotine and other drug problems, as well as disordered gambling and eat ing behaviors.
Research and clinical presentations of relevance to populations across the lifespan and across cultures are wel l represented, including a special poster session dedicated to issues pertaining to addictive behaviors in adolescents and young adults. The SoAP (Division 50) has collaborated closely with Division 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse) to sponsor and/or co-sponsor a total of 14 symposia and 3 poster sessions, all on cutting-edge developments in basic and applied research as well as on clinical issues. One thematic thread that runs through this year’s program is that of change and innovation. That is, as the addictions field advances, so to do the needs for treatment, research, and policy. Accordingly, in this year’s program timely issues such as the implications of health care reform for addictions treatment, and diagnosis under the framework of the DSM-V will be featured topics in SoAP-sponsored symposia. Further, as research, prevention, and treatment approaches for addictive behaviors increasingly rely on the Internet and other innovative technologies, many of our presentations will be oriented around these approaches.

We are excited to present SoAP's 2011 APA Convention Programming. The following 2 links will provde all the details you need to schedule your convention planning accordingly.

Overview of SoAP Programming for 2011 APA Convention

Detailed outline of SoAP 2011 APA Convention Programming

As in previous years, the SoAP and Division 28, with generous support from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), will co-sponsor an Early Career Social Hour and Poster Session, during which early career members will have the opportunity to present their work and meet other SoAP members. The SoAP is proud to support student and early career investigators.

Our division is fortunate to receive substantial federal funding for invited speakers and travel awards from
NIAAA and NIDA. The mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), such as NIDA and NIAAA, is to support the scientific research necessary to alleviate drug and alcohol abuse, dependence and related medical andpublic health problems. Many resources (e.g., assessments, prevention and treatment interventions) for substance
abuse have been developed by or with the support of NIDA and NIAAA and are used by practitioners in a wide range of settings. With this in mind, the SoAP and Division 28 have collaborated with NIAAA and NIDA to cosponsor two workshops: “Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much—Using the NIAAA Clinician’s Guide,” and our “Grant Writing Workshop.” We anticipate these workshops will be of significant interest to SoAP members, so please pre-register by e-mailing In addition, NIAAA will once again co-sponsor several SoAP special events that focus on understanding the role of selfregulation in addictive behaviors. These events emphasize both SoAP’s and NIAAA’s interest in promoting the exchange between the clinical practice and research communities. This year we are especially pleased to offer a Practitioners’ Town Hall meeting. The goal of this event is to provide a forum for clinical, educational, policy and other practitioners who use NIDA’s and NIAAA’s research findings to communicate their needs to NIH staff members from the two Institutes. This might include a need for epidemiologic information, therapy approaches and techniques, academic course material, information about substance use consequences, assessment instruments, training standards, etc. Practitioners, rather than researchers or grantees, are the target audience for this event but of course the Town Hall meeting is open to all convention attendees. This might include clinical psychologists, human resources and workplace psychologists, educational and assessment psychologists,prevention and resilience program developers and implementers, policy makers, pharmacologists, teachers, supervisors, those who work in primary care settings, psychologists who work with special populations or on special issues, ethicists, organizational and industrial consultants, counselors, military psychologists, forensic
psychologists, etc.

In addition to voicing questions at the event itself, practitioners also will have the opportunity to send in issues and/or questions in advance. This will allow members of the audience to have the opportunity to anonymously voice their needs and concerns.

This event will be held on Friday, August 5th. Details about the specific time and location will be posted in your Convention Program and also will benoted in the Summer issue of TAN. We look forward to seeing you there!

In addition to the Annual Convention, Washington, DC, boasts a huge number of attractions, including cultural and historical landmarks, and myriad forms of family entertainment. These include the world famous Smithsonian Museums; Botanic Gardens; National Cathedral; the Holocaust Museum; Capitol Hill; the National Zoo; Georgetown shopping and dining; the historic C&O Canal in Georgetown or tackling the scenic
Mount Vernon trail, which begins just across the Potomac River near Arlington Cemetery; and going to theater/music performances (buy half-price same-day theater tickets at Ticket Place at 407 7th Street).

Last but certainly not least, we would like to thank members of the Program Committee whose expedient and thoughtful reviews provided important guidance in making difficult decisions aswe developed this outstanding program. Committee Members include Nancy Barnett, Christopher Barrick, Clara Bradizza, Scott Coffey, Suzanne Colby, Lorraine Collins, Gerard Connors, Rina Eiden, Kerry Grohman, Denise Hein, David Hodgins, Greg Homish, Rebecca Houston, John Hustad, Kristina Jackson, Joseph LaBrie, Carl Lejuez, Steve Maisto, Sherry McKee, Matt Martens, Paige Ouimette, Damaris Rohsenow, Amy Rubin, Julie Schumacher, Jeff
Simons, Paul Stasiewicz, Matthew Tull, Tamara Wall, and Ken Weingardt. Assistants to the Program Chair include Rachel Bachrach, Jeff Wardell, and Leah Vermont. As always, we would like to offer a huge thank you to Jennifer Buckman for her behind the scenes contributions to make it all happen.

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