Summer is here, and another APA convention is almost upon us. This year promises to be well worth the trip, and not just for the location! From a divisional perspective, the upcoming convention promises to be one of the most interesting conventions in recent years. As noted elsewhere in this edition of TAN, SoAP has a ton of great stuff scheduled, including symposia, poster sessions, and social hours.
Several events at the convention are of particular interest to SoAP’s student members. Don’t miss the NIDA/NIAAA Early Career Investigators Poster Session and Social Hour at the Hilton Village Beach Resort, Coral Ballroom IV on Sunday, August 2nd from 3:00 to 4:50 pm. This social hour is open to all convention attendees and will offer great networking opportunities with top addiction researchers and NIH staff (as well as free food!). Get more involved with SoAP or meet fellow members by attending the Division 50 Business Meeting and Award Ceremony (2:00 to 2:50 pm in the Lehua Suite). The Business Meeting and Award Ceremony is open to all SoAP members. Check out the first ever Joint Division 6, 28 & 50 Poster Session on Neuroscience and Addiction in Kamehameha Exhibit Hall at the Convention Center on Friday, August 2nd from 9:00 to 9:50 am.
Attend a panel discussion with audience participation that aims to bring together researchers and clinicians—Community-Based Participatory Research: Reaching Across the Research-Practice Gap—on Wednesday, July 31st from 8:00 to 9:50 am. Also of interest is the symposium Gender Differences and Substance Abuse Treatment—The Lab, the Clinic, and Health Care Reform, Friday, August 2nd from 3:00 to 4:50pm. Speakers will attempt to bridge research-practice issues in addiction treatment, particularly as they relate to women.
Division 12 (Clinical) also offers opportunities for students that are relevant to many SoAP members. If you are in a clinical program and are applying to internship in the near future then go to Selecting and Applying to a Pre-Doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship, on Wednesday, July 31st from 11:00 am to 12:50 pm. For those a little further down the track you might consider How to Survive and Thrive As an Early Career Psychologist—Making the Most of Your Degree, on Sunday, August 4th from 1:00 to 1:50 pm. SoAP is offering a free year of membership to all students attending the APA convention this year, whether they be new or returning members. Keep an eye out for application forms at the APAGS stand and student poster sessions at the convention!
Lastly, I want to introduce you to Lauren Hoffman from the University of Florida, who is the newly appointed Student Representative to the Executive Board of the SoAP. Welcome, Lauren!
From Lauren Hoffman:
Hi, I’m Lauren Hoffman. I am excited to have been recently named to serve as the non-voting Student Representative for SoAP. I completed my bachelor’s in psychology at San Diego State University in 2011. There, I was fortunate to assist in the collection and analysis of data for a developmental laboratory that specialized in fMRI. Currently, I am a third year psychology graduate student at the University of Florida, specializing in behavioral cognitive neuroscience. I am working with Sara Jo Nixon in the Neurocognitive Laboratory where our work focuses on the neurobehavioral and psychosocial effects of alcohol and other drug abuse and dependence as well as moderate alcohol consumption. My most recent APA/SoAP presentation was at the Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction joint mid-year conference where I presented a poster entitled Moderate Alcohol and Age: Effects on Set-Shifting.
Currently, I am studying the differential effects of acute low dose alcohol on older men and women and anticipate obtaining my Master of Science degree within the year. As my skills as an investigator progress, I hope to narrow my focus to the study of addiction and recovery. I am currently writing a National Institutes of Health F-series fellowship proposal for a study of treatment seeking alcohol dependent women and their neural response to emotional face stimuli using brain electrophysiology and measures of affect and interpersonal stress. As an addiction psychology enthusiast and a SoAP member, I am honored and delighted to accept the position of Student Representative on the SoAP’s Board. I thoroughly I thoroughly look forward to serving my term!