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APA Annual Convention

San Francisco

The Science and Practice of Addiction Psychology: Staying Current in an Ever-Changing World

August 9 - 12, 2018

San Francisco, CA

The 2018 American Psychological Association Convention will be held August 9-12 in San Francisco, CA. This year’s submission deadlines are Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 for collaborative proposals, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 for CE workshop proposals, and Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 for division proposals including symposia, poster presentations, discussion sessions, conversation hours, and skill-building sessions. For further details and to submit go to,

The landscape of addiction psychology is changing at a rapid rate. The last decade has seen an explosion in opioid misuse and related fatalities, the legalization of cannabis in eight states (with many more to follow), and the jettison of the diagnostic criteria of ‘abuse’ and ‘dependence’ from the DSM. Even the language we use to talk about addiction is changing, with a growing movement to expunge pejorative and stigmatizing terms like ‘substance abuser’ and ‘addict’ from the vernacular. These changes have important implications for the science and practice of addiction psychology, hence the theme for the 2018 APA convention: The science and practice of addiction psychology: Staying current in an ever-changing world. In line with the theme, the Society of Addiction Psychology (Division 50) is soliciting proposals that speak to or inform the rapidly changing landscape of addiction psychology. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: substance use disorder treatment with an emphasis on cannabis and opioid use disorders, basic research on behavioral addictions such as gambling and internet gaming disorder, comparisons of chemical versus behavioral addictions, public policies and laws regarding substance use, research on diagnostic nomenclature, and stigma related to addiction. We especially encourage submissions that enhance dialogue between researchers and clinicians, integrate across APA divisions, and demonstrate a commitment to diversity. Proposals for symposia, poster presentations, discussion sessions, conversation hours, and skill-building sessions will be considered (please note that individual paper presentations will not be considered). Those submitting proposals for symposia are strongly encouraged to apply for Continuing Education (CE) review at the time of submission.

The division offers numerous merit-based travel awards for students and early career psychologists. For more information contact Bettina Hoeppner,, or Ezemenari Obasi,

We have an exciting Division 50 program planned. Click here to view or download the schedule of division activities. 

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