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APA Annual Convention

APA Virtual meeting

50 Years of Harm Reduction: Past, Present and Future

August 6 - 9, 2020

Virtual Meeting

The APA 2020 Virtual Convention registration is now open! Fortunately, registration fees have been reduced by 85%, with an APA members rate of $50 and APA student rate of $15, making it more accessible than ever.

The conference will take place from Aug 6-9, with all our Division 50 programming streaming on-demand for those who register from 8/6 at noon until August of next year. APA will have some keynotes and mainstage programming from 12-1:30pm live each day of the conference. Additionally, regardless of APA Convention registration, all Division 50 members will be able to attend our yearly Early Career Poster Session/Social Hour live on Zoom on Friday, Aug 7 from 4-6pm ET, so mark your calendars for that event. And thanks to Dr. Bettina Hoeppner whose R13 from NIAAA and NIDA is making that possible. More news on that to come.

For more details, check out our story about our programming in the SoAP Box


The Society of Addiction Psychology (SoAP) welcomes you to the Virtual 2020 APA Convention, August 6-9, 2020. This is a time of great upheaval in the field. Population-based data have indicated that many of our existing and efficacious treatments are not reaching or engaging the vast majority of people with substance use disorder in this country. There are also big questions about how to best move forward with substance-use research, treatment and policy to address public health crises involving opioids, methamphetamines, cannabis and vaping (among others) that sometimes divide the field. And ongoing marginalization of people who use substances, particularly in Communities of Color, rural areas and socioeconomically depressed communities, are an additional and disturbing manifestation of growing health disparities in the US.

However, these challenges offer opportunities for addiction psychologists to light a path with scientific and clinical advances that can address these topics and help alleviate substance-related harm for people who use substances, their families and their communities. This year we will highlight the Division 50 President’s theme of “50 Years of Harm Reduction: Past, Present and Future.” Harm reduction refers to compassionate and pragmatic approaches that aim to reduce substance-related harm and improve quality of life for people who use substances, their families and their communities.  In keeping with this theme, we encourage submission of programming that:

  • Operationalizes, documents and/or evaluates substance-related harm;
  • Addresses socioeconomic, racial and ethnic disparities in the experience of substance-related harm;
  • Introduces community- and individual-level strengths that can support harm reduction;
  • Emphasizes natural recovery and self-change; and
  • Centers harm-reduction programming, interventions and treatments.

We are also looking forward to receiving submissions from members who are doing cutting-edge work on various topics across the field, including those emphasizing priorities of APA’s 2020 President and Past President. These priorities include contributions of students and early career folks, diversity and inclusion, collaboration across divisions and disciplines, and “Deep Poverty.”

Convention Proposal Submission is CLOSED

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