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2020 Annual APA 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.

To get to the Division 50 content:

  1. Here’s our Division 50 program content listing for symposia and skill-building sessions: view the Division 50 Program here
  2. You should have received an email after you registered that gives you your “on-demand” login and password. Hold on to that.
  3. Go to And click on the button that says “Join APA 2020 Virtual.”
  4. Click on the button that says “On Demand.”
  5. From there or before you access programming, you might be prompted to enter your on-demand login and password. That’s the one you received in the APA email.
  6. Pause, take a breath, get some coffee while it loads. Then, scroll down a little and you will see buttons including “Search by Division” or “Search by author” – you can do either, of course.
  7. If you click on “search by division,” you will have Div 1 as the default. You will click arrow down to find and click on “Division 50”  and you will have pulled up all of our posters, symposia, skill-building sessions.
  8. As you scroll down you will see first posters, skill-building sessions and then symposia. And you can click on the screen with the arrow to play that content.

Please scroll down to see how things work for accessing all the convention content.

If you have technical difficulties that are not resolved with the below, APA 2020 Virtual Registration and Login help is available at or you can call: 202-336-6020 or 202-336-5580.


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

Please see our Program for more information about our Division 50/Society of Addiction Psychology program, including our live Zoom event, symposia, skill-building sessions and collaborative symposia highlighting Dr. Sobell’s 2020 theme: “50 Years of Harm Reduction: Past, Present & Future.”

After you check out the program, here’s what we would suggest:


Feel free to contact your 2020 Program Committee chairs with questions:


We would like to give a big thanks to APA, our Division 50 President, Dr. Linda Sobell, the Executive Committee, Education and Training Committee, our Division 28 collaborators, and the Program Committee members for putting in so much work to keep us all connected and engaged during a challenging year.




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