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2019 Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Meeting

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Addictive Behaviors across Diverse Populations: Innovations in Science and Practice

April 4 - 6 2019

Providence, Rhode Island

The Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction (CPA) annual conference is sponsored by the Division on Addiction Psychology (50) of the American Psychological Association (APA). The meeting provides scientific programing on cutting-edge research and clinical advances across the addiction field. Attendees at all levels, will have the opportunity to connect and exchange ideas with experts in the field while attending a variety of educational and practical sessions. The 2019 CPA meeting will consist of keynote addresses, pre-conference workshops, symposium sessions, panel discussions, poster sessions, and numerous opportunities for networking during breaks, social hours, and meals.

The theme for this conference focuses on addictive behaviors across diverse populations using innovative science to inform clinical practice. We recognize that the inclusion of persons from diverse backgrounds defined in the broadest sense is critically important to understanding the social and contextual factors contributing to addictive behaviors across the lifespan. The sessions at CPA 2019 will consider diversity-related factors in the etiology and treatment of addiction through presentations that include current, cutting-edge research and clinical practice.    

Diversity Statement (PDF)

The Collaborative Perspectives on Addictions (CPA) Conference believes in the inclusion of scientists, practitioners, and learners from diverse backgrounds who have a shared interest in understanding and treating addictive disorders. We believe that this mission is enhanced by a variety of perspectives, and our goal is to create an inclusive, respectful conference environment that invites participation from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientations. We are actively seeking to increase the diversity of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors through our calls for proposals, schedule of conference events, and through dialogue with the larger communities we serve. At CPA 2019, we want every participant to feel welcome, included, and safe at the conference. We also recognize that this is an ongoing process and attendees are encouraged to speak with the program chairs regarding any concerns about diversity and inclusion at CPA 2019. We value diversity in the communities we bring together, and we welcome your contributions to bringing balanced representation of the richness of our collective conference experience. 

Update: Read a Welcome Message from CPA Program Chairs with helpful information on Providence, the conference venue, schedule of events, etc. 

The submission portal for CPA 2019 has closed. 

The program for CPA 2019 will feature keynote addresses, pre-conference workshops, symposium sessions, panel discussions, poster sessions, and numerous opportunities for networking during breaks, social hours, and meals. 

Conference Schedules:

The schedule at a glance and schedule of symposium, panel, and poster sessions is now available. We are thrilled to feature 18 symposia, 3 panel discussions, and over 160 posters during CPA 2019. We do not anticipate major changes to this schedule; however, the program committee will notify session chairs of any necessary changes.


Conference Program / Poster Abstract Book / Continuing Education Program:


Announcing our Keynote Speakers:

Rajita Sinha, Ph.D., Foundations Fund Endowed Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and in Child Study, Yale University

Dr. Sinha is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuroscientist, Chief of the Psychology Section in Psychiatry and Co-Director of Education for the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (home of Yale's NIH supported Clinical Translational Science Award). She is the founding director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Stress Center that focuses on understanding the neurobiology of stress, trauma and resilient versus vulnerable coping mechanisms that promote neuropsychiatric diseases such as alcoholism, other substance abuse, PTSD and other chronic diseases. Her lab also develops and tests novel treatments to address these processes to prevent relapse and risk of stress-related chronic diseases.

Felipe González Castro, Ph.D., Professor, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Arizona State University

Dr. Castro is Professor and Southwest Borderlands Scholar in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University. Dr. Castro is a Hispanic/Latino clinical psychologist with expertise in health psychology. He earned his master’s in social work (MSW) from UCLA, and his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. His program of research examines multivariate models of health behavior and behavior change to promote healthy lifestyles, to prevent drug, alcohol, and tobacco misuse, and to prevent type 2 diabetes. Dr. Castro is the originator of the Integrative Mixed Methods (IMM) methodology, a rigorous methodology for culturally-rich health promotion research with Hispanic/Latino and other vulnerable populations. Dr. Castro has received research support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, from the National Cancer Institute, and recently from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2002 Dr. Castro was inducted as a Fellow of Division 45 of the American Psychological Association. In 2005, he was awarded the Community, Culture and Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research (SPR). He has also served as the President of the Society for Prevention Research from 2013 to 2015. In 2017 he served as the editor of a special issue of the journal, Prevention Science, 18(6), on “Challenges to the Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Prevention Interventions for Diverse Populations.”

Announcing our Pre-conference Workshops:

We are excited to offer three pre-conference workshops on Thursday April 4th. 

Dr. Bruce Liese will lead ”CBT for Addictions: Customizing Your Strategies to Meet the Needs of People from Diverse Backgrounds” - This active, experiential 3-hour workshop will cover strategies for conceptualizing people with addictions, understanding that timely, accurate case conceptualizations are necessary for choosing optimal CBT techniques for individuals from diverse backgrounds. The workshop will focus on the decision-making process that should take place before, during, and after providing CBT to people with addictions. View Flyer for CBT Workshop (PDF)

Drs. Emily Alden Hennesy, Rebecca L. Acabchuk, and Blair Johnson will present “Research Synthesis Best Practices for Addiction Psychology.” This workshop will provide participants concrete best practice recommendations to address the many unique challenges encountered in any type of research synthesis for addiction psychology. This workshop is applicable to all levels of researchers, from students to mid- and senior-level professors. View Flyer for Research Synthesis Workshop (PDF)

Drs. Kathy Etz and Judith Arroyo will present “NIH Funding to Support Research on Addictive Behaviors across Diverse Populations” Learn skills for writing a successful NIH grant application researching addictive behaviors across diverse populations. Workshop includes an introduction to the NIH grant process and application timelines. This workshop will discuss considerations for developing a stand out application and identify common pitfalls of applications in general and as well as those focused on diverse populations.View Flyer for NIH Funding Workshop (PDF)

We have reached the maximum number of registrations for CPA 2019. The Registration Portal is now closed.

**Presenters MUST register for the conference. If you are a presenter and you have NOT registered, please contact Michael Amlung by email ( for instructions on how to register.**

Registration includes including keynotes, symposia, integrated clinical training, and posters, social hours, and receptions.  Continuing education and pre-conference workshops for additional fee.

Member $275 $300
Early Career Member $200 $225
Student Member $150 $175
Non-Member $350 $375
Early Career Non-Member $275 $300
Student Non-Member $200 $225
Single Day Registration Member $175 $200
Single Day Registration Non-Member $250 $275
Single Day Student Member - Limited access registration (does not include social hours or receptions). Student status verification required by letter from mentor presented at registration desk. $50 $75
Pre-Conference 1/2 Day Workshop with Meeting Registration $80 $105
Pre-Conference 1/2 Day Workshop ONLY without Meeting Registration $150 $175
Continuing Education Fee $50 $50

Refunds/cancellations must be requested before March 1, 2019 and will incur a $50 processing fee. No refunds/cancellations after March 1, 2019.

Conference Location:

With European flair and New England charm, our landmark hotel in Providence, RI is steeped in historic character dating back to the 19th century. Step inside old-world charm and let our seasoned staff impress you with our personalized service and meticulous attention to detail. As the only AAA Four Diamond luxury boutique hotel in Providence, we are passionate about providing stellar hospitality, and our personality comes through in all we do. Located in the heart of downtown Providence's vibrant theater district, our culture and passion for the arts are reflected in everything we offer. 

Vintage furnishing, art, and classic novels are sprinkled throughout the hotel. Retire to your sophisticated guestroom or suite fitted with oil paintings from world-renowned artists and sleep soundly amid the city.

The Hotel Providence is completely sold out for the CPA conference. Please visit this link for information about other Nearby Overflow Hotel Options

The hotel provides hotel guests Valet parking an overnight rate of $29. Attendees not staying overnight will be charged a $16 Valet parking fee per day. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Transportation Information:

Hotel address: 139 Mathewson St, Providence, RI 02903

Closest Airport: TF Green

Distance: 9 miles

Uber and Lyft pick up at TF Green and will cost around $15 to the hotel. A taxi will be closer to $40. Weekday MBTA commuter rail service is available between TF Green Airport and downtown Providence (Website: The Providence train station is 0.6 miles, about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. 

Alternative Airport: Boston Logan International 

From some cities, it may be cheaper or more likely nonstop to instead fly into Boston Logan International Airport. From the Boston airport, you can take Uber/Lyft or a cab (~$20) or the Silver Line Bus (free) to South Station, and then take a commuter rail train from South Station to Providence Station. An Uber from Logan is between $60-100, and will be about a one hour trip outside of rush hours. This will not be a good option during rush hour. More information on ground transportation from Boston Logan Airport:

About Providence:

Providence is the capital city of Rhode Island, and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It is home to Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), whose RISD Museum displays American art and silver. Nearby, 18th- and 19th-century homes line the streets of College Hill. Providence is located at the head of Narragansett Bay, with the Providence River running into the bay through the center of the city. The city contains the most coffee and doughnut shops per capita of any city in the country, and is also reputed to have the highest number of restaurants per capita of major U.S. cities. Providence is located about 45 minutes from both Boston and several coastal Rhode Island cities, including the beautiful and historic Newport, RI. 

View the 2019 CPA Sponsorship Prospectus here. For more information about sponsorship and advertising opportunities for the 2019 Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction meeting, contact Dr. Brandon Bergman at bgbergman@mgh.harvard.eduSponsorships can be paid via check, credit card, or paypal. If paying via credit card or paypal you can access the sponsorship payment process via the Registration Page by selecting Sponsorship Only


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