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2020 Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Meeting

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Substance Use and Addictive Behaviors across the Lifespan

April 2 - 4 2020

Hotel Solamar, San Diego, CA


Update March 31, 2020: The CPA2020 Virtual Poster Session will be hosted on Twitter on April 16-17. Follow APA Division 50 (@APAdivision50) and hashtags #CPA2020 #AddictionPosters2020 on Twitter. If you would like to submit your poster or talk for the poster sesison, please contact Julie Cristello ( for more information. Please submit your posters as soon as posisble, ideally no later than April 3, 2020. We have posted the CPA2020 Conference Program online in two places. A link to the program hosted on the CPA conference website is available here: CPA2020 Conference Program. The program has also been posted to Open Science Framework (see If you wish to cite the program on your CV or other materials, please use the following DOI / citation:

Society of Addiction Psychology. (2020, March 31). Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction (CPA) 2020 Conference Program. Retrieved from  doi: 10.17605/OSF.IO/XGY9K


Update March 12, 2020: It is with great disappointment that we must inform you that the 2020 Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction (CPA) meeting will not take place as planned in San Diego, CA from April 2nd through 4th. The conference organizers have been carefully monitoring developments in the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and we have decided that the potential risk of exposing our attendees to the virus outweighs the potential benefits of the meeting. There are no plans to reschedule the 2020 meeting. Please see the following letter for details on registration refunds and other important information. We are planning to old a Virtual Poster Session sometime in April. Please check this website for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Michael Amlung ( or Elizabeth Aston ( Click here to view a full statement from the Society of Addiction Psychology concerning CPA2020 (posted March 12, 2020). 


Update March 2, 2020: The health and well-being of CPA2020 attendees is of the utmost importance to us. We are actively monitoring the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) via local, state, and federal public health agencies, while moving forward with plans to deliver an exceptional meeting. As of Monday March 2, 2020, no decision to cancel or change the conference has been made. We will follow guidance and recommendations of government agencies when making final decisions about the conference. We will continue to post updates here and on social media ( Click here to view a full statement from the CPA2020 Program Co-Chairs (posted March 2, 2020). 




The Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction (CPA) annual conference is sponsored by Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology) 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 2020 conference is our 8th Annual CPA and we are excited to offer an extended schedule comprising three full days of keynote addresses, symposia, panel discussions, poster sessions, and numerous opportunities for networking.

CPA 2020 Announcement

The theme for the 2020 CPA conference focuses on substance use and addictive behaviors across the lifespan. In recent years, there have been numerous exciting research initiatives exploring addictive behaviors across all stages of development, from youth through older adults. As the older adult segment of our population continues to grow, considering substance use and other addictive behaviors among these individuals is of critical importance for researchers and clinicians alike. We look forward to featuring two keynote addresses by Dr. Sara Jo Nixon (University of Florida) and Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin (Yale School of Medicine) that will highlight exemplary research and clinical practice at both ends of the lifespan. We are also thrilled to welcome Dr. George Koob, Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to present a Special Lecture on NIAAA's priorities related to lifespan research on addictive disorders. We are actively encouraging symposium and poster submissions that align with the conference theme, however fit with the theme is not a requirement for peer review or acceptance of proposals. 

Scenes from CPA2019 Providence, RI
Scenes from the 2019 CPA Conference in Providence, RI


Diversity Statement (PDF)

The 2020 Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction (CPA) Conference is committed to the inclusion of scientists, clinicians, and learners from diverse backgrounds who have a shared interest in understanding and treating addictive disorders. 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. At CPA, we want every participant to feel welcome, included, and safe at the conference. To accomplish this, 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.. Based on attendee feedback from previous conferences, we are implementing several initiatives for CPA2020. These include establishing a CPA Diversity Committee, offering a diversity-focused panel in an expanded venue to allow for greater participation, creating a Diversity Travel Award program, providing presenters with a diversity tip sheet to enhance inclusion and respect for diversity in presentations, and reaching out to a broader community to enhance attendance by members of underrepresented groups. We believe these initiatives are a step in the right direction, but we also recognize that this is an ongoing process that takes time and attendees are encouraged to speak with the program chairs regarding any concerns about diversity and inclusion at CPA. We are committed to diversity in the communities we bring together, and we welcome your contributions to balanced representation of the richness of our collective conference experience.


Meet the CPA 2020 Program Committee

Program Co-Chairs
Michael Amlung, Ph.D., McMaster University (
Elizabeth Aston, Ph.D., Brown University (

Conference Coordinator
David White, Reisman-White (

View the Complete Program Committee List

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Symposium and Poster Submissions:

The submission portal for CPA2020 is now closed. 

CPA2020 represents a tremendous opportunity to present your work and learn about the latest in addiction psychology research! We are currently accepting submissions for symposium sessions and poster presentations. Each submission will be reviewed and rated by a minimum of 2 PhD-level peer reviewers. The following three criteria will be scored: Overall Quality / Importance; Innovation / Originality; Approach / Methodology. As noted below, fit with conference theme is not a requirement of the peer review or acceptance process. Note, poster submissions for CPA 2020 are limited to one abstract submission per first-author. Although attendees may be listed as co-authors on multiple abstracts, you may only submit one poster as first author.


Information on Travel and Registration Awards:

Announcing the CPA2020 Travel and Registration Award Recipients (PDF)

Supporting trainees and early career investigators has been a primary focus of the CPA meeting since its inception. Consistent with this mission, we are pleased to offer a limited number of travel and registration waiver awards to help offset the costs of attending CPA 2020. Note, selection of awardees is competitive and based on quality of submitted proposals. Awards will be presented in each of the following categories: 1) Graduate student; 2) Postdoctoral fellow; 3) Early career faculty/clinician, defined as within 10 years of terminal degree; and the 4) Nancy M. Petry Mid-Career Travel Award, defined as 10+ years post terminal degree at the Associate Professor or equivalent level.

Specific award amounts will be determined at a later date based on available funding. Awardees from the San Diego area will be receive a registration waiver only. Awardees from outside San Diego will receive a registration waiver, and a limited number of the highest ranked proposals may also receive a monetary award to be used toward travel expenses depending on available funds. The number and monetary amount of awards will be decided by the Program Committee.

There is no separate application for travel awards; presenters indicate their career status in the symposium / poster submission portal. When submitting your abstract, please indicate that you are a member of one of the categories (graduate student, postdoc, early/mid-career faculty). Presenters who endorse one of these categories will be considered for an award.

Additional details on travel awards can be found in the CPA2020 Travel Award Guidelines.

CPA2019 Travel Awardees


CPA2020 Diversity Travel Awards:

Announcing the CPA2020 Diversity Travel Award Recipients (PDF)

The CPA2020 Program Committee is committed to increasing inclusion and opportunities for trainees from underrepresented minority groups to attend the conference and present their research. Following a recommendation from the CPA Diversity Committee, we are announcing the creation of Diversity Travel Awards for CPA2020 sponsored by the Society for Addiction Psychology. Two awards will be given for the 2020 conference, one to a graduate student and one to a postdoctoral fellow.

For more information, please view the CPA2020 Diversity Travel Award Guidelines

We are pleased to announce an expanded 3-day program for CPA 2020. Based on feedback from the 2019 conference, the Program Committee has decided to extend the conference to three full days of exciting content, including keynote addresses, symposium sessions, panel discussions, poster sessions, and numerous opportunities for networking during breaks, social hours, and meals. This expanded schedule will include several additional concurrent symposium/panel sessions compared to previous years. This will allow the Program Committee to meet increased demand based on high proposal submission rates in recent years. Importantly, pre-conference workshops will not be offered for CPA 2020. The NIH funding workshop will now be offered as a panel discussion with Program Officers and Directors from NIDA/NIAAA who will be available to answer questions about research grants and funding for trainees. Finally, we are excited to focus on the importance of healthy living and mindfulness by organizing two new wellness activities for the 2020 meeting. These include an informal group run/walk leaving from the hotel at 7:00am on Friday morning and a facilitated mindfulness meditation exercise on Saturday morning before the poster session. 

Conference Schedule and Program:

The conference will begin in the morning of April 2 with a continental breakfast and official conference opening. After three full days of talks, posters, and conversations, the conference will adjourn at 5:00pm on April 4. 
View the online version of the CPA2020 Conference Program (PDF)
View the Schedule at a Glance (PDF) for an overview of the daily conference schedule. Full conference program will be posted in February/March. 
View the Symposium & Panel Schedule (PDF)
View the Poster Session Schedule (Excel spreadsheet organized by session & by presenter)
View the Poster Abstract Booklet (PDF) - To conserve paper and resources, we will not be publishing poster abstracts in the printed conference program 
View the Full Conference Program (PDF) - Coming Soon!
Announcing our Keynote and Featured Speakers:

Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine

Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. Her research is focused on developing a bio-behavioral understanding of substance use behaviors in adult and adolescent substance users, with the goal of developing optimal prevention and cessation interventions. In the area of adolescent tobacco use, she has conducted qualitative research including focus groups and surveys to understand patterns and perceptions of use of tobacco products, clinical trials to develop and test the use of novel behavioral and pharmacological cessation and prevention interventions, and experimental evaluations of behavioral and neural predictors of use and cessation behaviors. Because of her expertise in youth tobacco use behaviors, she has contributed to the Surgeon General’s report on “Preventing Tobacco Use among Young People” and also serves as a member of the FDA’s Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Krishnan-Sarin is the Co-PI on the Yale Tobacco Centers Of Regulatory Science which is using a multidisciplinary approach to understand the role of flavors in tobacco and nicotine addiction. Dr. Krishnan-Sarin will deliver a Keynote Address titled, "Understanding Youth Use of e-Cigarettes to Inform Intervention Development". 

Sara Jo Nixon, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, College of Medicine, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida

Dr. Sara Jo Nixon is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Florida. She is Chief of the Division of Addiction Research, Director of the UF Center for Addiction Research & Education (CARE), and Director of UF Neurocognitive Laboratory. Dr. Nixon is a Past President of APA Division 50 and a Founding Chair of the CPA Conference. Dr. Nixon uses neurobehavioral methods and models to examine the acute and chronic effects of alcohol and other drugs. Within her clinical research, her team also explores sex differences, the effects of age, and the import of ethnic/racial minority status. Because of the complex nature of substance abuse, Dr. Nixon’s work uses comprehensive behavioral assessments including neuropsychological testing, brain electrophysiology (electroencephalography and event-related potentials), and clinical research interviews. In addition to neurobehavioral research, Dr. Nixon has sustained a strong interest in community outreach and education. Her continued commitment to community outreach is reflected in her on-going work focusing on the cognitive, psychological and social concomitants of substance use. Dr. Nixon will deliver a Keynote Address titled, "WOW! You're Still Drinking at Your Age?".

George F. Koob, Ph.D. Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Dr. George Koob, is an internationally-recognized expert on alcohol and stress, and the neurobiology of alcohol and drug addiction. He is the Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), where he provides leadership in the national effort to reduce the public health burden associated with alcohol misuse. As NIAAA Director, Dr. Koob oversees a broad portfolio of alcohol research ranging from basic science to epidemiology, diagnostics, prevention, and treatment. Dr. Koob will present a Special Lecture on NIAAA's priorities related to research on addictive disorders across the lifespan and he will participate in a moderated Q&A session after his address.


Mentorship and Professional Development Opportunities:

A hallmark of the CPA conference is the extensive opportunities for trainees and early career faculty to interact with senior colleagues in informal settings. Whether it be through conversations during the coffee hours, stimulating discussions about research ideas during the poster sessions, or catching up with old and new friends during the evening social hours, interactions between addictions researchers and clinicians at all career levels are always occurring at CPA. These professional development opportunities are exemplified in the highly popular Mentorship Lunch on Friday afternoon. At the 2019 CPA meeting in Providence, over 75 students and postdocs attended the Mentorship Lunch (photos below) where they conversed with and learned from with prominent addictions researchers and clinicians in an informal luncheon setting while enjoying a free lunch provided by the conference. Many of the trainees who attend CPA comment that these professional development opportunities and social interactions are the highlight of the conference. 

Scenes from the Mentorship Lunch at CPA 2019 in Providence, RI

Access the CPA2020 Registration Portal Here

Registration includes keynotes, symposia, posters, coffee/snack breaks, and social hours (cash bar).  In addition, continental breakfast is provided each day of the conference. Continuing education credits are available for an additional fee. Note, pre-conference workshops will not be offered at the 2020 conference. 

A limited number of Travel and Registration Awards are available for trainees and early/mid-career faculty. See the Travel Awards section in the Call for Papers area above for more details. 


Member $300 $350
Early Career Member $225 $275
Student Member $150 $200
Non-Member $375 $425
Early Career Non-Member $300 $350
Student Non-Member $200 $250

Single Day Registration Member (As of 3/1/2020, all single day registrations are SOLD OUT).

$200 $250
Single Day Registration Non-Member (As of 3/1/2020 all single day registrations are SOLD OUT).   $275 $325
Single Day Student Member - (As of 3/1/2020 all single day registrations are SOLD OUT). $100 $150
Continuing Education Fee $50 $50

Refunds/cancellations must be requested before March 1, 2020 and will incur a $50 processing fee. No refunds/cancellations after March 1, 2020.

Conference Location:

Address: 435 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

We are excited to return to the Hotel Solamar San Diego, the highly popular site of our 2016 CPA conference. In the heart of San Diego’s downtown action, Hotel Solamar claims an ideal East Village address in the Gaslamp Quarter. The relaxed vibe proves an urban oasis, while a dynamic neighborhood bustles just beyond the front door.

CPA has negotiated a room block of standard rooms (single or double occupancy) at the Hotel Solamar. The room block is limited, so attendees are strongly encouraged to book their accommodations early. **Updated: As of February 18, the room block is full for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights. 

The conference rate is $229.00/night + tax and fees. A mandatory Hotel Amenity fee of $10+tax per guestroom per night includes: High Speed Internet in guestrooms, local and domestic long distance calls, select business services, 24-hour access to the on-site fitness center, public bike usage, and yoga classes at the pool during scheduled times. Hosted evening SoCal Hour featuring both Kimpton's traditional wines as well as local beer. Overnight parking for guests is currently $49.00 per night with in and out privileges. Daily parking rate is $15.00 for the first 2 hours, with an additional $6.00 per hour after. Parking rates are subject to change without notice. 

Overflow Hotel Options:

There are several other hotels in the Gaslamp district within walking distance from the Hotel Solamar. We do not have a negotiated rate at these hotels, but a search on February 18 showed prices that are between $240-$300/night. 

Hotel Z Gaslamp Quarter (Website)

Gaslamp Plaza Suites (Website)

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Gaslamp / Convention Center (Website)

Comfort Inn San Diego Gaslamp Convention Center (Website)



Transportation Information:

San Diego International (SAN) Airport is located 3 mi northwest of downtown San Diego. For more information on the location of the hotel and driving directions, visit the Hotel Solamar Website

Please support CPA 2020 by becoming a sponsor, donating as a "Friend of CPA", or purchasing advertising for your organization in the conference program book. For more information about sponsorship and advertising opportunities for the 2020 Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction meeting, contact Dr. Brandon Bergman at Sponsorships can be paid via check, credit card, or paypal. Additional details can be found in our Sponsorship Prospectus


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