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Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Annual Meeting

The annual Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction (CPA) meeting was initiated in 2013 to provide a forum for the presentation of novel research findings and clinical practice approaches to the treatment of addiction. The CPA meeting focuses on fostering collaboration from addiction research-to-practice-to-policy. 

Contextual Influences on the Etiology and Treatment of Addiction

March 15 - 17, 2018

Le Méridien Tampa, Florida

The 2018 Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Meeting will feature two keynote talks from Drs. Mary Larimer and Thomas Brandon, three pre-conference workshops, symposium sessions, integrated clinical training,  poster presentations, and numerous opportunities for networking during breaks, social hours, and meals.  The theme for the meeting recognizes that although a variety of relatively stable personality and biological risk factors influence substance use, contextual variables such as the availability of alternatives, stressful life events, and physical and social setting also influence the development, progression, and remission of addictive behaviors. These variables can also be harnessed to enhance prevention and treatment efforts. The sessions at CPA 2018 will consider the contextual influences on the etiology and treatment of addiction, as well as introduce exciting new addiction research and clinical practice innovations in the treatment of addiction. Earn up to 17 continuing education credits!

Symposia (75 minutes), Clinical Mini-Courses (up to 2 hours), and Poster Sessions for CPA 2018 may include (but are not limited to):

  • New approaches to addiction science–from basic laboratory research to epidemiology and policy--that may help us to better understand the etiology and nature of substance-related risk
  • New approaches for assessing substance use and contextual factors that might shed light on substance-related risks
  • Novel interventions and treatments that address contextual factors or existing interventions/ treatments that have been adapted to alter or enhance environmental or contextual influences 
  • New approaches to adopting, disseminating, and enhancing evidence-based practices to reach larger segments of the population and to address disparities
*** Priority will be given to symposia submissions that include presenters across varied career levels, those that involve presenters from different institutions, and translational proposals.  We intend for the Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction meeting to provide a forum for the presentation of novel findings and new ideas for collaboration from research-to-practice-to-policy.  

***The Submissions Portal for the 2018 Meeting is now closed.***

Symposia and clinical mini-course proposals due September 22, 2017

Poster proposals due November 10, 2017

Download the  Schedule at a Glance (pdf), the Continuing Education Program (pdf) and the Poster Session info (pdf).  Click here for the Program (pdf)!

Pre-Conference Workshops:

Building Skills in Motivational Interviewing. This workshop is designed to practice application of Motivational Interviewing skills to reduce risky behaviors, with a particular focus on alcohol and cannabis misuse; it is assumed that participants will already have acquired a solid foundation in the basic skills and spirit of Motivational Interviewing prior to this workshop.  Presented by Jessica M. Cronce, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services at the University of Oregon, and Director of the Family and Human Services Program. Dr. Cronce has over a decade of experience conducting research on the etiology, maintenance, prevention and treatment of addictive behaviors, in particular, problematic alcohol use and gambling among college students and other young adults.  Her research interests also extend to how drug use, dietary behaviors and level of physical activity interact with alcohol use to predict overall health risk in this population.  Dr. Cronce has co-authored numerous publications on the topic of individual-focused alcohol prevention, including three large-scale reviews in 2002, 2007 and 2011, the first of which helped form the basis of recommendations made by the NIAAA Task Force on College Drinking. Building on this work, Dr. Cronce was invited to serve as one of three leading researchers on the individual-level strategies development team for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s College Alcohol Intervention Matrix (College AIM) project.  Dr. Cronce’s research experience is complimented by her training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which she has applied to the treatment of substance use disorders, eating disorders, gambling disorder, and other disorders marked by emotion dysregulation.  Dr. Cronce is licensed as a psychologist in Washington and Oregon.

Quantitative Methods for Addiction Psychology. This workshop is designed to introduce a range of quantitative research methods and data analytic techniques that are commonly used in addiction psychology research.  This workshop will be geared toward individuals (students, early career psychologists, mid- and senior career psychologists) who are working with data from addictive behaviors research, including etiology, laboratory, prevention, and intervention/treatment studies or interested in learning more about quantitative methods in order to become a better consumer of research in addiction psychology.  The workshop will review and discuss methods for dealing with common distributional issues that arise in studying addictive behaviors (e.g., zero-inflation, bimodality, and heterogeneity), methods for analyzing longitudinal addictive behaviors data, and methods for handling missing data.  Hands-on training in analyzing data using Mplus and R statistical programs will be provided.  Presented by Katie Witkiewitz, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at the University of New Mexico with a joint appointment at the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions.  The underlying theme of her research is the development of empirically-based models of substance use, with an emphasis on applying advanced quantitative research methods to better understand changes in substance use behavior over time.  Dr. Witkiewitz is also a licensed clinical psychologist and has worked extensively on the development of a theoretical model of biopsychosocial influences on substance use relapse.  This research has led to her collaborative work on the development and evaluation of mindfulness-based relapse prevention for substance use disorders.  She has conducted numerous empirical studies on the prediction of alcohol relapse following treatment for substance use disorders, mechanisms of successful alcohol treatment outcomes, as well as the development of interventions to prevent alcohol and substance use relapse.  Her research has been supported by grants from the National Institute on Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Cancer Institute.  

***FREE WORKSHOP*** Building a Successful NIH Grant Application: Connecting Scientific Priorities and Policies.  This workshop is designed to provide information to both early stage and experienced investigators about NIAAA’s Strategic Plan priorities, NIH grants processes, recent changes in policies, and how to craft a competitive application.  Part I is intended for those who are new to the NIH grants process –new and early stage investigators, researchers, and graduate students.  A brief overview will be provided about grant mechanisms for individuals early in their research careers, steps in the grant submission/review process, and summary statement interpretation.  Emphasis will be given to NIAAA’s Strategic Plan priorities, how to align funding opportunities to your research idea, how to develop a strong application, profiting from reviews, NIH policy changes, and an open discussion about how training/career awards influence career trajectories. Part II is designed to update experienced investigators about NIAAA’s Strategic Plan priorities, NIH peer review assignment processes, changes in NIH policies related to clinical trials, Single IRB policy, and tips for serving as mentors on fellowship/career applications. Presented by Mariela C. Shirley, PhD, is a Health Scientist Administrator (HSA) in the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research (DEPR) at the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).  Dr. Shirley earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University.  She is a fellow of the Society of Addiction Psychology (Division 50) of the American Psychological Association (APA), and in 2012 received the APA Meritorious Research Service Commendation Award.  Her research expertise areas include behavioral interventions, psychiatric comorbidity, and behavioral medicine.  Her DEPR research portfolio focuses on screening and brief interventions, underage/college drinking, comorbidity, and military/veteran populations. 

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 February 10, 2018 and will incur a $50 processing fee. No refunds/cancellations after February 10, 2018.

The conference hotel room block is now sold out.  Please see this list of alternative hotels (pdf) nearby.

Conference Location

Le Méridien Tampa is part of the National Register of Historic Places, the century-old Historic Federal Courthouse has been transformed into Le Méridien Tampa. Stunning architecture juxtaposes with modern touches in the arts and entertainment district of downtown Tampa. Contemporary facilities include a business centre and a 24-hour fitness centre. Bizou Brasserie serves signature French comfort food, and Longitude Bar encourages mingling. The hotel’s 130 exquisite guest rooms and suites blend historic features with inviting comforts and state-of-the-art technology to ensure memorable experiences. Wood window trim and beautiful doors evoke the rooms’ past as judges’ chambers.

Le Meridien at Dusk

Transportation Information:

Address: 601 North Florida Avenue, Tampa FL 33602

Closest Airport: Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Distance: 8 miles

Taxi ~ $25/flat rate one-way

Ride share services (Uber and Lyft) ~ $10-$16/one-way

Other ground transportation options (shuttles, public transportation)

*Note, Orlando International Aiport (MCO) is approximately 84 miles from Tampa and may provide more (and cheaper) flight options from some cities.

About Tampa:

Downtown Tampa offers a variety of restaurants, nightlife, museums, and entertainment attractions along a beautiful waterfront setting. Take a stroll along the Riverwalk, a pedestrian trail that includes park areas, artwork, and city views.  Coast Bike Share allows you to rent bicycles at a variety of hubs. 

Head towards Channelside for more dining options, visit the Florida Aquarium, and watch cruise ships depart. Or cross over onto Bayshore Boulevard, a picturesque street bordering the Hillsborough Bay containing dolphins, stingrays, and the occasional pirate ship. 

A trolley from Downtown will bring you to Ybor City (pronounced E-bor), a historic neighborhood originally founded by Cuban immigrants in the cigar industry. Today, the traditional Spanish architecture hosts an eclectic assortment of restaurants, shopping, and museums.
A 40-minute drive from Downtown Tampa will bring you to Downtown St. Petersburg, home of the Salvador Dali Museum, the Chihuly Collection, and even more waterfront shopping and dining. Continue another 20 minutes to arrive at award-winning St. Pete Beach.  

Download the 2018 CPA Sponsorship Prospectus for more information about sponsorship and advertising opportunities for the 2018 Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction meeting.  Sponsorships 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.  Contact Dr. Brandon Bergman at if you have questions about sponsorship and advertising options.

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