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.
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. We are excited to announce that the annual Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction 2021 meeting will be held virtually this year! The meeting will occur Wednesday March 17th through Friday March 20th. Our priority is to provide a safe and positive conference experience that will incorporate many aspects of CPA that have become pillars of the conference over the last several years, including the mentorship lunch and wellness activities.
Since we were unable to hold the 2020 CPA conference as planned due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Program Committee has decided to focus the 2021 CPA conference on the same theme: 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 excited to announce that accepted symposia from CPA2020 have been given the opportunity to present during CPA2021. Therefore, there will not be a separate call for symposium sessions for CPA2021. The call for poster abstracts has already closed.
Diversity Statement (PDF)
The 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 excited to implement several initiatives for CPA. These include continuing to engage our CPA Diversity Committee in conference planning, offering a diversity-focused panel in an expanded venue to allow for greater participation, continuing the 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 continue to move our conference 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.