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2022 Award Recipients for the SoAP!

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Spring 2022

2022 Award Recipients for the SoAP!

Sherry McKee, Chair Fellows and Awards Committee
Members: Sara Jo Nixon & Carlos DiClemente

The SoAP Fellows and Awards Committee is pleased to announce the following 2022 Award Recipients.

John Kelly: Distinguished Scientific Contributions to the Application of Psychology

Dr. Kelly is the 2022 recipient of the award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to the Application of Psychology. Dr. Kelly is currently the Elizabeth Spallen Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard University, notably the first Endowed Chair in Addiction Medicine at Harvard. Dr. Kelly’s outstanding clinical and research work has focused on addiction treatment and the recovery process, mechanisms of behavior change, and reducing stigma and discrimination among individuals suffering from addiction. Most recently, Dr. Kelly led a landmark effort completing the most comprehensive and rigorous review (notably published in Cochrane) of the effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous and Twelve-Step Facilitation Counselling in our field’s history. The review was cited as “one of the most important pieces of scientific work that has been done in (the recovery) area in many years and is also one that will be widely cited for many years to come.” Additionally, an impressive publication record, mentorship of junior colleagues, and exemplary service to the field all contribute to Dr. Kelly’s exceptional scientific contributions to the application of psychology.

Thomas Horvath: Distinguished Career Contributions to Public Interest

Dr. Horvath is the 2022 recipient of the award for Distinguished Career Contributions to Public Interest. Dr. Horvath is currently the President of the Practical Recovery Psychology Group. Dr. Horvath is an exceptionally qualified candidate for this award based on his more than thirty years of distinguished service as an addiction professional. Dr. Horvath is one of the original co-founders of SMART Recovery International, a non-profit offering free mutual help groups for addictive problems. Founded in 1994, there are now over 3,000 meetings in two dozen countries. Dr. Horvath has been a leading force in SMART, promoting growth, international expansion, and aligning the organization’s values with evolving addiction science.

Angelo M. DiBello: Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions

Dr. DiBello is the 2022 recipient of the award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions. Dr. DiBello received his PhD in Social Psychology in 2015 from the University of Houston. He completed an NIAAA-sponsored T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Brown University and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies at Rutgers University. Dr. DiBello has established several thematic lines of research, including social cognitive factors affecting alcohol use with implications for preventive interventions, understanding the causes and consequences of alcohol-related memory impairment (blackouts), and romantic relationships and alcohol use. Dr. DiBello is a highly productive young scientist with 70 peer-reviewed publications and demonstrated success in obtaining extramural grants. Dr. DiBello is a distinguished early career scientist who is richly deserving of this award.

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