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Editor's Corner

SoAP Box: 
Editor's Corner

Summer 2022

Angelo M. DiBello, PhD

Angelo M. DiBello, PhD
SoAP Box Editor

Victoria Votaw, MS and Melissa Hatch, BA
Student Editors

Hello everyone, welcome to the Summer 2022 SoAP Box (The Addictions Newsletter).

For this issue, be sure to start with Dr. Mark Sobell’s President's Column, focused on the shifts in what is considered successful substance use treatment outcomes. We are also excited to have several spotlights in the issue. First, Dr. Cassie Boness, is featured as the Early Career Psychologist (ECP) spotlight in this issue. We are also happy to have Dr. Tanya Saraiya highlighting her recent publication and important work in our Diversity Science spotlight. Finally, Dr. Scott Walters has provided a faculty perspective on detailing the need for having the right "tools" in research.

In this issue, I am thrilled that my former postdoctoral mentor Dr. Kate Carey agreed to provide useful insights via our Finding Success Through Failure column, detailing her perspective on how to deal with being overcommitted. We are also excited the have a great submission for the Clinical Translations column from Peter Soyster and Leighann Ashlock focused on person-specific predictors of future alcohol drinking-relevant behavior, affect, and cognitions.  

As always, we received great submissions for SoAP Box Sound Bites and Show and Tell which highlight the opinions and contributions of the members that make SoAP what it is today. In particular, the Show and Tell columns highlight intersectionality and the additive impact of multiple forms of oppression on alcohol-related problems among college students as well as the importance of the uptake of open sciences practices Please be sure to read the several important announcements appearing in this issue. First, check out the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (JSAD) announcement detailing their search of a new editor. Next, click on the APA announcements to see all of the upcoming activities both within and between Divisions.

Finally, I am entering the final year of my three year term as editor of the SoAP Box (time flies!) and we are now shifting to finding the next editor. Interested individuals should email me at with a CV and cover letter by September 1, 2022. I am also happy to answer any questions you might have about being editor of the SoAP box. The individual selected to be the next editor will have the opportunity to shadow myself and my brilliant graduate student assistants for the next year to learn the process, ask any questions, and feel ready to take over next summer. 

For the next issue, I am hoping to continue soliciting new content. I am grateful to all those submissions we received for the current issue and I am hopeful that more people will feel comfortable submitting content in the coming issues. Please submit any of the content requested below to me ( by October 15, 2022.

-Diversity Science Spotlight. In this column, we are looking to highlight recently published work or accomplishments by members from backgrounds that are underrepresented in psychological science. We are also interested in promoting research focusing on improving health equity and social justice in historically disadvantaged groups. Send us a link and description of your current projects, awards, or media attention you have received, and any other information that you would like to share with our readers. If you are discussing research focused on improving health equity and social justice, you can also provide additional information about the implications of your research. Please limit responses to 500 words.

-SoAP Box Sound Bites. In 50 words or less, please respond to the following prompt— What made you interested in the work you do? Put another way, what’s the hook that keeps you engaged in your research space.

-Show and Tell. This is the place to show off your recent accomplishments, accolades, awards and/or to and highlight the cool ways in which you promote your lab (websites, Facebook pages, Instagram accounts, etc.). Send us a link and description of your current projects, awards, or media attention you may have received, and any other information that you would like to share with our readers. Please limit responses to 200 words.

-Clinical Translation. Do you have any recently published work that you wish you would have had more room in the manuscript to discuss clinical implications and applications? We would love for you all to share recently published work in this area and give us more information about how your research findings could be useful for clinicians. Please limit responses to 1,000 words.

-Clinician’s Corner. Clinician’s Corner can include creative ideas, important lessons learned, and innovations in practice and implementation. The Clinician's Corner is also a place for clinicians to introduce themselves and talk about their work and accomplishments. Clinical practice members of the Division can inspire and learn from one another. They also can provide fresh ideas and a unique perspective to academicians that could open the door and inspire new research. The Outreach & Dissemination Committee thought this was a way that the clinical voice based on theory, practice, experience, and imagination can be given a new forum within the division.

-Finding Success in Failure. In line with the trend of prominent academics and clinicians sharing their “CVs of Failures”, we want to hear about a time in your career that things didn’t go your way. For this next issue, I am hoping someone will talk about challenges they encountered on the job market, how they handled it, and what perspectives they could offer to other early careers folks who are likely experiencing the same right now.  We are interested in learning what you learned as the result of the experience. Please limit responses to 500 words.

 -Ethical Issues. In this column, we are looking for articles focused on describing ethical issues you may come across in your research and/or addiction-related clinical practice. Specifically, we want to hear what the ethical issue was, how you handled it, and lessons learned. Some examples could be issues related to googling patients, how you handled it when a patient contacted you on social media, or what happens when you run into a research participant out in the real world. Please limit responses to 500 words.   

If you have any suggestions for how we can make the SoAP Box more relevant and impactful for you, please don’t hesitate to let me know. Wanting to see articles on a specific topic? Send your topic ideas to me for upcoming issues. I am always open to ideas for new columns, hot topics to cover, or anything else you think would be useful for our readers.

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