In this issue
Words from the Candidates
Three Division 28 positions are up for election: President, Member-at-Large and Council Representative. Candidate for all three positions have provided written statements in this edition of the newsletter to help Division 28 members make an informed choice for the upcoming election. Please be sure to vote for your favorite candidates!
Scott E. Bowen, PhD
It is an honor to be nominated by my peers as a candidate for President of Division 28 and I sincerely thank those that nominated me. I joined APA and Division 28 in 1994 shortly after receiving my PhD in Experimental Psychology and I have remained a member for nearly 20 years. In 2009, I was honored with Fellow status in APA based in part on my continued research interests in psychopharmacology and the neurobehavioral problems associated with abusing neurotoxic chemicals and drugs (especially abused inhalants). I strongly believe that the APA, especially Div.
28, serves a paramount role in promoting exchanges among scientists regarding new and progressive research in the field of behavioral pharmacology; and communicating those findings to the public promotes effective policies for treatment. If elected as President-Elect for the Division, I would bring my leadership experience from other organizations such as the Behavioral Toxicology Society, which has given me invaluable leadership experience that will enhance the proceedings and decisions for our Division and benefit our organization. As president, I will continue to a) promote the visibility and membership of APA and our division, b) work to increase the involvement of students and young scientists, and c) increase communication among the divisions of APA on issues critical to the membership of APA. In summary, I would be honored to serve as President of Division 28 and advance the mission of Division 28 and APA.
Anthony Liguori, PhD
Our Division’s mission is to promote teaching, research and dissemination of information on the behavioral effects of drugs. For the past 17 years, I have been studying the behavioral pharmacology of commonly used drugs in humans. I have a passion for training students in this discipline. My initial training was in animal behavioral pharmacology, so I have an appreciation and understanding of many interests of our membership. I have been a Division 28 Member for over 20 years and a Fellow since 2008. As a doctoral student in psychology, the APA Convention was the first national scientific meeting I ever attended. Since then, I have endeavored to contribute to the Division. As Program Chair in 1999, I instituted the plenary format for the Awards lectures, as well as a predoctoral poster award. Subsequently, I have served on the Executive Committee as Awards Chair and Member-at-Large.
I am honored to be nominated for President of Division 28. I view this position as an opportunity to guide the Division toward further recognition and growth. If elected, my personal mandate will be to increase both membership and Convention attendance. When I first attended APA as a graduate student, I was thrilled to be introduced to researchers who shared my scientific interests. My goal is to introduce a new generation of behavioral pharmacologists to the same intellectual stimulation and collaborative opportunities I discovered at my first Convention. In doing so, I hope to lay the foundation for the next several decades of Divisional prominence.
Matthew Johnson, PhD
Please consider my candidacy for Division 28 Member-at-Large. I have become increasingly involved in Division 28 since my first APA convention in 2000. Division 28 has become an important outlet for my scientific work, as evidenced by authoring 12 presentations and chairing three symposia. In 2010 I served as Convention Program Chair under the leadership of President Hendree Jones. Through this role I have become increasingly familiar with the workings of the Division, and still actively participate in Division 28 Executive Committee conference calls. Throughout, it has been the development of collegial and personal relationships in the Division that has proven most rewarding. I envision APA, particularly Division 28, as a group of scientists, educators, and clinicians who are united by a strong common mission of bringing the power of psychological science to bear on critical issues for humanity, including those surrounding substance abuse and psychopharmacology. Facilitating interaction among members, therefore, is essential to developing a strong Division. I hope to continue contributing to the Division along these lines by serving as Member-at-Large. Member-at-Large responsibilities include representing the general membership at the Executive Committee meetings, serving on panels to review Division awards, and carrying out other duties for the Division President. My background in the Division shows I have the skills and experience to serve in this role, and I would be honored to do so if elected. Regardless of election results, I look forward to participating in and serving Division 28 for years to come.
Drake Morgan, PhD
I am honored to even be considered for the Member-at-Large position. I have been involved in APA and Division 28 since 1999 when I was lucky enough to present my research at the annual convention and receive the Levitt Best Dissertation award. Just a few years later, I received the Wyeth Young Psychopharmacologist Award from Division 28, and I have been active ever since. One of the positions that I believe makes me most suited for Member-at- Large was serving as Secretary for the Division from 2004 through 2007. Having worked closely with 4 Presidents and various versions of the Executive Committee provided a behind- the-scenes view of many of the issues that are faced by the Division and are important to the membership. I would welcome the opportunity to become more directly involved in the activity of the Division again, through the duties that Members-at-Large take on, primarily by representing the interests of our diverse membership on the Executive Committee and carrying out the duties assigned by the current President of the Division.
Council Representative Candidates
John Grabowski, PhD
Let us contemplate the merits.
I was honored when nominated as a candidate for Division 28 APA Council Representative. Always candid, I acknowledge less active involvement in APA recently. Multiple activities dictated time for each be abbreviated; ‘multi tasking’ is a myth, ‘alternate tasking’ the reality. Having returned to the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of Minnesota, after 20 years directing the Substance Abuse Research Center, University of Texas HSC Houston, more discretionary time is available (despite manuscripts, clinical trials, grant reviews, administration). Why devote time to APA Council? I joined APA in 1972 (a callow youth) and have now attained “life membership status”; Nirvana? I served Division 28 (1985 to 2000) as Council Representative, Member at Large, President, etc and have served on APA committees and a Task Force or three. As a Past President with Executive Committee listserv access, I periodically contribute wit, wisdom and annoyance. At Dr. John Roll’s request, I prepared the Division 28 position paper on NIDA-NIAAA integration at NIH. I was invited to expand this for a “Debate” article (Addiction 2010) and stated a clear position: some applauded, some reviled, others yawned. Still, both pieces considered perspectives of canvassed Division 28 members. I have great interest in issues germane to members and can be persistent and articulate in their representation. Based on past experience and current reports, I recognize APA Council, like all such bodies, is not always a bastion of policy making at its best. Attributed to Otto von Bismarck is the quote: “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made”. Still, it is important. Accepting a call to candidacy resides in a belief in “serving the communities” to which one belongs. If trounced by colleague and candidate, Dr. Roll, I will continue to serve Division 28 and APA when occasions arise. Enough said?
John Roll, PhD
It is a genuine pleasure to be considered for the position of Division 28 Council Representative. Should you elect me to this position, I would do my utmost to serve the membership’s interest. My activity would be guided by a strong belief that, as scientists and clinicians, we have a common set of goals in understanding, treating, and ultimately preventing addiction and its associated conditions. I am frankly troubled by the acrimony that seems to be de rigueur in many scientific societies today. I endorse a multi-directional approach to our work in which clinicians, patients (and family members), and researchers work in collaboration to eradicate addictive conditions. It is in this collaborative approach that I see the best hope for the future of the Division’s work. Finally, I’d like to say that my “opponent” Dr. John Grabowski is a man of tremendous prestige in our field. He has advised me on several occasions throughout my career. Should he be elected I would pledge to do everything in my power to assist him in representing the Division’s interests.