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Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Conference

The theme for the 2013 conference is "Biobehavioral Research and Implications for Practice"

By Anthony Liguori, PhD

We approach the first annual Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction conference in Atlanta on May 3-4, 2013 with several exciting new developments:

Financial Support From APA

Thanks to the efforts of Sponsorship Co-Chairs John Kelly, PhD, and Katie Witkiewitz, PhD, who developed a superb grant application, I am happy to announce that this inaugural shared conference of Divisions 28 and 50 will receive some financial support from the Committee on Division/APA Relations (CODAPAR)! The outstanding work of Dr. Kelly and Dr. Witkiewitz on the proposal was crucial to establishing the meeting. On behalf of Division 28, I offer them my deepest gratitude.


The theme for the 2013 conference is Biobehavioral Research and Implications for Practice. The conference will emphasize a collaborative “from bench to bedside” approach that integrates animal research, laboratory research with human subjects, and clinical trials.


The conference will take place at the W Atlanta – Midtown, an upscale boutique hotel chosen for its facilitation of dynamic interactions toward our goal of cross-discipline innovation.

Keynote Speakers

Saul Shiffman, PhDDr. Shiffman is a world-renowned researcher in the fields of behavior change and relapse, self-management and self-control, field research methodology, statistical analysis, and addiction and dependence. Since 1991, he has been a professor in the departments of Psychology and Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Shiffman has taught in the departments of psychology and psychiatry and behavioral medicine at various universities, including the University of South Florida, the University of Washington, and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Shiffman has authored or co-authored over 300 published papers on a variety of topics related to psychopharmacology, substance abuse, dependence, relapse, coping, and computerized assessments of behavior, and has presented widely in medical and scientific forums. A fellow of numerous professional societies (including APA Divisions 28 and 50), Dr. Shiffman was awarded the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s Ovid Ferno Award for “ground breaking advances in clinical research.”

Edith V. Sullivan, PhD Dr. Sullivan is professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and a neuropsychologist who has pioneered the study of alcoholism-related brain injury on selective cognitive and motor function. She is the recipient of a Senior Scientist Research and Mentorship Award, a grant for international collaborations on alcoholism research, and an NIAAA MERIT award for studies of neural circuitry modification in alcoholism focused on frontocerebellar systems. Dr. Sullivan is a recipient of the Research Society on Alcoholism Distinguished Researcher Award and is author of more than 250 peer-reviewed papers and numerous chapters and reviews. Dr. Sullivan will present a keynote address on Saturday, May 4, titled “Alcoholism and the Brain: Road to Ruin and Path to Recovery.”


Call for Proposals


Guidelines: Four hours in length
Submission Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012
Restrictions: Four hours in length

Breakout Sessions

Guidelines: 90 minutes in length.
Submission Deadline: Dec. 1, 2012


Guidelines: Poster sessions will be 90 minutes in length
Submission Deadline: Feb. 1, 2012

Information for submission (PDF, 213KB) 

Contact Anthony Liguori or Conference Co-Chair and Division 50 President Sara Jo Nixon with any questions.

We both look forward to your proposals and attendance at this historic event!