2017 APA Convention Update

2017 APA Convention Div. 28 programming

Div. 28 convention programming to include collaborative symposia, posters, and a 1-hour addiction and behavioral science data blitz.

By Kelly Dunn, PhD

Please plan to join us this year in sunny Washington, D.C., for the 125th APA Annual Convention. This year's division programming includes a diverse array of talks and posters that showcases the large breadth of research our members are conducting in the area of psychopharmacology and substance use. In addition to our standard poster session, we are sponsoring several symposia that highlight a range of preclinical and clinical research, and are participating in several collaborative programming sessions in order to disseminate Div. 28 research to other relevant divisions.


  • “Alcohol and Drug Use in Adolescents and Emerging Adults”
  • “Keeping the Bar High- Maintaining Scientific Integrity in a World of Big Business and Mass Media”
  • “Nicotine and Tobacco Use and Assessment among Pregnant and Nonpregnant Women of Reproductive Age”
  • “Novel Methods to Treat Opioid Misuse”
  • “Trends and Technological Approaches to Addressing HIV in Substance Users”

Collaborative Programming

  • “Pot, Psychedelics, and Speed- Exploring Therapeutic Potential of Abused Drugs “
  • “Carrots Taste Better Than Sticks - Positive Reinforcement for Behavior Change “
  • “Past, Present, and Future of HIV/AIDS Science and Practice in Psychology “
  • “Talking Talks: The Use of Emerging Technologies for Effective Oral Communication”
  • “Interdisciplinary Team Research”
  • “Complex Comorbidities of Pain and Disability: Innovative Advances in Research and Treatment “

In addition, we are continuing to highlight our early career psychologist (ECP) and student members. Together with Div. 50 (addiction) we are co-sponsoring the early career poster session and social hour that is supported annually by NIDA and NIAAA. This year we will also host a 1-hour addiction and behavioral science data blitz. The data blitz will be a fun and engaging session wherein students and ECPs from Divs. 28 and 50 will have two slides and two minutes to present the data from their posters. We encourage you to attend and cheer on the presenters as they work against their 2-minute deadline. The data blitz will precede the poster session, and is designed to facilitate interactions between Divs. 28 and 50, provide valuable exposure for our junior members, and stimulate conversations at the poster session. More information about this session will be forthcoming.

Finally, we are sponsoring several prestigious talks that highlight our award winners, elected fellows, and a presidential address by Div. 28 President David Festinger. The dates/times of each session are forthcoming; however, registration is open so you can begin making your travel arrangements now.