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2021 Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Meeting

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Substance Use and Addictive Behaviors across the Lifespan

March 17 - 19 2021

Virtual Format

The Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction (CPA) annual conference is sponsored by Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA). The meeting provides scientific programing on cutting-edge research and clinical advances across the addiction field. Attendees at all levels, will have the opportunity to connect and exchange ideas with experts in the field while attending a variety of educational and practical sessions. We are excited to announce that the annual Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction 2021 meeting will be held virtually this year! The meeting will occur Wednesday March 17th through Friday March 20th. Our priority is to provide a safe and positive conference experience that will incorporate many aspects of CPA that have become pillars of the conference over the last several years, including the mentorship lunch and wellness activities.

Since we were unable to hold the 2020 CPA conference as planned due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Program Committee has decided to focus the 2021 CPA conference on the same theme: Substance Use and Addictive Behaviors across the Lifespan. In recent years, there have been numerous exciting research initiatives exploring addictive behaviors across all stages of development, from youth through older adults. As the older adult segment of our population continues to grow, considering substance use and other addictive behaviors among these individuals is of critical importance for researchers and clinicians alike. We look forward to featuring two keynote addresses by Dr. Sara Jo Nixon (University of Florida) and Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin (Yale School of Medicine) that will highlight exemplary research and clinical practice at both ends of the lifespan. We are excited to announce that accepted symposia from CPA2020 have been given the opportunity to present during CPA2021. Therefore, there will not be a separate call for symposium sessions for CPA2021. The call for poster abstracts has already closed. 

Diversity Statement (PDF)

The Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction (CPA) Conference is committed to the inclusion of scientists, clinicians, and learners from diverse backgrounds who have a shared interest in understanding and treating addictive disorders. This mission is enhanced by a variety of perspectives, and our goal is to create an inclusive, respectful conference environment that invites participation from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientations. At CPA, we want every participant to feel welcome, included, and safe at the conference. To accomplish this, we are actively seeking to increase the diversity of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors through our calls for proposals, schedule of conference events, and through dialogue with the larger communities we serve. Based on attendee feedback from previous conferences, we are excited to implement several initiatives for CPA. These include continuing to engage our CPA Diversity Committee in conference planning, offering a diversity-focused panel in an expanded venue to allow for greater participation, continuing the Diversity Travel Award program, providing presenters with a diversity tip sheet to enhance inclusion and respect for diversity in presentations, and reaching out to a broader community to enhance attendance by members of underrepresented groups. We believe these initiatives continue to move our conference in the right direction, but we also recognize that this is an ongoing process that takes time and attendees are encouraged to speak with the program chairs regarding any concerns about diversity and inclusion at CPA. We are committed to diversity in the communities we bring together, and we welcome your contributions to balanced representation of the richness of our collective conference experience.

Please note: Accepted symposia from CPA2020 have been given the opportunity to present during CPA2021. There will not be a separate call for new oral presentation submissions for CPA2021. The poster submission portal for CPA2021 is now closed. We anticipate announcing acceptance of posters in January 2021. 

Information on Travel and Registration Awards:

Supporting trainees and early career investigators has been a primary focus of the CPA meeting since its inception. Consistent with this mission, we are pleased to offer a limited number of travel and registration waiver awards to help offset the costs of attending CPA2021. Note, selection of awardees is competitive and based on quality of submitted proposals. Awards will be presented in each of the following categories: 1) Graduate student; 2) Postdoctoral fellow; 3) Early career faculty/clinician, defined as within 10 years of terminal degree; and the 4) Nancy M. Petry Mid-Career Travel Award, defined as 10+ years post terminal degree at the Associate Professor or equivalent level.

Specific award amounts will be determined at a later date based on available funding. The number and monetary amount of awards will be decided by the Program Committee, subject to the availability of funds in the conference budget.

There is no separate application for travel awards; presenters indicate their career status in the symposium / poster submission portal. When submitting your abstract, please indicate that you are a member of one of the categories (graduate student, postdoc, early/mid-career faculty). Presenters who endorse one of these categories will be considered for an award.


CPA2021 Diversity Travel Awards:

The CPA2021 Program Committee is committed to increasing inclusion and opportunities for trainees from underrepresented minority groups to attend the conference and present their research. Following a recommendation from the CPA Diversity Committee, the Diversity Travel Awards program was established for CPA2020. We are excited to continue to offer Diversity Travel Awards for CPA2021 sponsored by the Society for Addiction Psychology. Two awards will be given for the 2021 conference, one to a graduate student and one to a postdoctoral fellow.

Eligibility Criteria: This award is intended for a graduate student (at the Masters or Doctorate level) and a postdoctoral fellow (currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship in an addictions-related area) who self-identify as a member of an underrepresented minority group and have limited financial resources to attend the conference. Please refer to guidelines put forth by the National Institutes of Health regarding defining individuals from underrepresented backgrounds: Only members of APA Division 50 are eligible to receive travel awards (includes Member or Student Affiliate status). Diversity Travel Award recipients are required to present a poster at the conference. If you are already presenting a symposium talk, you must also submit a poster abstract to be considered for this award. Recipients of other CPA2021 travel or registration awards are not eligible to receive the Diversity Travel Award. However, the other CPA awards will not be determined until a later date, so please apply if you want to be considered for the Diversity Travel Award.

For more information, please view the CPA2021 Diversity Travel Award Guidelines

Conference Schedule and Program:

The CPA2021 Program Committee is hard at work planning the conference schedule and program. CPA2021 will feature multiple days of keynote addresses, symposia, panels discussions, poster sessions, and interactive mentoring events. The conference will use a central web-based landing page to guide attendees to the various virtual sessions. Please check back regularly to learn more about our exciting conference activities.
Announcing our Keynote and Featured Speakers:

Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine

Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. Her research is focused on developing a bio-behavioral understanding of substance use behaviors in adult and adolescent substance users, with the goal of developing optimal prevention and cessation interventions. In the area of adolescent tobacco use, she has conducted qualitative research including focus groups and surveys to understand patterns and perceptions of use of tobacco products, clinical trials to develop and test the use of novel behavioral and pharmacological cessation and prevention interventions, and experimental evaluations of behavioral and neural predictors of use and cessation behaviors. Because of her expertise in youth tobacco use behaviors, she has contributed to the Surgeon General’s report on “Preventing Tobacco Use among Young People” and also serves as a member of the FDA’s Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Krishnan-Sarin is the Co-PI on the Yale Tobacco Centers Of Regulatory Science which is using a multidisciplinary approach to understand the role of flavors in tobacco and nicotine addiction. Dr. Krishnan-Sarin will deliver a Keynote Address titled, "Understanding Youth Use of e-Cigarettes to Inform Intervention Development". 

Sara Jo Nixon, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, College of Medicine, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Florida

Dr. Sara Jo Nixon is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Florida. She is Chief of the Division of Addiction Research, Director of the UF Center for Addiction Research & Education (CARE), and Director of UF Neurocognitive Laboratory. Dr. Nixon is a Past President of APA Division 50 and a Founding Chair of the CPA Conference. Dr. Nixon uses neurobehavioral methods and models to examine the acute and chronic effects of alcohol and other drugs. Within her clinical research, her team also explores sex differences, the effects of age, and the import of ethnic/racial minority status. Because of the complex nature of substance abuse, Dr. Nixon’s work uses comprehensive behavioral assessments including neuropsychological testing, brain electrophysiology (electroencephalography and event-related potentials), and clinical research interviews. In addition to neurobehavioral research, Dr. Nixon has sustained a strong interest in community outreach and education. Her continued commitment to community outreach is reflected in her on-going work focusing on the cognitive, psychological and social concomitants of substance use. Dr. Nixon will deliver a Keynote Address titled, "WOW! You're Still Drinking at Your Age?".

George F. Koob, Ph.D. Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Dr. George Koob, is an internationally-recognized expert on alcohol and stress, and the neurobiology of alcohol and drug addiction. He is the Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), where he provides leadership in the national effort to reduce the public health burden associated with alcohol misuse. As NIAAA Director, Dr. Koob oversees a broad portfolio of alcohol research ranging from basic science to epidemiology, diagnostics, prevention, and treatment. Dr. Koob will present a Special Lecture on NIAAA's priorities related to research on addictive disorders across the lifespan and he will participate in a moderated Q&A session after his address.




Please note, all presenters MUST register for CPA2021. This includes presenters who are presenting a poster as part of our virtual poster sessions. We will be offering a reduced Poster-Only registration rate for those presenters who are only presenting a poster. This poster-only rate does not provide access to other conference activities (symposia, keynotes, mentoring activities, social events). 

Due to the virtual format for CPA2021, the registration rates for the conference are reduced compared to previous years. The registration rates are provided below.

Division 50 Member $90
Division 50 Early Career Member $70
Division 50 Student Member $50
Non-Member $110
Early Career Non-Member $90
Student Non-Member $60
Poster Presenter Only (Students and Postdocs Only - No Access to any Virtual Conference Content) $35
Continuing Education Fee $50

Refunds/cancellations must be requested before February 15, 2021 and will incur a $50 processing fee. No refunds/cancellations after February 15, 2021.

Please support CPA2021 by becoming a sponsor, donating as a "Friend of CPA", or purchasing advertising for your organization in the conference program book and during conference events. Sponsorships can be paid via check, credit card, or paypal. Additional details can be found in our Sponsorship Prospectus (PDF)


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