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Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Annual Meeting

The annual Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction (CPA) meeting was initiated in 2013 to provide a forum for the presentation of novel research findings and clinical practice approaches to the treatment of addiction. The CPA meeting focuses on fostering collaboration from addiction research-to-practice-to-policy. 

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March 18 - 20, 2021

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. The 2021 conference is our 9th Annual CPA and we will be featuring an exciting schedule of keynote addresses, symposia, panel discussions, poster sessions, and networking opportunities.

The Program Committee for CPA2021 is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and will use the best info available to plan the format of our annual meeting in March 2021. Additional details about the conference program, call for proposals, registration, and other events will be posted at a later date.  

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. Instead, we are seeking abstracts for poster presentations for CPA2021. We are especially interested in submissions that align with the conference theme, however fit with the theme is not a requirement for peer review or acceptance of proposals. Please see the Call for Poster Abstracts below

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.

Poster Submissions:

The poster submission portal for CPA2021 is now open (Deadline December 7, 2020 at 11:59pm PT). Please Click Here to Submit a Poster Abstract

View Call for Poster Abstracts (PDF)

We invite poster proposals for presentation at the 9th Annual Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction (CPA2021) Conference! CPA2021 represents a tremendous opportunity to present your work, network with other scholars with shared interests, and learn about the latest in addiction psychology research! Particularly, we encourage addiction psychology research focusing on diversity issues and/or underrepresented minority populations, and welcome poster submissions from scholars of diverse backgrounds.

The theme for CPA2021 continues the theme from CPA2020: Substance Use and Addictive Behaviors across the Lifespan. Amid the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic, CPA2021 Poster Sessions will be held virtually, in conjunction with the regular symposium* and social network programming during March 18-20, 2021.

Each poster proposal should be submitted via the CPA Poster Submission Portal, where you will include a 225-word abstract. The abstract should summarize the significance of the research questions, study design and sample characteristics (if appropriate), analytic strategies, key findings, and conclusion. Each scholar may submit ONE (1) poster proposal as a first author. In the event that multiple poster proposals are received from the same first author, the first submission will be reviewed. Each scholar may be listed as a co-author on multiple poster proposals.

Four scoring criteria** will be used to evaluate each poster proposal: 

  1. Overall Quality/Importance: Justify that the study addresses significant research questions
  2. Innovation/Originality: Indicate that the study yields novel knowledge in addiction psychology
  3. Approach/Methodology: Summarize rigorous and sound research methods
  4. Diversity Considerations: Discuss relevance to underrepresented minority groups, issues related to generalizability, and/or implications for research with diverse populations

**Fit with conference theme is NOT a criterion for the peer review process or a requirement for acceptance. Each submission will be reviewed by a minimum of 2 doctoral-level peer reviewers.


Note, all poster presenters *MUST* register for the CPA Conference. However, since the poster sessions will be held virtually, we will be offering a reduced Poster Only registration rate for CPA2021. Additional details on registration are provided in the Registration section below.

DEADLINE FOR POSTER PROPOSALS: December 7, 2020 11:59pm PT



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.

Additional details on travel awards can be found in the CPA2021 Travel Award Guidelines (Coming Soon).

CPA2019 Travel Awardees


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.

For more information, please view the CPA2020 Diversity Travel Award Guidelines (Coming Soon)

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. 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?".


Due to ongoing planning for CPA2021 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, final decisions about registration rates will be made at a later date. We anticipate posting registration rates in December 2020 or January 2021. We appreciate your understanding.

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). 

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 (coming soon)


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