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The Addiction Psychologist Podcast

Dr. Noah Emery and Samuel Acuff interview researchers, clinicians, and policymakers in the field of addiction psychology with the hopes of enhancing recovery. New episodes the second Monday of every month, with some added content in between. The podcast can also be accessed through Apple podcasts and Spotify. Official podcast of the Society for Addiction Psychology. Transcripts of each episode can be found by clicking here


Dr. John Kelly - Stigma in Addiction and Courses of Recovery

posted: Monday, May 10, 2021 - 20:10

Addiction is among the most stigmatized of all social/health problems. Language surrounding clinical care in addiction is unlike any other area of medicine in that it often uses terms that are pejorative and lack specificity. In this episode, Dr. John Kelly talks about why we need to “stop talking dirty” in addiction research and treatment. He also discussed the results of the National Recovery Study – the only epidemiological of people in recovery ever conducted. Ever wonder how many serious attempts it takes to resolve an alcohol or drug problem, on average? He will cover that and more in this cannot-miss episode. Dr. Kelly is an endowed Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the Founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the Program Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS) and Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine (CAM) at MGH.

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Melissa Schick - Substance Use among Indigenous Populations

posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 13:06

Across substances, rates of use are high in indigenous populations across North America. Melissa Schick discusses the historical and ongoing trauma experienced by these populations and why it might be related to higher rates of substance use. Melissa also discusses combining strength-based approaches, from the perspective of positive psychology with community participatory research to provide culturally humble treatment and interventions. Melissa Schick is a Doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Rhode Island and the Senior Student Representative to the executive committee for the Society for Addiction Psychology.

Dr. Debra Kaysen - PTSD and Alcohol Use Disorder

posted: Monday, April 5, 2021 - 09:52

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) often co-occur. A great deal of research has attempted to understand the nature of this relationship. Is PTSD a risk factor for AUD? Is high risk drinking a risk factor for PTSD? These questions can help us understand which of the two disorders to target first. Dr. Debra Kaysen talks about her research on treatments for co-occurring PTSD and AUD, focusing special attention toward state of the art science on ordering effects. Dr. Debra Kaysen is a clinical psychologist and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Kaysen’s area of specialty both in research and clinical work is in treatment of those who have experienced traumatic events including PTSD, mood and substance-use disorders. Debra is one of the leading researchers in adaptation of evidence-based PTSD treatments to increase access to evidence based treatments for diverse populations (Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, Native Americans), comorbidities (alcohol use disorders, HIV risk behavior), and for use in non-specialty care settings (digital health, telepsychology and primary care settings). Debra is currently the Immediate Past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).

Laura Lesnewich - Biomarkers of AUD

posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 09:13

Biomarkers are objective signs or indications of a clinical state which can be measured reliably and accurately. Biomarkers are important because they can reveal mechanisms of behavior and help inform treatments. Laura Lesnewich talks about Biomarkers for Alcohol Use Disorder and her work identifying Biomarkers related to executive functioning deficits. Laura is a Doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers and a Predoctoral intern at the Coatesville VA Medical Center. 

CPA 2021 Poster Session

posted: Monday, March 15, 2021 - 10:46

Listen to the future voices of addiction research. Seven students/ECRs discuss their excellent work which will also be presented live, during CPA 2021 from March 17-19. All interviewees were winners of the CPA registration award. Primary presenters, poster titles, and timestamps for posters below. Registration is still open:

Neo Gebru (1:48-10:20) - “That’s Pot Culture Right There”: Purchasing Behaviors of Recreational Marijuana Users

Hallie Jordan: (10:20-18:55) - Psychometric Validation of the Protective Drinking Practices Scale in a National Sample of Students

Dr. Jenni Teeters (18:55-26:24) - A Mobile-phone Based Intervention Is Associated With Reductions In Driving After Cannabis Use Among Near Daily Cannabis Users

Dr. Emily Hennessy (26:24-36:59) - Parents and Family Mechanisms of Social Recovery Capital for Youth Recovery

Marie O'Hanrahan (36:49-42:10) - Factors Predicting Substance Use Relapse: Service-Providers Perceptions

Dr. Frank Schwabel (42:10-48:32) - Budding Recursive Partitioning Tress to Identify Predictors of Cannabis-related Outcomes (

Thalia Sullivan (48:32-55:03) - Validation of the Daily Sessions, Frequency, Age of Onset, and Quantity of Cannabis Use Inventory Among an Illicit Cannabis Using Population

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