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Welcome Letter

Welcome to the Society of Addiction Psychology (SoAP). You have joined an active and diverse group of practitioners and researchers brought together by a common interest in excellence of treatment, prevention, research, and professional training across the broad range of addictive behaviors. 

We encourage and promote the professional development of all our members, from students and early career psychologists to those with decades of experience. If you have any questions, please contact me

Here are some suggestions about how to get the most out of your SoAP membership:


  • Explore our website Click on the menu items, or look for specific information via the search box.
  • Read The Addiction Newsletter (TAN), which you will receive via email three times a year. Current and past issues are also available online at the SoAP website:
  • Read our journal, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, published quarterly. To access previous issues, go to, enter your email and password, and click on MyAPA (you can use this even if you are not an APA member).  You will see the journal listed there. Please note that if you have joined SoAP  between August and December, you will not have access until the next calendar year and you will not see the division and journal listed in your myAPA view until about January 1.
  • Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date with the latest division news, and in-the-know about some of the latest research and policy relevant to addiction psychologists.

Twitter: @apadivision50, or



As you learn more about SoAP we encourage you to contribute your expertise and talents to division activities. In return, we will work to help you benefit from the expertise, organization, and strength that the division can bring to your own professional goals.

  • Join a committee: Read about our committees [link] and contact the committee chairs of those in which you are interested. New committee members are always welcome, because they bring a fresh perspective.
  • Participate in our listservs.

All new members of the division are automatically added to the listserv, which we use to send out TAN and other division news. You can manage your APA-hosted listserv subscription through APA’s listserv website:

Our second, independent listserv is a forum for learning about issues of interest to the division, requesting information or help from the membership, and posting job openings. Join this listserv at or by contacting Dr. Bruce Liese at

  • Attend our annual mid-year meeting: Every spring we host a wonderfully intimate, informative conference, “Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction.” It’s a great way to earn CE credits while getting to know your fellow division members. When registration is open for 2023, it will be posted here
  • Submit articles to The Addiction Newsletter (TAN) or to our journal, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.
  • Give us your feedback: We hope that one year from now you will agree that membership in SoAP has not just added a line to your vita, but has truly added to your professional life and development. If it hasn’t, we would like to hear about the reasons for that too.

3. Maintain an Active Membership

All memberships run January through December (rather than one year from the time of receipt). You will receive a renewal notice for the next year in the fall of the current year.

Please let us know if your address or email address changes during the year.  If you would like to add or update your email address, please email

4. Ask questions

We truly appreciate your decision to join our division!  If I can be of assistance in the future, please contact me (  I also encourage you to visit the division’s own website at


Warm regards,

Noah Emery, PhD

APA Division 50 Membership Committee Chair


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