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Editor's Corner

SoAP Box: 
Editor's Corner

Spring 2020

Dana Litt, PhD

Dana Litt, PhD



Jennifer Cadigan, PhD

Assistant Editor


Things are getting busy for Division 50!  

  • We are getting ready to elect new candidates to office. Please take a moment to get to know our SoAP candidates so that you can be prepared to make an informed vote this spring. 
  • CPA is closely approaching.  We hope to see you in San Diego!
  • Please also see updates on the APA conference this summer!


Be sure to start with our President’s Column, where Linda Sobell, PhD shares her insights into the success of the CPA conference since its inception.  In this issue, we are also thrilled to announce our award winners: Sandra Brown, Kirk Bowden, Mark Prince, and David Sheff . We have a wonderful ECP piece by our ECP Representative, Noah Emery on how SoAP is an ideal place to call a professional home.  Dr. James G. Murphy also provided a relatable and useful column on how to respond (and move on from) disappointing grant reviews. In addition, I am so excited that we had several submissions for “Clinical Translation” that do an excellent job applying novel research findings to clinical practice.  Please check out these pieces here and here. As usual, we got some really insightful and exciting submissions for “SoAP Box Soundbites” and “Show and Tell”. Finally, be sure to check out the announcements page for updates from Psychology of Addictive Behaviors related to incoming editorial board members and new instructions for authors, updates from the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee of Division 50, and job postings. If you prefer the traditional PDF format, please click here.


For the next issue, I am hoping to continue soliciting new content. I am so excited about the submissions we received this time and I am hopeful that more people will feel comfortable submitting content in the coming issues.  Please submit any of the content requested below to me ( by June 1, 2020.


-SoAP Box Sound Bites. In 50 words or less, please respond to the following prompt—What should be the top priority of Division 50 in the coming year?


-Show and Tell.  This is the place to show off your recent accomplishments, accolades, awards and/or to and highlight the cool ways in which you promote your lab (websites, Facebook pages, Instagram accounts, etc.). Send us a link and description of your current projects, awards, or media attention you may have received, and any other information that you would like to share with our readers. Please limit responses to 200 words.


-Community Corner.  For the coming issue, I want to hear about ways in which you share your research and/or clinical work to the broader community. Please limit responses to 200 words.


-Clinical Translation.  Do you have any recently published work that you wish you would have had more room in the manuscript to discuss clinical implications and applications?  We would love for you all to share recently published work and give us more information about how your research findings could be useful for clinicians. Please limit responses to 1,000 words.


-Finding Success in Failure.  Finding Success in Failure. In line with the recent trend of prominent academics and clinicians sharing their “CVs of Failures”, we want to hear about a time in your career that things didn’t go your way. For this next issue, I am hoping someone will share lessons learned from mentoring experiences that were less than ideal.  How did you handle this, what did you learn, and what would you recommend to others who might find themselves in a similar boat? Please limit responses to 500 words.


 -Ethical Issues.  In this column, we are looking for articles focused on describing ethical issues you may come across in your research and/or addiction-related clinical practice.  Specifically, we want to hear what the ethical issue was, how you handled it, and lessons learned. Some examples could be issues related to googling patients, how you handled it when a patient contacted you on social media, or what happens when you run into a research participant out in the real world. Please limit responses to 500 words.


If you have any suggestions for how we can make the SoAP Box more relevant and impactful for you, please don’t hesitate to let me know. Wanting to see articles on a specific topic? Send your topic ideas to me for upcoming issues. I am always open to ideas for new columns, hot topics to cover, or anything else you think would be useful for our readers. 


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