[#DIV28SUPER] Public comments wanted on DEA Scheduling the drug Kratom

Dear Colleagues – We wanted to let you know about an important development at the Drug Enforcement Administration regarding its notice of intent to place mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, two substances of the plant Mitragyna speciosa also referred to as kratom, in Schedule I.  According to our colleagues at the DEA, since publishing that notice, they have received a number of comments from members of the public.  Some of the commenters offered their opinions regarding the pharmacological effects of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine.  To allow consideration of these comments, as well as others, DEA has withdrawn its notice of intent to temporarily place Schedule I controls on kratom and is soliciting public comments until December 1, 2016.


DEA’s withdrawal notice and solicitation of comments may be found here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/10/13/2016-24659/schedules-of-controlled-substances-temporary-placement-of-mitragynine-and-7-hydroxymitragynine-into


Should you have any questions, please contact the DEA’s Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at 202-307-7423.



Geoffrey Laredo

Senior Advisor to the Director

Office of Science Policy and Communications

National Institute on Drug Abuse

6001 Executive Blvd.

Bethesda, MD  20892


mobile 202.329.3060




Connect with NIDA:

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[#DIV28M] Postdoctoral Fellowship

VTCRI Addiction Recovery Research Center Postdoc Opportunity


The Addiction Recovery Research Center of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has NIH-funded postdoctoral research associate opportunities in a state-of-the-art research facility. The postdoctoral associate will contribute to NIDA, NIAAA, NCI, and NIDDK funded research studies employing behavioral economics and neuro-economic approaches to address addiction, obesity, and other health behaviors using both human laboratory and clinical trial methodologiesThese positions will participate in studies using our International Quit & Recovery Registry and studies employing neuro-modulatory transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and fMRI technologies. Research duties will involve authoring and co-authoring manuscripts, assisting with grant writing, and collaborating with investigators. The Addiction Recovery Research Center has an exceptional track record of helping postdoctoral associates further their careers as investigators. 


Appointment:  2-3 yrs.


Eligibility: Applicants should be interested in pursuing a career in addiction, obesity, and health behaviors research. Applicants should also be effective and productive writers and have research training in clinical, experimental, or cognitive psychology or related disciplines. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in psychology, behavior analysis, or a related field. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Benefits: Full-time annual salary, medical insurance coverage, and travel funds supported by NIH grants. Translational research training and career development opportunities are provided as part of this position.


For more information:  Contact Ms. Patsy Marshall (patsym@vtc.vt.edu).


To apply: Send cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and 3 letters of reference to:  Dr. Warren K. Bickel c/o Ms. Patsy Marshall (patsym@vtc.vt.edu). Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.


About us: The Addiction Recovery Research Center (ARRC) was established in 2011 as part of the Virginia Tech CarilionResearch Institute, an innovative partnership of Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic. The facilities and research teams are world-class and focus on transdisciplinary research on the scientific underpinnings of health and a range of diseases and disorders. Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute represents a new model for biomedical and behavioral science in which creative scientists can approach major problems with breadth and depth in a nurturing and intellectually challenging environment. 


About Roanoke, Virginia: Roanoke, Virginia is located in Southwest Virginia in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and accessible by the Blue Ridge Parkway. Roanoke is a vibrant community with an active downtown full of restaurants, theaters, museums, and a new amphitheater that is home to many seasonal festivals and music events. Roanoke also offers great opportunities for an active outdoor lifestyle with 30 miles of greenway connecting charming neighborhoods and beautiful parks along the Roanoke River.


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[#DIV28M] Updates from APA Division 28

Dear Division 28 Members- hope this finds everyone well.  A brief update on two important Division 28 items.  

First, it is time to identify candidates for the following Division 28 positions:


Newsletter Editor

Membership Chair


These leadership positions offer a fantastic way to contribute to our Division and to our field more broadly!  They are great professional and personal experiences as well.  The new positions will begin January 1, 2017 and last 3 yrs.  Please consider running- and if you know someone else who would be a great candidate for one of these roles, encourage that person to run as well.   Interested candidates should email me by November 1.

Second, the Presidential election for the larger APA organization will close on October 31.  If you have not already done so, please vote.  At the August Convention, the Executive Committee met to review the five candidates.  After reviewing the candidates’ biographies and statements, we believe that Rodney Lowman, PhD and Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD are the two candidates who would best promote the professional interests of Division 28 members.  The Executive Committee encourages you to highly rank one or both of these candidates during the election this fall.  The candidates' official biographies and statements may be found at:


Candidate profiles, bios and more for the 2016 president-elect nominations.


Stacey Sigmon, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry
College of Medicine

University of Vermont
UHC-SATC, Room 1415
1 S. Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401
P: (802) 656-9987
F: (802) 656-5793
E: stacey.sigmon@uvm.edu


[#DIV28SUPER] 2016 Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-Convention- "Relapse and Recovery: from Mechanistic Understanding to Translational Research" San Diego Convention Center, Room 7AB, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Friday November 11, 2016

Please register for 2016 Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-Convention- "Relapse and Recovery: from Mechanistic Understanding to Translational Research"   San Diego Convention Center, Room 7AB, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Friday November 11, 2016





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[DIV28_ANNOUNCEMENT] Fellowship in Addiction Treatment


Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment

VA San Diego Healthcare System



The VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) is one of seven sites selected for a VA-funded Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment. Our two-year advanced fellowship is recruiting clinical/counseling psychologists and physicians. Advanced Fellows must demonstrate interest in pursuing VA and/or academic careers with addiction treatment as a significant focus. Fellows will spend at least 75% of their time in educational experiences and clinical research in addiction treatment. No more than 25% of fellow effort shall be for non-educational clinical service. Research mentors hold appointments at VASDHS and/or the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). These include Drs. Tamara Wall and Scott Matthews (Co-Directors), Abigail Angkaw, Robert Anthenelli, Sandra Brown, Neal Doran, Eric Granholm, Igor Grant, Moira Haller, Joanna Jacobus, Nick Mellos, Mark Myers, Robert Nastasi, Sonya Norman, Marc Schuckit, Andrea Spadoni, Susan Tapert, Ryan Trim, and Matthew Worley. Faculty research interests include comorbidity and treatment outcome research, tobacco-related research, brain imaging and neuropsychological sequelae, etiology and genetics of substance use disorders. Please see the UCSD, Department of Psychiatry website for research interests of individual faculty mentors as well as additional information about our affiliate.


Application: Please submit a letter of interest (maximum 2 pages), CV, and 3 letters of recommendation. The letter of interest should include: a brief summary of educational, clinical and research experiences relevant to addictions and a statement of career goals, including research mentor(s) with whom you might be interested in working. For psychologist applicants, materials should be submitted via the APPA CAS website: https://appicpostdoc.liaisoncas.com/ For physician applicants, materials should be submitted by email to vafellowship@ucsd.edu. The application deadline is December 19, 2016 at 7:00 am. Late applications will be considered only for positions that are not filled by applicants who applied by December 19th. Applicants should be available for an interview in late 2016 or early 2017. Phone interviews are possible. Please contact Dr. Tamara Wall (Tamara.Wall@va.gov) with questions about the psychologist position or Dr. Scott Matthews (Scott.Matthews@va.gov) with questions about the physician position.


Qualifications: The following are required for psychologists: 1) completion of an APA-accredited doctorate in clinical or counseling psychology and an APA-accredited clinical psychology internship by September 1, 2015, and 2) U.S. citizenship. The following are required for physicians: 1) completion of an ACGME accredited residency program, 2) a full and unrestricted license to practice in the U.S. or any of its territories, 3) be board certified or eligible with demonstration of active pursuit of board certification, 4) U.S. citizenship, and 5) if a graduate of a foreign medical school, must have evidence of ECFMG certification.


San Diego enjoys a reputation for a highly desirable climate. The nearby ocean, mountains and deserts allow an unusually wide variety of year-round outdoor activities. Major attractions include the San Diego Zoo, theater, music concerts, professional sports teams, and a rich art scene.

[#DIV28SUPER] Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs Special Section on Mechanisms of Behavior Change - Call for Papers!

Dear friends and colleagues,


Please see the attached Call for Papers for a special section of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs devoted to the study mechanisms of behavior change in alcohol and drug use disorders. All submissions will undergo peer review. Manuscripts received by April 1, 2017 will be considered for inclusion in the special section.


We strongly encourage individuals to contact us in advance with ideas by sending a Letter of Intent with draft title and abstract by January 15, 2017 to the Special Section Guest Editors: Molly Magill molly_magill@brown.edu and Katie Witkiewitz katiew@unm.edu.



Katie Witkiewitz

On Behalf of the Mechanisms of Behavior Change RSA Satellite Session Planning Committee (NIAAA U13AA024013)



Katie Witkiewitz, PhD

President, Society of Addiction Psychology (APA Division 50)

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions


University of New Mexico

Albuquerque NM 87131

Office phone: 505-277-5953

Vmail: 505-925-2334

Fax: 505-277-1394




[#DIV28SUPER] APA Collaborative Program Deadline is this Friday (10/14/16)

Greetings everyone,

Just a reminder that the deadline for collaborative program abstracts is this Friday (10/14/16). More information is below, and please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Warm regards,
Kelly Dunn, Ph.D.

The 2017 American Psychological Association Convention will be held from August 3rd – 7th in Washington DC.  As your incoming 2017 Program Chair for Division 28, I ask you to please consider submitting an abstract for the convention. You may submit abstracts for Collaborative Programming (described below, Due October 14), Continuing Education Workshops (Due November 14),  and conventional abstracts for posters or symposiums (Due December 1) . 

Full details are available in the APA Call for Convention Proposals (PDF, 5.8MB).

The link to additional convention information is available here:  http://www.apa.org/convention/proposals.aspx

I will send reminders as the deadlines approach. Please note that Collaborative Programs must be sponsored by more than 1 Division, so please consider contacting me with ideas you may have prior to your submission to help ensure your proposal will meet the requirements for review.
What is a Collaborative Program?

A collaborative program pulls together multiple perspectives on a topic significant to psychology and, where relevant, to society at large. It is a cohesive session that showcases multiple perspectives and involves more than one core area of psychology (i.e., science, practice, education, public interest). Psychologists frequently work in teams across interest areas and disciplines. Collaborative sessions are therefore encouraged to reflect interdisciplinarity and relevant aspects of diversity.

Collaboration goes beyond multiple divisions co-listing a program. Rather, a collaborative program is actively developed by stakeholders with diverse points of view. The overarching goal is to highlight the unique role of APA as a unifying force in psychology.

  • One- or two-hour proposals only.
  • At least two participants in addition to the chairperson of the session.
  • Innovative formats encouraged.
  • Proposals from all career stages, settings and fields encouraged.
  • Programs integrating psychological sciences and practices encouraged.
  • Identify a minimum of two or up to seven divisions relevant to the proposal content.
Review Criteria

Broad appeal, importance of work, current and timely topic, originality and innovativeness, interactive/creative format, scientifically/empirically based and attention to diversity.

Kelly Dunn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
5510 Nathan Shock Drive
Baltimore, MD 21224
P: 410-550-2254; F: 410-550-0030

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