[#DIV28SUPER] Seeking Nominations for the APA Board of Convention Affairs

Dear Colleagues,


We are seeking nominations for the APA Board of Convention Affairs (BCA). Here is a description of the role of BCA from the APA website:


"It shall be the responsibility of the Board of Convention Affairs to recommend policies and procedures to be followed in planning the Annual Convention, to coordinate the programs of Divisions and other organized groups within the Association, and to arrange for programs of general interest at the time of the annual convention."


Attached please find a description of what we are looking for in new members, members' responsibilities and the link where nominations are accepted. Nominations of self or others are accepted.


I am a member of BCA, so am happy to answer questions from any interested individuals.




Rob Leeman



Robert F. Leeman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 

Mary F. Lane Endowed Professor 

Department of Health Education and Behavior 

College of Health and Human Performance 

Co-Director, NIH/NIAAA T32: Translational Science Training to Reduce the Impact of Alcohol on HIV Infection 

Associate Director, Southern HIV & Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC) 

University of Florida 

Florida Gymnasium, Room 14 

PO Box 118210     Gainesville, FL  32611 

Phone: (352) 294-1808 

Email: robert.leeman@ufl.edu 

Faculty webpage: Robert Leeman, Ph.D. - College of Health and Human Performance (ufl.edu)

Lab webpage: EDGE Lab - College of Health and Human Performance (ufl.edu)




[#DIV28SUPER] Postdoctoral Fellow in Substance Use Disorder Research, University of Vermont, Vermont Center in Behavior and Health

The Vermont Center on Behavior and Health located at the Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont announces a NIH (T32) postdoctoral research fellowship opportunity in our internationally-recognized center of excellence for substance use disorder research. The fellow will help will help to lead ongoing research involving pregnant and non-pregnant women with opioid and other substance use disorders. Applicants must have completed their training in psychology or a related discipline, be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and have a commitment to a career substance use disorder research. For more information and to apply visit our website.

Stephen T. Higgins, Ph.D.
Director, Vermont Center on Behavior and Health
Virginia H. Donaldson Professor in Translational Science
Departments of Psychiatry and Psychological Science
University of Vermont
1 South Prospect Street, OH3, MS482
Burlington, VT  05401

VCBH Administrative Assistant: Susan Enos


[#DIV28SUPER] 2-Year Postdoc Position at Davidson College

The Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory at Davidson College invites applications for a 2-year postdoctoral position in the Department of Psychology. The successful applicant will join an NIH-funded laboratory examining behavioral and pharmacological factors contributing to substance abuse using animal models (e.g., drug self-administration). Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree in pharmacology, neuroscience, or psychology, and experience with animal models of behavior. Ideal candidates will have a background in the experimental analysis of behavior with basic expertise in neuroscience and pharmacology. The person accepting this position will play a role in overseeing two NIH-funded projects, and typical activities will include (but will not be limited to), collecting data, writing manuscripts, presenting data at scientific conferences, and preparing extramural grants. Teaching may be an option for those with interest, but it is not a requirement of the position.


Interested candidates should apply via this link and searching for "postdoctoral fellow" under "staff": https://www.davidson.edu/offices-and-services/human-resources/work-davidson


Inquires may be made to Mark Smith at masmith@davidson.edu. Davidson College is a highly selective, nationally recognized, Liberal Arts College located 20 minutes north of Charlotte, North Carolina. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from diverse populations.



Mark Smith, PhD

Wayne M. & Carolyn A. Watson Professor

Department of Psychology

Program in Neuroscience

Davidson College


Office: Wall 392

Phone: 704-894-2470

Website: www.davidson.edu/academics/psychology/faculty-and-staff/mark-smith

US Postal Mailing Address: Mark Smith | Department of Psychology | Davidson College | Davidson, NC 28035

Courier Shipping Address: Mark Smith | Department of Psychology | 209 Ridge Road | Davidson College | Davidson, NC 28035






[#DIV28SUPER] Decision Aids for Clinical Practice Guidelines Now Available!


Decision Aids for Clinical Practice Guidelines Now Available!


APA recently published a set of decision aids to accompany each of its existing clinical practice guidelines (PTSD in Adults, Obesity and Overweight in Children and Adolescents, and Depression in Children/Adolescents, Adults, and Older Adults). The decision aids are intended to facilitate shared decision-making within evidence-based practice in psychology. It is hoped that the decision aids will serve as a concise and helpful resource for practitioners seeking to integrate APA’s CPGs into their broader evidence-based work.


Please share widely with your networks. 



Jacob S. Marzalik, MA (he/him/his)

Project Manager, Clinical Practice Guidelines

Practice Transformation and Quality, Practice Directorate

American Psychological Association


750 First Street NE, Washington DC 20002-4242



All APA staff are teleworking until further notice and are experiencing a high volume of inquiries related to COVID-19. For immediate information and resources, visit APA's COVID-19 page for psychologists, health-care workers, and the public.



Dear Colleagues,


As part of the NIH HEAL Initiative, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is releasing a set of interrelated RFAs to create the HEAL Data2Action (HD2A) Program, a coordinated effort to promote the synthesis and real-world application of existing data to guide and monitor improvements in service delivery to prevent or treat opioid use disorder (OUD) and pain. Collectively, these projects will address gaps in the delivery of evidence-based practices in each of the four pillars of the HHS Overdose Prevention Strategy: primary prevention, harm reduction, treatment of opioid use disorder, and recovery support.


The HD2A program includes four related funding opportunity announcements:

  • HEAL D2A Innovation Grants (R61/R33, March 10 due date) (RFA-DA-22-051) 
  • HEAL D2A Data Infrastructure Support Center (U24, March 10 due date) (RFA-DA-22-052) 
  • HEAL D2A Modeling and Economic Resource Center (U24, March 10 due date) (RFA-DA-22-049) 
  • HEAL D2A Research Adoption Support Center (U2C, March 25 due date) (RFA-DA-22-050) 


Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with NIDA Program staff early in the application development process. This early contact will provide an opportunity to discuss and clarify NIH policies and guidelines, including the scope of the project relative to the HEAL initiative mission and intent of this FOA. Inquiries may be emailed to: HEALdata2action@nih.gov. A technical assistance webinar for applicants to the Data2Action initiative will be held on January 24th, 2022 at 2 pm EST. Registration is required: https://www.drugabuse.gov/news-events/meetings-events/2022/01/pre-application-information-webinar-heal-data2action-program




Barbara A. Oudekerk/Maurer, Ph.D.

Program Officer |Lead Project Scientist, HEAL Prevention Initiative

Prevention Research Branch

Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research (DESPR)

National Institute on Drug Abuse | NIH

barbara.oudekerk@nih.gov  | barbara.maurer@nih.gov | (301) 827-0641

Pronouns: she/her/hers


[#DIV28SUPER] Passing of Richard Saitz


Sorry to share that Richard Saitz, friend to many in Division 28, has passed after a battle with pancreatic cancer.  Dr. Saitz was a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Boston University and a very accomplished scholar, clinician and journal editor.  He published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, helped validate clinical assessment tools used for screening and brief intervention for substance use disorders, and was Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Addiction Medicine and Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Medical Association.

An online memorial portal has been set up for him where friends and colleagues can post messages to the Saitz family for those inclined to do so.

This is a terrible loss to the field and yet another reminder to make our time here count.  
Condolences to the Saitz family on behalf of Division 28.


Ryan Vandrey, PhD
American Psychological Association
Division 28


[#DIV28SUPER] Fwd: [SCIENCECHANNEL] APA Seeks Input on 2 RFIs from Biden Administration


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From: "Prinstein, Mitch" <MPrinstein@apa.org>
Subject: [SCIENCECHANNEL] APA Seeks Input on 2 RFIs from Biden Administration
Date: January 14, 2022 at 3:58:54 PM EST
Reply-To: Forum for urgent science needs with the APA Science and Advocacy Offices <SCIENCECHANNEL@LISTS.APA.ORG>

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The American Psychological Association (APA) is preparing responses for two Requests for Information (RFIs) from the Biden Administration on timely research issues relevant to our communities (below). 1) The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy requests feedback on how health technologies can improve community-level wellness and health equity. 2) The National Institutes of Health solicits comments on the strategic plan for the NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity.
  1. RFI for the White House OSTP
APA seeks your input in responding to a RFI on Strengthening Community Health Through Technology from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). OSTP requests input from community health stakeholders, technology developers, and other interested parties about how digital health technologies are used, or could be used in the future, to transform community health, individual wellness, and health equity. They are particularly interested in information from community-based health settings and about populations traditionally underserved by healthcare. Social, behavioral, and psychological science can contribute significantly to their understanding.
APA seeks your input to inform our response to this request from OSTP and interested individuals should submit comments electronically via this web form February 7th. Contributions will be collected and incorporated in APA's response to the White House.
  1. RFI for the National Institutes of Health
APA seeks your input in responding  a request for information from the NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD) team on its Draft NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity Strategic Plan for FYs 2022-2026 soliciting comments. "The purpose of the COSWD Strategic Plan for FYs 2022-2026 is to communicate how the COSWD will advance its mission to be the agency's thought leader in the science of scientific workforce diversity, using evidence-based approaches to catalyze cultures of inclusive excellence." COSWD anticipates releasing it in spring 2022.
The Plan describes its three goals—to build, disseminate, and act on the evidence to advance scientific workforce diversity—and corresponding objectives and tactics to achieve each of these goals. It also articulates how the COSWD will leverage three cross-cutting strategies—collaborations, accountability, and evaluation—to pursue its efforts across all three goals. The deadline for contributing to the APA response is February 4th. Please submit any suggestions/recommendations you have for the NIH RFI to the following form. We look forward to your input.
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