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The Society of Addiction Psychology (SoAP) Live Podcasts are one hour-long training and learning opportunities for students, post-docs, and early career professionals. Held monthly, our podcasts feature live conversations with top researchers and clinicians in the field of addiction psychology. These podcasts address a wide variety of topics, including current trends in addiction psychology research and clinical practice, as well as professional and academic development relevant to a broader audience of trainees from diverse backgrounds. To hear any of these podcasts simply use the audio player slide bar following its description.

Recent Episodes:

Stop Talking Dirty – Dr. John Kelly (April 29, 2016)

Dr. Kelly is associate professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School, founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a licensed clinical psychologist. He is a former SoAP President and a long-time advocate for reducing addiction-related stigma by promoting change in the ways that we discuss, and subsequently perceive, patients with substance use disorders.


How to be a Prolific Addictions Researcher and Maintain Balance in your Life – Dr. Adam Leventhal (March 25, 2016)

Dr. Leventhal is a clinical psychologist and associate professor at the University of Southern California. He directs the USC Health, Emotion, and Addiction a research group that studies the intersection of mental health, addiction, and health behavior, with interests spanning psychopharmacology, developmental psychopathology, and epidemiology of addiction.


An update on the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study – Dr. Susan Tapert (February 26, 2016)

According to the NIH website, “The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study will follow approximately 10,000 children beginning at ages 9 to 10, before they initiate drug use, through the period of highest risk for substance use and other mental health disorders. Scientists will track exposure to substances (including nicotine, alcohol, and marijuana), academic achievement, cognitive skills, mental health, and brain structure and function using advanced research methods.” Dr. Tapert provides an extraordinary look inside this new study, as she reviews the study design and the path to getting this study up and running. This is a podcast you won’t want to miss!


Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Addictions: It’s not what you think! – Dr. Bruce S. Liese (January 8, 2015)

Dr. Liese had an opportunity to be a guest (rather than our usual host) of a SoAP podcast with Dr. Mark Schenker as host. Dr. Liese talked about misconceptions of CBT in the treatment of addictive behaviors. He also provided slides to accompany this live podcast: CBT-Its-not-what-you-think


Behavioral Economic and Public Health Contributions to Interventions for Substance Misuse – Dr. Jalie Tucker (December 4, 2015)

Dr. Tucker discusses behavioral economics as a robust trans-discipline that offers diverse methods to advance knowledge and application in many areas, including in its original applied field of substance misuse. Dr. Tucker was the first elected President (1993-94) of our Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology).  She is a clinical psychologist with public health experience, has 30 years of funded research on substance misuse guided by behavioral economics.


There’s More to a Dissertation Than the Research – Dr. Jennifer Read (October 30, 2015)

Dr. Read shares her experiences as both a graduate student and advisor to uncover the habits, skills, and practices that make some students more successful than others at completing the dissertation. Dr. Read, a professor at the University of Buffalo, has been conducting research on PTSD and substance abuse, particularly in college students. She has also developed the Young Adult Alcohol Consequences Questionnaire (YAACQ), a widely used measure of alcohol consequences that has been translated into a number of languages.


Research on the Effects of Alcohol – Dr. Kim Fromme (September 25, 2015)

Dr. Fromme reviews aspects of her protocols for alcohol administration research and shared various pitfalls to avoid and procedures to follow when working with subjects who are administered alcohol in the laboratory. professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and Director of the Studies on Alcohol, Health, and Risky Activities Laboratory.


Five controversial questions about addictions: Recording, slides, and references now available


What a wonderful discussion!  We had more than 30 participants on the SoAP conference call this month, focusing on the first of five “Controversial Questions About Addictions: “What is an addiction?”.  As always, we’re offering a recording of the call.  Just … Continue reading

Our 3rd monthly Nationwide Conference Call on “Conducting Research in Graduate School” was a great success!


On Friday, March 27, we hosted our third free monthly Nationwide Student and Post-Doc Conference Call.  The topic was Conducting Successful (and hopefully funded) Research in Graduate School and we had 31 people on the call.  Thanks to all who joined us! Our … Continue reading

Scholarships, grants, awards, fellowships and other ways of funding your research


The Society for Addiction Psychology (SoAP; APA Division 50) is proud to sponsor our 3rd monthly Nationwide Conference Call.  Our topic is “Conducting Successful (and hopefully funded) Research in Graduate School.” As a service to students and post-doctoral fellows seeking … Continue reading