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Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Special Interest Group in Addictive Behaviors Newsletter

 Fall Convention Issue 2006





Clayton Neighbors will assume SIG leadership at the Chicago meeting. Please come to the SIG meeting and welcome Clayton to his new post.


Addictive Behaviors Sessions at the National Conference 


There are many sessions dedicated to discussing addictive behaviors at this year’s national conference in Chicago.  Here is a sampling of what you can expect:





8:30-9:30 a.m.           Poster Session 1A: Comorbidity, Anxiety, Addictive Behaviors, Sleep.  Exhibit Hall


9:00-10:30 a.m.         Panel Discussion 1: Translational research: The NIH perspective. International North


9:00-10:30 a.m.         Symposium 2: Translating research into behavioral treatments for substance use. Astoria Room


11:00am-12:30 pm   Symposium 9: Translational research with regard to multicultural substance use. Astoria Room


11:00am-12:30 pm   Panel Discussion 6: The evolution of Cognitive Behavioral Treatment and assessment. International South


1:15-2:45 p.m.           Symposium 19: Emotional dysregulation, Borderline Personality Disorder, and addiction: Investigating precursors, mediators, and outcomes. Astoria Room


2:15-3:45 p.m.             Addictive Behaviors SIG Meeting. Lake Huron


4:00-5:00 p.m.            Poster Session 7A:  Addictive Behaviors. Exhibit Hall


6:30-8:30 p.m.           SIG Poster Exposition at the Cocktail Party.


Here are the posters selected to represent our SIG:


1. Relationship between desired alcohol expectancies and alcohol severity in an alcohol use and anxiety disordered population

Stella Bitran1, James E. Duade1, Kendall Wilkins1, Joo Yeon Im1, Todd Farchione1, David H. Barlow1, Suzy B. Gulliver2, Barbara W. Kamholz2, Sandra B. Morissette2, Eric Devine3, & Domenic Ciraulo3

1Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University

2VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University of School of Medicine

3Division of Psychiatry, Boston University


2. Marijuana Use Moderates Anxious Responding among Adolescents with High Anxiety Sensitivity

Julia D. Buckner, Florida State University
Michael J. Zvolensky, University of Vermont
Ellen W. Leen-Feldner, University of Arkansas
Norman B. Schmidt, Florida State University


3. Disseminating U.S. Adult Drinking Norms for the Delivery of Brief Interventions

Karen K. Chan, Rand Corporation

and G. Alan Marlatt, University of Washington


4. A Brief Intervention for Problem Drinking within an Employee Assistance Program

Karen K. Chan

Rand Corporation

Clayton Neighbors and G. Alan Marlatt

University of Washington


5. Personal Attitudes and Injunctive Norms as Mediators of the Relationship between Religiosity and Alcohol Use among College Students

Neharika Chawla, Clayton Neighbors, Melissa A. Lewis, Christine M. Lee, and

Mary E. Larimer

University of Washington


6. Use of Controlled Drinking Strategies as a Mediator of the Relation between Age of Drinking Onset and Alcohol-Related Negative Consequences

Elizabeth Clark-Polner*, Jessica M. Cronce, William R. Corbin, Rebekka S. Palmer

Yale University


7. Social Anxiety and Alcohol-Related Problems among Undergraduates

Jennifer Day, Lauren Muse, and Christopher J. Correia

Auburn University

8. Gender Differences Among Treatment-Seeking Problem Gamblers

Kristin K. Harris, Christine Franco, Ruthlyn Sodano, Bianca Jardin, and Edelgard Wulfert

University at Albany, State University of New York


9. The Relationship Between Substance Use and Problematic Eating Behaviors in a Sample of National Eating Disorder Screening Program Participants

Natalie Heidelberg, Christine Smith, & Christopher J. Correia

Auburn University


10. Personality Risk Variables from the SURPS: Relations to Adolescent Substance Use Levels, Motives, and Problems

Kanwal Kukreja,1

Sherry H. Stewart,1,2

Patricia J. Conrod,3

M. Nancy Comeau,2 and

Michael Maclean,4

1Dalhousie University, Department of Psychiatry, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 2Dalhousie University, Department of Psychology, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 3Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK 4University of British Columbia, Department of Psychology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


11. Mindfulness in a college population: girls just wanna be mindful

Janis Leigh1 and Clayton Neighbors2

1Indiana State University   2University of Washington


12. Psychometric evaluation of the revised drinking motives questionnaire in a high school student sample

C.J. Mushquash, Dalhousie University, Canada S.H. Stewart, Dalhousie University, Canada M.N. Comeau, Dalhousie University, Canada P.J. Conrod, Institute of Psychiatry in London, United Kingdom M. Maclean, University of British Columbia, Canada


13. The Impact of Hurricane Wilma on Alcohol Use Among

a Multi-Racial/Ethnic Sample of Adolescents

Christopher A. Neumann and Eric F. Wagner

Florida International University


14. Alcohol Consumption and Domestic Violence in Hispanic Colonia Residents
Michelle R. Resor, Leslie D. Braddy, & Arthur W. Blume

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte


15. Influencing Social Perceptions of Alcohol Use to Facilitate Change through a

School-Based Intervention

Marya T. Schulte, Teresa K. Monreal, Maryam Kia-Keating, Sandra A. Brown

University of California-San Diego


16. Motivational Interviewing, Interviewing Adherence and Changes in Alcohol Use among College Students Participating in a Peer-led Brief Alcohol Intervention 

Sean Tollison, Christine M. Lee, Nicole Olson, Teryl Neil, Clayton Neighbors, Ty W. Lostutter, & Mary E. Larimer

University of Washington





9:15-10:45 a.m.       Clinical Grand Rounds 3: Harm Reduction Therapy for active drug users. Continental C


11:00-12:00 p.m.     Poster Session 10A: Addictive Behaviors.  Exhibit Hall


12:00-1:00 p.m.       Symposium 50: Capturing the individual heterogeneity in symptoms and treatment outcomes: Applications of latent growth mixture modeling to behavioral data. Grand Ballroom


1:30 pm-4:30 pm     Workshop 22: Matching intervention strategies to the process of addictive and health behavior change.  Lake Erie


3:15-4:45 pm            Panel Discussion 23: Treatment development and translational research: Personal narratives from treatment creators. Continental C





10:15-11:15 a.m.     Poster Session 16B: Aging, Violence. Exhibit Hall


10:45-12:15pm        Symposium 85: Understanding problem and pathological gambling: From basic research to clinical trials. Continental C





Friday, 2:15-3:45 pm.  Addictive Behaviors SIG Meeting. Lake Huron Room



Here is a sampling of what to expect at our meeting:


Business meeting


Invited presentation: Matthew P. Martens, Ph.D., Work Hard-Play Hard: Heavy Drinking and Athletics


Outstanding Student Poster Award and Early Career Award.



The winners of the 2006 ABSIG awards are:


The Outstanding Student Poster Submission Award: Elizabeth Clark-Polner


The Early Career Contribution Award: Melissa A. Lewis, Ph.D.


Congratulations to our award winners for 2006!



On October 1, 2006, I officially began my 2-year term of office as President of NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals.  (www.naadac.org)  The past two years as President-Elect seems to have flown by rather quickly and I am anxious to begin my term with many plans for the organization including working with Dr. Nancy Piotrowski, President-Elect of APA's Division 50 in several collaborative ventures.  NAADAC has moved rather rapidly in the past decade to increase the number of transprofessionals in its ranks including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses (advanced practice and basic practice), psychotherapists, counselors and many others who work in the substance misuse professions to have a united voice in national forums.  Members of the ABSIG who would like more information about NAADAC and our activities alone or in tandem with APA are invited to contact me at the addresses below.


Best regards,




Sharon Morgillo Freeman, PhD, APRN-CS
Director, Center for Brief Therapy, P.C.
President, NAADAC The Association for Addiction Professionals
10319 Dawson's Creek Blvd., Suite J
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825
260-969-5583; fax: 260-969-5584



Dear Addictive Behaviors SIG Members, 


The Women’s Issues in Behavior Therapy SIG is very pleased to announce two special events to honor the past and current Women Presidents of ABCT at the upcoming annual conference in Chicago, IL. The first event will be a dinner held on Thursday, November 16th, from 7:00 to 9:30 pm at the Tamarind Restaurant, and the second event will be a recognition ceremony held on the morning of Saturday, November 18th, from 9:30 to 10:30 am in the Lake Huron Room at the Chicago Hilton Hotel. The following Presidents have graciously accepted our invitation to attend the dinner and most have said they will be able to attend the Saturday recognition ceremony: Drs. Anne Marie Albano, Gayle Beck, Marsha Linehan, Jacqueline Persons, Patricia Resick, Linda Sobell, and Toni Zeiss. Everyone is welcome to attend both events. However, seating is limited for the dinner on Thursday, and will be allotted on a first come-first serve basis. Details of both events are listed below.


Thursday 11/16 Dinner, 7:00-9:30 pm


The dinner at Tamarind Restaurant will be a relaxing, warm welcome for the Presidents that will begin with pre-dinner cocktails, a brief introduction for all of the presidents, followed quickly by dinner. Dinner will include an eclectic selection of Asian dishes and will conclude with a French dessert from Sweet Thang Cakes. Tamarind Restaurant comes well recommended, and it is only 3 blocks from the Hilton Chicago at 614 South Wabash (312-379-0970) (www.tamarindsushi.com). The cost of the dinner (not including alcoholic beverages) is $40 ($35 for Women’s SIG Student Members). To reserve your spot, please send a check (made out to Women’s SIG) to Jillian Shipherd, Ph.D., National Center for PTSD, Women’s Health Sciences Division (116B-3), VA Medical Center, 150 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130. In addition, please send an e-mail to the following address (aabt_womens_issues_sig@yahoo.com) to alert us that your check is en route. We will send you a receipt of your payment with information that is required for reimbursement.  The dress code is flexible to assist those who may be traveling or will not have the opportunity to change because of conference demands. Dress will most likely vary from business casual to formal business wear. Please do not delay if you want to attend this dinner - as of October 26, we have only 20 available seats. In addition, the restaurant is requesting a head count by November 6, and after that time - even if all the seats have not been taken - we cannot guarantee a spot for you.


Saturday 11/18 Recognition Ceremony, 9:30-10:30 am, Lake Huron Room, Chicago Hilton Hotel


We will honor the Women Presidents and their contributions to ABCT and the field in general during the last hour of our Women’s SIG Business Meeting, The presentations will include highlights from their careers and the Presidents will also share their experience and wisdom with us all.


Event Attendees and the Women’s SIG


Anyone attending the ABCT conference is welcome to attend these events, though many of the dinner attendees will be Women’s SIG members. The Women’s SIG is a subdivision of ABCT that is “open to all ABCT members who are interested in women’s issues.” We have approximately 60 members with a variety of research and professional interests. We are committed to increasing women’s participation in all levels of conference activity and ABCT governance. We aim to increase knowledge and awareness of women’s health and mental health issues, and to provide opportunities for the women of ABCT to network with each other. Information on our membership and SIG activities is available on the ABCT website.


We hope that many of you will join us to honor the ABCT Women Presidents. They are truly remarkable role models, and we feel privileged to have them as our guests of honor. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at aabt_womens_issues_sig@yahoo.com..


Best regards,




Giao Q. Tran, Ph.D.

Leader of ABCT Women’s SIG

Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry

University of Cincinnati






ABCT Convention 2006


The Student SIG invites you to participate in a student/professional social event!!!



Please join the Student SIG on Friday, November 17th for an informal social hour. We hope to encourage making professional and academic connections and mentoring relationships with those clinicians and researchers already practicing in the field.



The social event will be held from 4 pm to 5 pm in the Hilton room 4D. Please bring colleagues and anyone interested in interacting with students who are preparing to enter the field of psychology!



Please contact me with questions: mwalker@philhaven.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!




Positions available


Wanted: Clinical Psychologist with expertise in evidence-based practice. Must be eligible for licensure or licensed in New Mexico. This is not a salaried position but an opportunity to become a partner in Behavior Therapy Associates, LLP (BTA). Partial support (.5 FTE) from the Research Division could be provided during the first year if you have experience conducting clinical trials in the addictions.

BTA is in Albuquerque, NM. It is an organization of psychologists involved in clinical practice and clinical research, consulting, and training in the addictions (through its Research Division. BTA) was founded in 1980 and is well-known and well respected. As a result, we have a large referral base that would facilitate developing your clinical practice.

For more information contact Susan P. Kaspi at spkaspi@behaviortherapy.com or Reid K. Hester at reidhester@behaviortherapy.com


Full time Psychologist Position


We are seeking a clinical psychologist to serve as the Senior Educational Coordinator for the Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education (CESATE) at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. The primary mission of the Philadelphia CESATE is to facilitate the transfer of evidence based medicine from research findings to the care of patients. Our approach is one of defining scientifically proven strategies, adopting these for clinical practice and disseminating this experience broadly. The primary responsibility for the Senior Education Coordinator is to integrate new and existing knowledge and skills into clinical practice. In addition, the Coordinator will work with researchers throughout the VA and locally with faculty at the University of Pennsylvania to identify novel treatment models that can be adapted to the VA system. There are opportunities for collaborations on existing research projects particularly in the area of alcohol misuse and opioid addiction. Applicants must possess a clinical psychology doctoral degree (PhD). Applicants should have training and supervisory skills in an evidenced based psychotherapy such as CBT or MET.

Interested candidates should mail or email a cover letter and current CV to David Oslin, MD CESATE Interim Director. (dave.oslin@med.va.gov; tel # 215-823- 5800 X 5894; Fax # 215-823-4123) Philadelphia VA Medical Center, 3400 Woodland Avenue, CESATE 116- 2nd floor, Philadelphia PA 19104. The VAMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico: is seeking to hire an outstanding addictions researcher at any academic rank for a full-time tenure-track position. Minimum requirements are a Ph.D. in psychology and a strong program of research in addictions. Clinical psychologists also must have completed an APA-approved clinical internship. We seek individuals with a strong publication record, and either demonstrated extramural funding or the likelihood of obtaining funding, in addictions. Additional preferences include: excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, experience mentoring graduate students, professional contributions to the field (e.g., member of an editorial board, held office in a national or local organization, position of leadership in a Psychology Department), and collegiality. We prefer that individuals are able to work closely with colleagues in the Psychology Department and with researchers at the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA). The specific research area within addictions is open, but examples include: treatment or prevention, other applied clinical research, experimental psychopathology, health psychology, health economics, or substance abuse policy. The appointment is targeted to begin August 2007. Applicants must send a signed letter of application, curriculum vitae, representative publications, and at least three letters of reference to: Jane Ellen Smith, Ph.D., Chair, Addictions Search Committee,  University of New Mexico, Department of Psychology,  MSC032220, Albuquerque, NM 87131-1161; e-mail: janellen@unm.edu. Preference will be given to applications received by December 1, 2006, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer; women and minorities are encouraged to apply.



Department of Psychology at University of North Carolina-Charlotte invites applications for Assistant Professor in Health Psychology, tenure track, to begin August, 2007. UNC Charlotte is the 4th largest institution of the UNC system and located in Charlotte, the largest city in the Carolinas. Required qualifications include a Ph.D. degree in Clinical, Developmental, Health, Social or Biological Psychology; a promising program of research relevant to health (broadly defined) with potential for distinguished research productivity; and interest in teaching and mentoring doctoral students in the new Interdisciplinary Health Psychology Doctoral Program. Desired qualifications include a track record of publications and obtaining external funding for research, advanced quantitative skills relevant to health research, and experience teaching health psychology or advanced quantitative courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels. Applications, consisting of a letter of interest, statement of research/teaching interests, curriculum vitae, a copy of graduate transcripts, representative publications, and evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available), along with three letters of recommendation may be sent by mail or email (in .PDF format), to Dr. Art Blume, Chair, Search Committee, Department of Psychology, UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC, 28223-0001; awblume@uncc.edu. Applicants from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2006, and continue until the position is filled. AA/EOE




Postdoctoral Fellowship in Alcohol Research.  We anticipate openings for 1 or 2 positions.  This is a two-year appointment, commencing no earlier than July 1, 2007 and no later than December 31, 2007, within the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Addictive Behaviors Research Center in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, and is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (Principal Investigator, Mary Larimer; Co-Investigators, Drs. G. Alan Marlatt, and Ilene Bernstein).  This fellowship will provide training for individuals who wish to pursue a career in alcohol research, with an emphasis on the etiology and prevention of problem drinking and alcohol dependence.   As this topic will be approached from both psychosocial and biobehavioral perspectives, individuals with background training in relevant areas of psychology (clinical, health psychology, behavioral neuroscience, social, developmental, cognitive, behavioral pharmacology, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit a cover letter indicating areas of interest, CV, and three letters of recommendation to tw33@u.washington.edu by February 1, 2007. Please also submit a hardcopy to Mary Larimer, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Psychology Training in Alcohol Research Program, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences 4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 306C, Box 354694, University of Washington, Seattle, WA  98105. The UW is committed to training culturally diverse research fellows and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Due to the Federal Guidelines only applicants who are national citizens or current green card holders will be considered.


Postdoctoral Fellowships in Addiction Research

The Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) has openings for up to TWO POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS IN ADDICTIONS RESEARCH. Faculty preceptors include: Lynne Cooper (drinking motives, alcohol and high-risk sexual behavior, personality), Tom Piasecki (tobacco dependence and withdrawal, alcohol and tobacco interactions), Ken Sher (etiological processes in alcohol use disorders, comorbidity), Wendy Slutske (behavioral genetics of alcoholism, antisocial behavior disorders, and pathological gambling), Tim Trull (alcoholism and personality, personality disorder comorbidity),  Phil Wood (alcohol use and cognitive development, quantitative methodology), Denis McCarthy (drinking motives, underage use, drinking and driving), Bruce Bartholow (alcohol and social neuroscience, alcohol and social behavior),  Dennis Miller (behavioral pharmacology of nicotine), and Matt Will  (neuropharmacology of appetitive behavior). Postdoctoral research fellows will undertake advanced training in addictions and pursue their own research interests under the supervision of faculty sponsors. MU’s addiction training is closely affiliated with the Midwest Alcoholism Research Center (MARC) based at Washington University in St. Louis (PI: Andrew Heath). Postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to become involved with MARC research activities in addition to those activities based on the MU campus.   One position is internally funded and international candidates will be considered. The other position is on an NIAAA Research Training Grant, and the applicant must be a United States resident or citizen. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or other doctoral degree relevant to the study of the psychology of addiction. Send vita, up to 5 representative reprints, a cover letter describing your research interests and training goals, and 3 letters of reference to: Addiction Research Training, c/o Carol Waudby, Dept. of Psychological Sciences, 200 S. 7th Street, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211. Inquiries can be made to Ken Sher, 573-882-4279, Email: SherK@missouri.edu.  The University of Missouri-Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, status as disabled veteran, or veteran of Vietnam era.