February 2020

APPA Initiatives to Support Early Career Scientists
Opportunities at APPA for early career scientists
The APPA offers a number of opportunities for students, fellows, residents, and other early career investigators. First and foremost, the curated, single-session meeting program provides a unique context for junior researchers to meet and network with leaders in the field. These connections can take place during breaks in the scheduled program or as part of structured programs described below.To accommodate the unprecedented interest of junior scientists in this year’s APPA, we increased the number of poster sessions from one to two for the first time. We are excited about the junior attendees who will showcase their work at these sessions, and the additional opportunities for dialogue among conference attendees of all levels. We encourage the more seasoned meeting attendees to attend the poster sessions, and make other efforts to meet and connect with junior attendees. We also encourage new and junior attendees to use this opportunity to approach more senior participants, who could be future mentors or collaborators!

Trainee Membership

New this year, we now offer trainee membership to doctoral and medical students. As always, postdoctoral fellows and residents are also eligible for the trainee level membership, which is associated with reduced membership and conference registration fees.

Early Career Breakfast Round Table

Taking place on Saturday morning, this event is devoted to experiences and questions of trainees and early career investigators. The informal discussion offers junior attendees an opportunity to meet and learn from more senior APPA members. Topics of discussion often include grant funding, establishing collaborations, and fellowship and job searches. Senior participants can share insights from their varied career development trajectories. Early career attendees ask questions, share feedback about their experience at the meeting, and benefit from meeting peers connected to APPA. Dr. Helen Wilson, APPA Membership Chair and Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford, will facilitate this discussion, with contributions from other APPA council members. The breakfast roundtable is a popular event that helps to create community connections for junior members and meeting attendees. Interested attendees are encouraged to RSVP.

Mentorship Program

Our mentorship program is designed to help new and early career attendees integrate into the APPA community and annual meeting. During the registration process, APPA members of at least 5 years are asked if they are interested in serving as mentors, and new or early career attendees are asked if they would like to be matched with a mentor. We do our best to match mentees with mentors who have overlapping interests. Mentors are encouraged to meet with their mentees once or twice during the meeting, and for some, connections may form that last beyond the meeting. If you didn’t sign up during registration and would still like to be a mentor or have a mentor, please email helenwilson@stanford.edu by February 19, 2020.

In This Issue…

  1. Early career opportunities
  2. Trainee membership
  3. Early career round table
  4. Mentorship program


Register for the 2020 meeting by February 12th before registration rates increase! 

Take advantage of discounted room rates at the Crowne Plaza through February 12th!

For APPA members, please vote in our upcoming election! Ballots will be emailed soon!

All attendees invited to the 2020 APPA business meeting 

Our annual APPA business meeting will take place on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 12:25 in the main room of the conference. This year, we especially encourage everyone to attend, learn about APPA’s new initiatives, and get  involved in our committee and other activities throughout the year.

2020 Session Highlight – Exposure Consequences

Session 6 and 7 of our 2020 Annual Meeting will focus on “Exposure Consequences.” These sessions will be chaired by Jill Harkavy-Friedman, PhD, and Alan Budney, PhD. The featured speakers include Dr. Robin Murray (Cannabis and Psychosis), Dr. Amy Bohnert (Substance Use, Overdose, and Suicide), Dr. Jaimie Gradus (Suicide and Substance Use Disorders), Dr. Philip May (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders), Dr. Andrea King (Alcohol Stimulating and Sedating Effects), Dr. Sandra Comer (Naloxone), Dr. Margaret Haney (Cannabis Use Disorder), and Dr. Mark Olfson, recipient of the 2020 Hoch Award.


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